During the first few weeks of pregnancy, before most women find out that they are pregnant, the neural tube has already developed or closed. The neural tube forms the baby’s brain and spinal cord, which is essential to the central nervous system. A woman’s nutritional folate status can play an important role in the formation of the neural tube. Folic acid, a supplemental form of folate, is clinically proven7 to reduce the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Iodine is an essential nutrient for the growth and normal development of baby’s brain. Iodine requirements increase during pregnancy and breastfeeding and it is important that women planning pregnancy and who are pregnant or breastfeeding have an adequate intake to support the needs of their developing baby.
Following the mandatory fortification of commercial bread- baking with iodized salt, it is still recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women will require a pregnancy supplement containing iodine10.
Iron demand increases during pregnancy due to the rise in maternal blood volume, growth of the foetus and placenta9. Iron helps prevent dietary iron deficiency. Iron is important in the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body so it’s a good idea to make sure you are covering the increased needs of pregnancy.
Elevit with Iodine contains a range of additional vitamins and minerals to help support baby's development. Elevit with Iodine includes 19 mg of nicotinamide (vitamin B3), which meets the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) current recommended daily intake of vitamin B3 for pregnant women in New Zealand.