What is the significance of vitamin A for pregnancy?

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1 What is the significance of vitamin A for pregnancy?

Vitamin A is particularly important for women during pregnancy. Among other things, the vitamin ensures healthy growth of the unborn child. Vitamin A is also essential for the maturing of the lungs and the growth of tissue and cells. Due to its fat solubility, the human organism is able to store the vitamin. Pregnant women in particular should make sure that they are sufficiently supplied with beta-carotene. From the fourth month of pregnancy onwards, the need for vitamin A is slightly increased.

    2 What is vitamin A?

    Vitamin A is a vital vitamin that cannot be produced by the body itself. For this reason, the vitamin must be taken in daily with food. Strictly speaking, vitamin A is an organic compound that is important for biological processes. Vitamin A is particularly important for vision and cell growth. According to the recommendations of the German Nutrition Society (DGE), women should take in approx. 0.8 mg (2.6 i.U.) and men 1.0 mg (3.3 i.U.) of vitamin A per day. For children the value is approx. 0.6 mg (2 i.U.). However, in some life situations (such as pregnancy), certain diseases or operations, the daily intake may be increased.

    3. function of vitamin A

    • Maintenance of normal mucous membranes
    • Maintenance of good vision (differentiation between light and dark)
    • Strengthening of the bone structure
    • Fight against free radicals
    • Maintenance of healthy skin and hair
    • cell growth
    • testosterone production

    4. foods containing vitamin A

    Animal foods (e.g. liver) contain large amounts of vitamin A. However, little vitamin A is found in foods such as butter, milk or fish. Preliminary stage of vitamin A (beta-carotene) can only be found in plant foods.

    Foods with a high beta-carotene content are: (Vitamin A content per 100g) :

    • Liver approx. 22 mg / 73 i.U.
    • Kale approx. 9 mg / 30 i.U.
    • carrot approx. 9 mg / 30 i.U.
    • liver sausage approx. 8.5 mg / 28 i.U.
    • parsley approx. 6 mg / 20 i.s.
    • Dried apricot approx. 6 mg / 20 i.e.
    • Savoy cabbage approx. 5 mg / 17 p.m.
    • Dill approx. 5 mg / 17 i.e.
    • Palm oil approx. 4.5 mg / 15 i.e.
    • Lamb's lettuce approx. 4 mg / 13 i.e.
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    5. conclusion: What is the significance of vitamin A in pregnancy?

    Vitamin A is particularly important during pregnancy, as the vitamin ensures healthy growth of the child. It is essential for lung development and cell growth. For this reason, pregnant women should always make sure that they are sufficiently supplied with vitamin A. Since vitamin A is fat-soluble, the vitamin can be stored in the body.


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