Prenatal Vitamins for Pregnancy: Why They Matter, How to Choose, and How to Take

eating a healthy diet is crucial in getting you in the best shape possible to conceive and nurture a baby however with all the strain pregnancy puts on a woman's body a balanced diet alone may not be enough it is also necessary to enhance the goodness of your diet with antenatal supplements antenatal supplements these are medications that the pregnant mother should be taking while preparing for her delivery but actually that's a misconception you don't take vitamins only when you're pregnant some data telling us now that you have to take vitamins even before you plan to get pregnant first supplement is iron even if you take a truckload of chicken liver you cannot supply enough iron for yourself and your baby because iron is necessary in forming red blood cells for the baby and also for you because pregnancy causes anemia so you also need extra iron for yourself next is folic acid if you've seen babies with big heads that's what you call hydrocephalus or children with bumps at the back of their head or in their spine that's what you call spinabifida these are neural tube defects which can be prevented if the mother takes folic acid at least three months before she gets pregnant a third supplement which is important is calcium you are forming a new human being with new bones where are you going to get that calcium most of the time the calcium is absorbed from the mother's own teeth and bones even fathers to be need a vitamin boost two couples who are trying to get pregnant have a better chance if the dads are taking zinc and vitamin D supplements you need about 30 to 40 milligrams of iron you need 5 milligrams of folic acid 1200 milligrams of calcium and 200 milligrams of DHEA these are the four important components that you have to look for in your prenatal vitamins you have to have an idea what is the idea – you just don't buy any brand because not all of them have enough supplements

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