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Benefits of Prenatal Vitamins for Baby

Prenatal vitamins are extremely important; the benefits of prenatal vitamins for baby are so conclusive, it is recommended you start taking them when you are trying to conceive. Some experts believe this might actually reduce your risk of a miscarriage after you become pregnant.

benefits of prenatal vitamins for babyTaking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy is not always possible for some women, but taking them during pregnancy is essential. Prenatal vitamins contain the most important nutrients that a new mother needs to have a healthy baby.

Folic Acid

By taking in extra folic acid, you lower your chances of your baby being born with an incomplete spinal column which is known as spina bifida. In order for your baby to be protected, it is imperative that folic acid is taken in the first four weeks of fetal development.

This can be a problem for women who do not take prenatal vitamins before they are pregnant. Most of the time women do not know they are pregnant until after they missed their period, which is about two weeks after conception. This is why if you are of child bearing age, you should make it a habit of taking folic acid even if you are not planning to become pregnant; we all know that not all pregnancies are planned.

You can still get plenty of folic acid in food. Folic acid is added to many breads and pastas and is found in dark green and orange fruits as well as vegetables. Keep in mind: taking a daily supplement of folic acid offers more protection from spina bifida then eating the same amount of folic acid in food.

While you are pregnant you should try to take at least 600mcg of folic acid a day. If you have already  had a baby with a neural tube defect, you will have to take much more: 4000 mcg or 4 milligrams of folic acid every day, starting at least a month before you get pregnant.

Iron

Iron prevents you from becoming anemic, and supports baby's growth and development. Iron supports healthy red blood cells.

Calcium and Vitamin D

These vitamins support the growth of healthy bones in your baby.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Often found in fish, omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for brain development. If you do not eat much fish this would be good to include in your prenatal vitamins.

If You Have Problems with Nausea

Some women report that they can not take their prenatal vitamins, especially in their first trimester. Women who suffer from morning sickness and food aversions find that they can not eat much food. Taking a prenatal vitamin on an empty stomach can leave you feeling nauseous. It helps to take them with a snack, or when you are not feeling queasy, or right before going to sleep.

…or Constipation

This is due to the high iron level that some prenatal vitamins have. Remedies include adding more fiber to your diet, drinking more fluids, being more active, and/or taking a doctor-recommended stool softener.

If  you absolutely can not take your prenatal vitamins, talk to your doctor to see if he can give you something with less iron or give you a folic acid supplement. The worst thing you could do is not take anything, especially after knowing the benefits of prenatal vitamins for baby.

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