It is well known that when trying for a baby, women need to take steps to ensure they are as healthy as possible in order to maximise their chances of conception. Here are our favourites from pre-conception to post-pregnancy.
BUMP & GLORY
Bump & Glory capsules by Bare Biology are perfect during pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. One capsule a day contains an unrivalled dose of 560mg of DHA and 40mg of EPA, which is equivalent to eating a large tin of sardines. Unlike cod liver oil they do not contain Vitamin A, which can be harmful during pregnancy. £32 barebiology.com
Natural liquid iron supplement Spatone Apple which contains iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park. The iron naturally present in Spatone can help top up your iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron food supplements. £12.49 for 28 sachets, available from Boots and Holland & Barrett
A unique complex of Food-Grown® vitamins and minerals formulated for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Providing the required 400ug of folic acid as natural Food-Grown® folate which contributes to healthy growth of your baby and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Synergistic nutrients including Vitamin D, Iron and Vitamin B12 to support energy, the immune system and the changes stages of development (cell division, DNA synthesis, baby's bones) during pregnancy as well as supporting your health as the pregnant mother. £32 wildnutrition.com
This product is expertly formulated to support mother and baby, providing vitamin D, folic acid, vitamin K and vitamins B1, B6 and B12. £9.95 betteryou.com/dluxpregnancy
For men too
Vital DHA contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), plus a small amount of Zinc. It has been designed to help protect both partners’ DNA from oxidative damage during preconception as well as to support normal fertility and healthy sperm production. £15.50 zitawest.com
Vitabiotics Pregnacare His & Her Conception is a dual pack contains both Pregnacare Conception and Wellman Conception nutritional tablets, which have been specifically designed to support the nutritional requirements of both men and women who are trying for a baby. RRP £18.35 for 60 tablets available from Boots or online at vitabiotics.com
After you have given birth and started breast-feeding, your body has another set of nutritional requirements. Revital Essence includes important nutrients such as Calcium, which is important for the development of bones and teeth, and Vitamin D which helps support continuing cellular growth. We’ve added Choline too, an essential nutrient necessary for the development of healthy cell membranes as well as a broader and more effective range of valuable anti-oxidants to help support the immune system. £26.50 zitawest.com
During and after pregnancy your hair goes through some BIG changes. In many cases, this can be increased shedding, thinning of hair and hair loss. Hairburst for New Mums contains safe levels of biotin which is still effective for normal hair growth pre, during and post pregnancy. £19.99 hairburst.com
NB. Pregnant women should always check with their GP before taking any health supplements.