Pregnancy is a time of transformation and growth where the nutrients the mother consumes forms her baby. The baby grows over weeks and months to form complex body systems & cognitive abilities. The mother’s body too, undergoes changes to accommodate the growing baby. The nutrient requirements of the mother change, the ligaments and muscles of the uterus stretch, the joints of the pelvis become more flexible to facilitate childbirth and the mother’s body starts to produce breastmilk. As a result of all these changes, the nutritional requirements for the mother also change during the second, third, and fourth trimesters of pregnancy – both so she can maintain her health and ensure her child’s growth & development. To provide adequate nutrition to a pregnant woman during each trimester, a Trimester-Wise Prenatal is essential.

To understand how the baby forms and what does it mean for the mother’s nutrient requirements, let’s understand it Trimester-Wise.

Trimester 1

The first trimester of pregnancy involves the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall. The amniotic sac forms to cushion & protect the baby. The placenta begins to form. The face, eyes, nose, mouth, lower jaw, blood cells, Neural Tube, Digestive Tract, Sensory Organs, and all major organs are formed in this trimester and continue to develop during pregnancy. Bone replaces cartilage, fingernails & toenails begin to develop, teeth begins to form, circulatory & urinary systems begin to work, the liver starts producing bile, and the baby can open & close it’s fists and also move a little bit.

The important nutrients a pregnant mother requires during Trimester 1 of pregnancy are –

  • Folic Acid or Folate – Folic Acid supports the baby’s neural tube formation during its 1st trimester. Trimacare 1 Prenatal Tablets contain L-Methyl Folate, a 7 times more bioavailable form of folic acid that is absorbed even by people who have the MTHFR gene mutation.
  • Iodine – helps in the production of Maternal Thyroid Hormones & supports the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system.
  • Vitamin A – supports the development of baby’s vision & maintains maternal eye health. It also plays a role in a baby’s organ development.
  • Vitamin B12 – Essential for baby’s Neural tube formation, brain and spine development and produces DNA & Red Blood Cells in conjugation with Folate. Aids the mother’s metabolism and improves maternal mood, energy, and stress levels.
  • Vitamin D – Supports Calcium Absorption, required for the mother’s & baby’s bone health.
  • Vitamin C – Helps collagen production which ensures normal growth, healthy tissue & wound healing. Increases immunity and Iron Absorption to prevent anaemia.
  • Zinc – Supports wound healing, immunity & cell division, and also prevents preterm birth & low-birth weight.
  • Anti-Emetic & Vitamin B6 – Reduces Nausea & Vomiting that is common in first trimester of pregnancy.

Trimacare 1 contains all these nutrients in the correct quantities, to help you meet the specific nutrient requirements of the first trimester for growth & development of the baby.

Trimester 2

During the second trimester, the foetus doubles in size, the mother can feel its movements, and the baby’s hearing begins to develop. In addition to well-defined fingernails and toenails, the child’s eyelids, eyebrows, eyelashes, and nails have formed, and their teeth and bones are becoming denser. The baby’s nervous system begins to function in the second trimester, reproductive organs and genitalia are fully developed, and the heartbeat is audible with the help of a doppler. Hair begins to grow on the baby’s head, fine hair called lanugo grows on the baby’s shoulders, back, and temples and sheds after birth. The baby’s skin is coated in vernix caseosa, a whitish “cheesy” substance that protects the baby from prolonged exposure to amniotic fluid & is shed right before birth. Newly developed muscles in a baby can cause “quickening” – the first movement the baby makes, which can be felt by a pregnant woman. As the pregnancy progresses, the baby responds to sounds, the eyelids part, the eyes open, and jerking movements can be felt by the pregnant mother. Apart from Iodine, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc like the first trimester, additional nutrients required in this trimester are –

  • Iron – Supports the development of the baby’s blood supply. It is also important for hemoglobin production, oxygen transport, and thus reducing maternal fatigue. The unique Time-Release Iron in Trimacare 2 is excellent for Iron supplementation during pregnancy without the gastrointestinal side effects of conventional iron tablets.
  • Omega-3 – It is essential for the baby’s brain and eyes development. The EPA supports the transportation of DHA into a baby’s cells and is important for mediating DHA concentration across the placenta. It also prevents Pre-Term Birth & Low-Birth Weight in the baby. Trimacare contains vegetarian Omega-3s derived from Deep-Sea Algae making it suitable even for vegetarian Indian Pregnant Mothers.
  • Calcium – Essential for the development of a baby’s bones & teeth and regulates muscle contraction & nerve function.

The Time-Release Iron & Vegetarian Omega 3 in Trimacare 3 make it a great choice of Pregnant women.

Trimester 3

Trimester 3 refines the “Finer Details” of the baby. Eyelashes and taste buds develop during this trimester, and most of the development is complete. Every week, the foetus gains about half a pound, the mother’s internal organs adjust to accommodate the growing baby, and the baby turns heads down for delivery. The bones of the baby harden but the skull of the baby is flexible which allows squeezing through the birth canal during childbirth.

Along with Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Omega-3 as in the previous trimesters, demands for these specific nutrients peak –

  • Magnesium – It prevents growth retardation in the foetus, hypertension in the mother, and pregnancy-induced leg cramps in the mother.
  • Vitamin K – Supports labour as it reduces the chances of bleeding.
  • Bowel Regulator – Effectively relieves constipation in pregnant women.

Preparations for the newborn’s arrival during the third trimester are intense, and the mother deserves to feel her best. Magnesium & Bowel regulator in Trimacare 3 helps eliminate uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms of Trimester 3 so that the mother can enjoy this trimester.

Take Away 

As the Pregnant Lady’s nutrient requirements change with her transforming body & baby’s growth, Trimester-wise nutrition makes sure that no nutrient gaps affect the health of the mother and the baby. Trimacare’s Advanced Trimester-Wise Course meets the specific requirements of each trimester. The unique formulation designed as per the WHO & ICMR recommendations by doctors, nutritionists, and gynaecologists contains 20 plus nutrients in one tablet. Combined with Time-Release Iron, Anti-Emetic Blend & Vitamin B6, and Bowel Regulator Trimacare Prenatal Tablets ensure that the Pregnant Mother’s comfort is enhanced. Trimacare is recommended by Top Doctors, and made for the specific requirements of Indian Pregnant Mothers.