A lot of changes occur during pregnancy and a woman’s body puts in an amazing amount of effort to support a developing baby during gestation as well as trying to maintain a balance for mom. There is no doubt that this involves a lot of hormonal changes. One group of hormones that can be affected after pregnancy are the thyroid hormones.
Getting to know the thyroid
Your thyroid is best described as a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. In the body, the thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. This system uses hormones to communicate to other glands throughout your body. The thyroid plays a large role in maintaining many vital functions by regulating your metabolic rate (aka your metabolism), body temperature, it controls growth, bone metabolism and central nervous system development.
Did you know that by the 10th week of gestation, the thyroid gland has already developed and has begun secreting small amounts of hormones because of its vital role in metabolism a...
Pregnancy brings so many exciting moments and is the start of a wonderful journey. Throughout this journey, there are certain nutrients that can help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Today’s post will be a continuation of the Healthy Pregnancy Series all about important nutrients for pregnant women. Today’s nutrient of discussion is iron.
Why is iron important during pregnancy?
Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps your blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body as hemoglobin. As with many nutrients, your iron needs during pregnancy increase because your body makes more red blood cells to support you and your baby. Also, iron supplies the placenta as well as brain development and iron stores in your baby for the first six months after your baby is born.
How can you get enough iron?
In the first trimester, there are only small changes in your iron needs but in the second and third trimester, your blood volume goes up and you need more iron. Many women may have trouble mee...