If a pregnancy is planned, some women stop smoking, forego the occasional glass of wine and eat healthier. However, the question still lingers in many prior to pregnancy, whether the woman has sufficient amounts of all important vitamins, trace elements and minerals or whether she is lacking nutrients relevant to pregnancy and should take dietary supplements.
Women, who wish to take dietary supplements with respect to a planned pregnancy, should choose them carefully. An essential criterion in this process is the composition of the dietary supplements. Women planning a pregnancy should thoroughly review which vitamins, trace elements and minerals are contained in which amounts in the dietary supplements and, if necessary, consult with their gynaecologist. The gynaecologist knows the existing recommendations for the intake of nutrients prior to pregnancy and can assess to what extent dietary supplements are sensible or necessary prior to a pregnancy depending on the nutritional habits of the woman. When planning a pregnancy, particularly dietary supplements that not only contain vitamins and other nutrients, but also the least amount of additives should be opted for that would only superfluously burden the body of the woman and, thus, the child.
During pregnancy, not only are nutrients passed along to the child, but also harmful substances. Therefore, women planning a pregnancy should reduce the burden of harmful substances at an early stage. This includes, e.g. extensively avoiding additives in food. Even with the intake of dietary supplements, it is necessary to ensure that valuable vitamins and trace elements, but no burdensome additives are contained.
If planning to remove amalgam fillings, this should not be planned during, but rather prior to or after the pregnancy and breastfeeding period due to the elevated exposure to mercury. When removing amalgam fillings prior to pregnancy, if necessary, an additional discharge can reduce the exposure to mercury for the mother and child.