Many people in the UK consume a diet, which contains lower than ideal levels of vitamins and minerals. This occurs for several reasons including; low fruit and vegetable intake, hectic lifestyle, erratic eating pattern, lack of balanced diet and poor food choices. As a result of this many women are at risk of not meeting the increased vitamin and mineral requirements during pregnancy. Many women choose to take a pregnancy specific multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, such as Pregnacare or Pregnacare Plus in order to boost dietary intake and ensure that the baby is receiving everything that he or she needs.
The vitamins and minerals that are most likely to the deficient during pregnancy are outlined in the table below, along with the foods that will provide these: