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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal Vitamins

Proper nutrition during pregnancy is essential for a healthy baby, and it can be difficult to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals from diet alone. This is why prenatal vitamins are such a crucial supplement during pregnancy.

The two most important components of prenatal vitamins are folic acid and iron.

Folic Acid

Folic acid aids fetal development and helps prevent neural tube defects. It is especially critical during the first 28 days of pregnancy,nso patients are encouraged to take prenatal vitamins one they are even thinking about conceiving.

Iron

Iron is just as important for mother as it is for baby. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood supply dramatically increases to nourish the fetus. This influx of blood can decrease her iron levels and cause anemia. The iron from prenatal vitamins gives the mother the balance she needs, and contributes to baby’s bone growth.

Prenatal vitamins are especially important for an expectant mother with morning sickness because they replace the nutrients she’s losing from her diet.

When should I stop taking prenatal vitamins?

Patients should take prenatal vitamins throughout pregnancy and even while breast feeding or until their doctor says it’s okay to discontinue their use.

 

What type of prenatal vitamins should I take?

Whether you get your pills from the supermarket, drug store or a prescription, they basically all work the same way as long as they contain enough folic acid and iron. Suggested amounts are 17 mg of iron and 400 mcg of folic acid a day, but you should consult your doctor to make sure these amounts are right for you.

 

Prenatal vitamins make me sick. What should I do?

If a certain prenatal pill doesn’t agree with the patient, there are options to help ease the discomfort:

– Try taking them at different times of the day.
– Try them with food and without. Taking them with food usually works better.
– There are some brands that are chewable and some that are liquid. These are good for women who have difficulty taking pills.