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Posts Tagged ‘vitamin b12 pregnancy’

Avoiding Vitamin B12 Deficiency while Breast Feeding

Monday, May 16th, 2011



If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s important to know your vitamin B12 levels, in order to avoid vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause harm to your baby and also make you feel severe fatigue, depression, and early symptoms of nerve damage.


What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient which your body needs to maintain a healthy nervous system, produce ample amounts of red blood cells, support brain functioning and promote good metabolism.

Vitamin B12 also monitors homocysteine, an amino acid which is associated with increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

How can I include vitamin B12 in my diet?

Animal proteins are especially high in vitamin B12. For that reason, vegans are warned to get B12 supplementation regularly in order to avoid B12 deficiency. Food sources which are rich in vitamin B12 include:

  • Lean meats, particularly beef chuck and organ meats, such as liver, kidneys and heart
  • Fish, including salmon and halibut, and shellfish, such as clam, crab, mussels and oysters
  • Dairy products, including Swiss cheese, yogurt and milk
  • Eggs
  • Fortified cereals

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency can only be diagnosed through a blood screening. It’s important to recognize vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms in the early stages, in order to prevent serious nerve damage, memory loss,  mood disorders, and increased risk for heart attack or stroke.

Some of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Weakness
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numb feeling in hands and feet
  • Altered taste perception
  • Decreased motor control

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Are nursing mothers at risk for getting vitamin B12 deficiency?

Breast feeding mothers are more likely to suffer vitamin deficiencies than mothers who bottle-feed.  This is because they share a significant amount of nutrients they consume with their baby. In order to maintain healthy levels of vitamin B12, nursing moms must make up the difference by either taking vitamin B12 supplements or increasing their consumption of B12 in their diet.

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If I nurse often, is my baby still at risk for becoming deficient in vitamin B12?

Cow’s milk and baby formula are rich sources of vitamin B12, and so is the breast milk of a mother with healthy levels of vitamin B12.

The milk of a nursing mother who has vitamin B12 deficiency, however, will likewise have low levels of vitamin B12.

Furthermore, while an adult could harbor low B12 levels for a long time before showing any symptoms of depletion, a malnourished infant can use up his vitamin B12 stores much more rapidly, leaving a very small window of opportunity for treatment.

If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency in infants could lead to:

  • Severe vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Anemia
  • Stinted brain development
  • Failure to thrive
  • Death

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What vitamin B12 supplements are available for me and my baby?

Nursing vegan moms and pregnant women are strongly advised to supplement with vitamin B12. If vitamin B12 deficiency is diagnosed, your physician might prescribe vitamin B12 injections.

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Pregnant Moms and Low B-12 Levels: Let ‘em Eat Steak!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

New study links high levels of B-12 in healthy food during pregnancy with less colicky babies

Steak might be the last thing in the world you can think of eating right now, if you happen to be a newly-pregnant mom-to-be, particularly if you’re in the beginning stages of morning sickness. But a study published by Early Human Development proves that eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy which included foods high in vitamin B-12  will guarantee a happy, less colicky baby who cries less.


In this study on prenatal health and B-12 in pregnancy, 3,000 pregnant women were examined.

  • Each participant submitted to blood testing during the initial prenatal check-up at three months, which included measuring the levels of vitamin B-12 in their blood.
  • Following childbirth, each subject kept a log of how often her baby cried, and for how long.
  • Scientists notes that the new moms who had particularly low levels of B-12 in pregnancy were eight times more likely to have babies who cried excessively and were difficult to placate than the pregnant moms who had high levels of B-12.
  • 5% of moms who exhibited B-12 deficiency symptoms gave birth to colicky babies, where only about 1% of moms who had sufficient levels of vitamin B-12 had babies who tended to cry a lot.

Scientists say,“This study provides first evidence for an early nutritional origin in infant crying behavior.”


  • Healthy nutrition during pregnancy is key to having a happy baby; eat foods during pregnancy which are rich in vitamin B-12.
  • Extensive research has been done linking vitamin B-12 with healthy brain functioning, neurological development and production of red blood cells.
  • A high correlation exists between B-12 deficiency and autistic children. Other symptoms of  B-12 deficiency may include short term memory loss, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, numbness in hands and pernicious anemia.
  • Good sources of B-12 include all meat, fish, dairy and egg products, particularly shellfish, liver and lean cuts of beef.

Certain factors may interfere with one’s ability to utilize vitamin B-12 naturally.

  • Pregnant women on vegetarian diets must take vitamin B-12 supplements in order to make up for its exclusion in their diets.
  • Any persons taking antacids or other heartburn medication must also take B-12 in order to avoid deficiency, as these medications interfere with B-12 absorption.
  • Other people at risk include gastric bypass patients, individuals with autoimmune disorders or malabsorption syndromes.


Daily Mail, Inhabitots, Dallas News, Wellsphere, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, AyushvedaEarly Human Development

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Pregnant Woman- Morguefile.com, Steak- Morguefile.com

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