Prenatal Multivitamins: really beneficial or marketer trap?

Uma mulher grávida segurando uma laranja e um blister de comprimidos

The fact that vitamins and minerals are an important part of our diet isn’t anything new. Particularly for pregnant woman, vitamins and minerals can be very beneficial. But is it necessary to spend all that money on multivitamins, or is that just what marketers would like us to do?

During pregnancy, women will do their very best to ensure that their babies receive all of the nutrients that they need to ensure that they grow and develop as expected and are born healthy and happy. This makes them easy prey for marketers that claim expensive multivitamins are what we need during pregnancy. But studies reveal that not all vitamins are as essential as we might expect. In the journal “Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin”, UK researchers published a report in which they stated that they didn’t find any evidence that pregnant women should any take prenatal multi-nutrient supplements, other than folic Read more

Risk factors versus the wellbeing of pregnant women

Today, at Best Doctors Blog we are analysing the importance of health during what is a special time for women – their pregnancy. It is a period in which there are significant changes in a woman’s life: physical, hormonal and dietary, which can cause a considerable deterioration in the mother’s future health.

It does not come as a surprise that the probability of a woman suffering from depression increases just as much during pregnancy, as after it (the well-known postnatal depression). Postpartum depression may occur as a direct result of hormonal changes, the effects of stress, physical changes experienced by pregnant women or even due to some environmental factors.

What factors can give rise to health problems? According to a number of studies and specialists, the conclusion that can be made is that there are numerous factors that can affect this deterioration of health. Some of the main causes of these problems are the following: Weight gain and physical changes Eating problems Lack of physical exercise Although, as stated by the experts, we must also take into account other risk factors when analysing episodes of mood swings in pregnant women. -       Unwanted pregnancies: in this case, the fact that the situation is not expected can greatly affect the mental state of patients. -       Stressful events Read more