The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins

So let's talk a little bit about prenatal vitamins It's important for a woman to start taking the prenatal vitamins before she gets pregnant

I usually recommend about a month before they go off any kind of birth control so there's an overlap The most important component of the prenatal vitamin is the folic acid It helps prevent neural tube defects What you want to look for on the back is make sure it has at least 800 micrograms of folic acid, and then that's a good prenatal vitamin The prenatal vitamins that you buy in the store that label themselves prenatal vitamins have a lot of extra stuff that's probably unnecessary

The most important part is the folic acid Once you're pregnant it's important to add something called DHA, or omega-3 fatty acids And a lot of prenatal vitamins have it, but a lot of them don't So you have to read the label and make sure it has it Or buy it separately and start taking it as soon as you're pregnant

And in that one you should stay on it while you're breastfeeding, too The folic acid is really better before you're pregnant and the first trimester

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