Low levels of zinc have been shown to be related to increased birth defects, low birth weight, miscarriage and even behavior problems down the road.
Aim for this amount: 10 mg twice a day.
Other nutrients moms-to-be need
- B1 (also called thiamin)—25 mg
- B2 (also called riboflavin)—25 mg
- B3 (also called niacin)—At least 30 mg
- B5 (also called pantothenic acid)—At least 30 mg
- B12—400 mcg twice a day
- Biotin —300 mcg
- C—400 mg twice a day (remember, it's water soluble, so you need two doses over the day)
- D—600 IU twice a day
- E—200 IU twice a day (or, preferably, 400 IU of mixed tocopherols)
- Magnesium—200 mg three times a day; twice a day prior to pregnancy
- Selenium—100 mcg twice a day
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