Procare as pre-pregnancy supplement

 
 

Procare is more than just a supplement for pregnant women, it also offers many benefits for women who are trying to conceive. A healthy, successful pregnancy isn’t something that is simply switched on the moment conception occurs. It involves preparation prior to conceiving so when you become pregnant, your body and nutrition are already in full swing. Furthermore, good nutrition will support the body’s ability to conceive.

Obtaining a good supply of nutrients before pregnancy will increase nutrient reserves and support early development throughout the first trimester which is a vital period when cells divide and the formation of vital organs such as the heart and brain takes place. Without pre-pregnancy supplementation, your body may be required to play catch up on any nutrients you might be low in. This process can take time and can compromise the amount of nutrients that you can provide to your baby.

So why does Procare make an excellent pre-pregnancy supplement?

Folic Acid (Vitamin B)

It is well established that folic acid is essential for neural tube development in early pregnancy and if supplemented at least one month prior to conception, it can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the newborn. It is recommended that once women reach child-bearing age, they should increase their daily intake of this vitamin. Folic acid is required for rapid cell division and DNA synthesis, two important components in the very early stages of gestation.

Iron

First and foremost the ability to support another life requires oxygen. During pregnancy, the only way your baby can obtain oxygen is by the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin, which requires iron in order to be produced. It is therefore vital that women prior to pregnancy can build up a strong reserve of iron to support the extra needs of oxygen delivery to the baby. It can take some time before iron levels in the body increase, thus the earlier iron intake improves the better chance a women may have of reaching the requirements of iron during pregnancy which have increased by 50%.

Zinc

There are over 100 different enzymes that rely on zinc to carry out reactions for growth and development which are important for sex gametes and embryogenesis. Zinc is required for DNA synthesis, protein production and cell division, making it one of the most required nutrients the moment a new entity is formed and the zygote quickly replicates to become an embryo in the early stages of pregnancy.

Vitamins C & E

Oxidative stress is one of the main factors that can reduce fertility in both men and women. The accumulation of free radicals, particularly with age can damage the sex gametes (sperm in men and eggs in women) therefore reducing ability to conceive. Vitamins C and E are natural antioxidants that can protect cells from oxidative damage. In particular, vitamin C accumulates in the ovaries to support the production and release of eggs.

Vitamin D

The sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone play vital roles in a woman’s ability to conceive. Vitamin D is essential for the production of these two hormones, thus a low vitamin D status can create an internal environment that does not favour conception. An sufficient vitamin D status is important for women to be in their optimal health condition which is needed if they are wanting to conceive.

Calcium

Similar to iron, pregnancy requires a good reserve of calcium. If there isn’t enough calcium in a woman’s diet during pregnancy, it is removed from her bones to support fetal bone formation. Excessive maternal bone loss isn’t ideal as it can increase the risk of health conditions like osteoporosis later in life. Rather than waiting until pregnant to address low calcium intake concerns, building a strong reserve of calcium prior to pregnancy will not only provide your baby with calcium for bone formation, but also reduce the amount that is taken from your bones.

Omega-3 fatty acids

The omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA are important components of cell membrane structure and function. They are required throughout pregnancy to support growth and have a positive influence over gestation length. In addition, these essential fatty acids also support a healthy ovulation.

More essential vitamins & minerals

While perhaps less talked about but still important, the body requires a variety of essential vitamins and minerals to carry out early cell division and function. Furthermore a healthy ovulation cycle is also influenced by a healthy diet rich in nutrients. Obtaining a good amount of these nutrients everyday help the process of one cell (zygote) successfully become and embryo, an embryo to a fetus and a fetus into a healthy newborn baby.

 

Procare contains all of the nutrients listed above, making it a good supplement to take before conception to prime the body for pregnancy.