- embryonic development
- healthy skin
- mucous membranes
- infection resistance
- bone growth
- fat metabolism
How much vitamin A do I need?The recommended daily allowance is 770 micrograms of vitamin A per day during pregnancy and post pregnancy. When you are breast feeding you will need to increase that amount to 1,300 mcg per day. It may sound like a lot, but it is actually pretty easy since Vitmain A is found in such a wide variety of different foods, such as:
- Fortified cereals
- Fruits and vegetables (beta-carotene form)
Should I take a vitamin A supplement?If you are following a healthy eating plan, especially plenty of fruits and vegetables, and taking a good quality prenatal supplement, then there is no reason as to why you would need to take an additional vitamin A supplement.
Good food sources of vitamin A?Well considering that you will want to get as much of your vitamin A in the beta-carotene form, you should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially oranges, yellow fruits and leafy vegetables. Of course you can also get vitamin A from meat, eggs, dairy products and cereals.
- 1 baked sweet potato: 1,403 mcg
- 1 cup cooked carrots: 1,342 mcg
- 1 cup boiled spinach: 1,146 mcg
- 1 piece pumpkin pie: 660 mcg
- 1 raw carrot: 433 mcg
- 1 cup boiled butternut squash: 401 mcg
- 1 packet instant oatmeal: 285 mcg
- 1 cup nonfat fortified milk: 145 mcg
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