The moment a woman discovers she’s pregnant, her doctor will recommend that she takes prenatal vitamins - most definitely folic acid and iron, and often calcium as well. This is because most pregnant women will not get enough of these essential nutrients through their diet alone and a deficiency in some of these vitamins may lead to birth deformities and pregnancy complications.
Supplements Provide Essential Nutrients Every Pregnant Mother Needs
Research has shown that folic acid supplementation can reduce the risk of birth defects, like cleft lip, spina bifida, and certain heart defects by up to 70%1. Preventing iron-deficiency anaemia can decrease the risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight and infant mortality2. Similarly, Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to adverse effects to both mother and baby, including but not limited to bone diseases, hypertension, gestational diabetes, preterm delivery, and postpartum depression3.
How Nausea and Morning Sickness Affect Nutrient Intake
Morning sickness is a common discomfort during pregnancy and some pregnant mothers may find that taking prenatal vitamins further aggravate it. In situations like these, vitamins that can be consumed through liquid form, such as Similac Mom® may be better tolerated.
Extra Energy from Maternal Milk Supplementation
Although it is recommended for pregnant mothers to eat as healthily as possible, maternal milk supplementation during pregnancy is a good insurance policy for both mother and baby. Preventing nutrient deficiencies can ensure the healthy growth and development of the baby. An added benefit of taking a maternal milk supplement like Similac Mom® is that it also provides extra calories for energy. During pregnancy, a mother undergoes enormous changes in her body to support the growth and
development of her baby.
All of this activity in a mother’s body increases her daily energy requirements by 280 calories in the second trimester and 470 calories in the third trimester4. Mothers also need an extra 8 grams of protein in the second trimester and 25 grams of protein in the third trimester4 to provide the building blocks for all this growth.
Two servings of Similac Mom® provide an additional 252 calories and 17 grams of protein towards a pregnant mother’s increased energy and protein requirements. Prenatal supplements alone are not suffice for maternal nutrition as they do not provide macronutrients such as energy and protein. Maternal milk supplements like Similac Mom® offer a simple one-step solution that helps to support a pregnant woman’s increased daily energy and nutritional needs.
1. Czeizel A, et al. (2013) Folate Deficiency and Folic Acid Supplementation: The Prevention of Neural-Tube Defects and Congenital Heart Defects.Nutrients 5:4760-4775.
2. Abu-Ouf NM and Jan MM. (2015) The impact of maternal iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia on child’s health. Saudi Med J 36:146-149.
3. Mithal A and Kalra S. (2014) Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 18:593-596.
4. Malaysia RN1 2017