The most important supplements for pregnant women

Written by: Mr Keith Duncan
Edited by: Conor Dunworth

A woman's pregnancy is a special period of her life that is characterised by joy and anticipation. It is crucial to ensure the mother's and the baby's health and well-being throughout this time. A successful pregnancy depends greatly on proper nutrition, and vitamins can be a useful addition to a prenatal diet. In this article, we'll talk about the essential prenatal vitamins and Mr Duncan's services, a reputable doctor who's committed to assisting expectant mothers on their path to parenthood.


How important are supplements during pregnancy? 

While eating a balanced diet is important during pregnancy, it can be difficult to get all the nutrition you need from food alone. Prenatal supplements are made to fill in nutritional gaps and supply the precise vitamins and minerals necessary for the mother's health and the development of the developing baby.


Folate or folic acid 

Folic acid, also known as folate, is one of the most crucial nutrients for expectant mothers. The growth of the baby's neural tube, which develops into the brain and spinal cord, depends on this B vitamin. The likelihood of neural tube abnormalities can be considerably decreased with adequate folate intake. Mr Duncan can advise you on the proper folic acid dosage and make sure you're reaching your particular requirements throughout your journey.



Because iron aids in the movement of oxygen throughout the body, it is crucial for the mother and the developing baby to get enough oxygen for proper growth and development. Iron is frequently needed in excess by pregnant women to make up for the blood volume increase. Mr Duncan can keep an eye on your iron levels and, if necessary, suggest supplements to ward off iron-deficiency anaemia.



The growth of the baby's bones and teeth depends on calcium. A pregnant woman's body may draw calcium from the mother's reserves if her diet is low in calcium, which could have an impact on the mother's own bone health. By giving you advice on the best calcium supplements, Mr Duncan can make sure that your bone health is maintained throughout pregnancy.


B12 vitamin

The growth of the brain system and the production of red blood cells both require vitamin B12. Mr Duncan can provide recommendations for vitamin B12 supplements if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet even though it is mostly found in animal products.


Obtaining advice from Dr Duncan

Mr Duncan is a well-respected medical professional who focuses on pregnancy and women's health. Her effort to offer thorough prenatal care and advice on nutrition and supplements shows how committed she is to the health of expectant mothers.Visit  now to find out about our capabilities and how we can help you during your pregnancy. You may have a healthy and happy pregnancy with the appropriate advice and the most essential nutrients, laying the foundation for a happy future for both you and your unborn child.



You can book a consultation with Mr Duncan right now via his Top Doctors profile.

By Mr Keith Duncan
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mr Keith Duncan is a highly regarded expert and leading consultant obstetrician in London. With over 30 years' experience, Mr Duncan has delivered more than 3,000 babies both in the NHS and as one of Europe’s top private obstetricians. His areas of expertise include childbirth, caesarean, antenatal care, multiple pregnancies, ultrasound and high-risk pregnancies, as well as early pregnancy scanning and management.

Mr Duncan graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB) from Leeds University. He went on to undertake training in the North of England before relocating to London for his specialist training in maternal and fetal medicine. In 2001, he was awarded accreditation as a sub-specialist in maternal and fetal medicine. From 2003 until recently he held his NHS role as Consultant in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

He has now left the NHS to concentrate on his new project Dr Duncan Birth, delivering at The Portland Hospital and consulting and scanning in and around Harley St. He is now offering online consultations to serve patients beyond London. He offers early pregnancy scans and early pregnancy management. 

His personable and calm approach has gained him the reputation as a first-class practitioner in multiple and high-risk birth situations, as well as a holistic approach to low-risk birth. He is renowned for his hands-on approach, down-to-earth manner and meticulous attention to detail, making him a popular choice with both first-time mothers and a loyal following of repeat patients. He is a strong supporter of personal choice in childbirth and listening to the individual needs and wishes of each patient. Whether it’s water births, caesareans or hypno-birthing, his philosophy is to provide a positive birth experience for all parents to be.

As a member of the British Maternal Fetal Medicine Society, for over 10 years, Mr Duncan served as the representative for London and the South West at the prestigious Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists taking an active interest in global women’s health. His research interests focus on ultrasound scanning and development in utero, having been one of the pioneers of the use of MRI in fetal assessment, for which he was awarded his MD thesis.

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