Second trimester (weeks 13-28)
This is a time of rapid growth and development, and while morning sickness may have subsided (we really hope it has!), your body is handling a spectrum of new tasks and symptoms.
Deciding whether to stick or switch up your prenatal for the second trimester? Alongside maintaining meaningful levels of iron, calcium and folate, as covered above, look out for:
1. Specific B vitamins, including B5 & B7
B vitamins play a vital role in healthy pregnancy, for mum and baby. In the second trimester, two key ones to look for in a prenatal include vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B7 (biotin).
Both are crucial for healthy metabolism, ultimately contributing to sustained energy as your second trimester ramps up. And by energy, we don’t just mean keeping exhaustion at bay – although that’s part of it – but crucially the energy required at a cellular level.
B vitamins are primarily found in meat and animal produce, leafy greens and legumes.
2. Calcium, for bone formation
Calcium plays a vital role in the second trimester of pregnancy as it contributes to the development of a baby’s bones, teeth, heart and muscle. It also supports proper blood clotting and nerve function in both mother and baby.
Excellent dietary sources to pack in alongside your second trimester prenatal include sardines, dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt – kefir is also particularly high in calcium – and leafy greens.
3. Choline, for brain development
This powerhouse nutrient is particularly essential for your baby’s brain development during pregnancy, as well as prevention of neural tube defects.
Demand increases during the second trimester, and thanks to its recent reformulation, Vital Essence 2 specifically packs in a higher dose of choline, in line with the very latest research.
Alongside factoring it in when choosing your prenatal for the second trimester, get more choline into your diet with fish – salmon is a particularly good source – and legumes, eggs, beef and poultry. Vegetables like cauliflower and brussels sprouts are also great choices.
4. Magnesium, for muscles, nerves, bones & teeth
The second trimester is an important phase for bone and teeth development, so alongside a good level of calcium, getting enough vitamin D and K is crucial, as well as magnesium.
You’ll find magnesium to be a handy tool too in maintaining a well-functioning nervous system – pesky Charlie horses and pregnancy aches and pains, as well as stress and sleep issues, can all be worked on really effectively with effective magnesium dosage.
Get more magnesium into your diet with a focus on plant sources – from nuts and seeds to spinach and dark chocolate.
Vital Essence 2 is formulated to check off all of these essential nutrients. Plus a few more, with a targeted focus on essential iodine, manganese and chromium – often missed out by prenatals, and the average dietary intake.