Vitamin B6 During Pregnancy

Vitamin B6 is crucial for the healthy function of the brain and nervous system and thus plays a critical role in the development of your baby.

Specifically, it’s necessary for the healthy production of serotonin and norepinephrine, key neurotransmitters.

Vitamin B6 is important

  • Your baby requires a supply of Vitamin B6 for healthy brain and nervous system development.
  • B6 can resolve some cases of morning sickness
  • It helps you maintain healthy blood glucose levels
  • It plays a role in preventing several issues in newborns, including eczema and low birth weight

How much vitamin B6 you need
A pregnant woman should aim for about 1.9 mg of Vitamin B6 daily while breastfeeding mothers should take in slightly more — about 2mg.

Natural sources of vitamin B6
Many different types of food offer natural Vitamin B6 such as brown rice and other whole weed cereals; seeds and nuts; fruits such as bananas or papayas; fish; and lean meats. Many beans and legumes are especially rich in Vitamin B6 — kidney beans, soybeans, and chickpeas all make excellent natural sources of the nutrient. Even a single serving of any of these foods with your meals will significantly reduce your likeliness of experiencing a deficiency of B6.

Top 10 foods for vitamin B6

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts (pistachios hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, cashews)
  • Fish (safe catch elite tuna and wild salmon)
  • Poultry (chicken and turkey
  • Lean pork)
  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins, or apricots)
  • Lean beef
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Spinach

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