Should You Take Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy?
Many women begin taking prenatal vitamins even before they fall pregnant, while they are trying to conceive.
Prenatal vitamins contain the daily amounts of vitamins and minerals that your body may require during pregnancy.
Your prenatal vitamins are very different from normal supplements or general multivitamins
because of it’s folic acid and iron content. These two are the most important minerals your body and developing baby will need during your pregnancy.
Prenatal vitamins contain other essential vitamins and minerals other than just iron and folic acid which are essential for the development of your baby and your own continued good health during pregnancy.
A typical prenatal vitamin may contain the following:
|Vitamin/Mineral||Reason for Vitamin/Mineral|
|Calcium||Helps build healthy and strong teeth and bones for you and your baby|
|Copper||Helps to prevent anemia aswell as helps your baby’s bone formation|
|Folic Acid||Reduces the risk of neural tube defects and to help in blood cell production|
|Iodine||Helps to control your metabolism|
|Iron||Prevents anemia and helps your baby’s blood development|
|Vitamin A||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Vitamin B1||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Vitamin B2||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Vitamin B3||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Vitamin B6||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Vitamin B12||Promotes blood formation|
|Vitamin C||Helps the body to absorb iron|
|Vitamin D||Strengthens baby’s bones and teeth and helps your body to use calcium and phosphorus|
|Vitamin E||For general health and body Metabolism|
|Zinc||Balances fluids in your body as well as aiding in the function of nerve and liver functions|