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Vitamin B6 and pregnancy

If you are suffering from morning sickness in the  first weeks of pregnancy, vitamin B6 can help decrease the symptoms. Vitamin B6, like folic acid and vitamin B12, is a B vitamin. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin. The body uses vitamin B6 for protein metabolism.

Sources of  vitamin B6:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Wholegrains and Bran

How much vitamin B6 do I need?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin B6 is between 1 and 1.5 mg/day, for pregnant women the RDA is 1.9 mg/day.

The amount of vitamin B6 that you will need to lessen the nausea is between 30 and 75 mg/day. This amount can be consumed by taking supplements. Remember, it is best to consult your doctor before taking any supplements and excessive intake can be harmful. Also, keep in mind that morning sickness often naturally goes away after the first 12-20 weeks of your pregnancy.

Find out more at vitamins during pregnancy.

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