A Primer on Prenatal Vitamins


Just about every pregnant woman is told by her health care provider that she needs to take a prenatal vitamin. Certain specific nutrients, including folic acid, iron and calcium are essential to your baby’s growth, and so it’s no surprise that so many health care providers recommend supplements.

Still, there are some important areas to think about when you’re getting ready to take prenatal vitamins. From knowing your options to choosing a prenatal vitamin that’s best for your situation, take the time you need in order to get the right one and it will pay off.

Choices, Choices

There are many prenatal vitamin types out there. Some have a higher amount of iron than normal, for example. These are aimed at women with an iron deficiency. There are other prenatal vitamins that may combine nutrients like vitamins and minerals alongside herbal supplements, as well. There are also over-the-counter prenatal vitamins as well as prescription ones.

Eating Right

Taking a prenatal vitamin doesn’t mean you don’t still need to eat a balanced diet. You need to focus on unprocessed foods, different sorts of vegetables, plenty of whole grains and water to keep hydrated. These foods are the best way to get the nutrients you need. However, you still need to take your prenatal vitamins, even if you carefully watch your diet.

What Does Your Doctor Say?

It’s important that you talk with your health care provider about your prenatal vitamins. You might have a health concern that makes one better than another for you. If your prenatal vitamins make you ill due to the high iron content, don’t just stop taking them without talking to your doctor first. Make sure your doctor is aware of what you’re taking, and be willing to listen to her advice.

Ultimately, what sort of prenatal vitamins you take is a decision that you have to make. You want the best for your baby, and you want to give your body the building blocks it needs to get you through your pregnancy and to insure that you come out with a healthy, happy and fully-developed child.


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