Vitamin K is a superhero to prepare, both you and your baby for labour and post labour recovery. Vitamin K plays an essential role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. While Vitamin K deficiency is rare, in order to reduce the risk, an injection is given to all babies just after they are born.
Why is vitamin K so important during pregnancy?
Vitamin K is also essential for healthy bone growth and protein synthesis in the liver, in addition to playing a key role in blood clotting. Its blood clotting properties are important during childbirth, when your body is resting and beginning to heal after you have given birth.
Without getting sufficient levels of Vitamin K immediately after birth, babies are at a risk of developing a Vitamin K deficiency, which may lead to a rare disorder called hemorrhagic disease that increases their risk of excessive bleeding.
How much vitamin K do you need when you’re pregnant?
During pregnancy, consuming a healthy well-balanced diet is the number one priority. Based on your size, the precise amount of vitamin K you need varies. Adults require approximately 1 mcg of vitamin K a day for each kilogram of their body weight. By eating a healthy, nutritious pregnancy diet, you should comfortably be able to get all the vitamin K that you and your baby need. There is certainly no need for dietary requirements of Vitamin K when you are pregnant. However, once the baby is born, he or she may need additional Vitamin K supplements.
Please note that the capacity to digest nutrients such as vitamin K may be impaired by consuming certain medical conditions and drugs. You might need to take a vitamin supplement if there’s a chance that you’re not getting enough. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have any questions, as taking a supplement excessively may affect your baby.
Which foods contain vitamin K?
Foods rich in vitamin K include:
- Green leafy vegetables – such as kale and spinach
- Brussels Sprouts
- Vegetable oils
- Cereal grains
Protecting your baby with vitamin K at birth
It is generally rare for babies to develop a Vitamin K deficiency, however, some babies at birth can have low levels of Vitamin K.
In this case, a booster injection is given to them shortly after they are born, only to be on the safe side. Oral dosages are also available of the same.
Try increasing your intake with these vitamin K-rich snacks and meals:
- A bowl of vitamin K- fortified breakfast cereal
- Roast asparagus with a poached egg
- Steamed broccoli with your favourite salad dressing
- Oven-baked kale crisps
- Sesame-crusted tuna steaks with quinoa and baby spinach
Best supplement for Vitamin K
TrimacareTM! A specially designed solution for pregnant women to provide nutrients, including Vitamin K, needed by both the mother and the child.
It is highly rich in Vitamin k and is different for each trimester, as your needs are unique in each trimester. It furnishes all the nutrients required for a pregnant woman and her child holistically and supplements your needs perfectly.
TrimacareTM is prepared from all-natural plant-based sources with no chemicals, no side effects and it is highly absorbent. Each tablet takes care of the specific needs of the mother and child during each trimester.
Is TrimacareTM safe?
It is a single-pill solution for all your micronutrient needs during pregnancy.
As mentioned earlier, TrimacareTM is 100% chemical-free, safe, made with natural ingredients. It also aids in alleviating morning sickness, constipation, and fatigue.
Consult your doctor before starting any kind of medication or special diet. And don’t forget to read, write, exercise, and relax.