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Bump & Beyond | Prenatal Vitamins

  • Category: Women's Health
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  • Written By: Sarah Mallonee

I, like many others, was sick during my pregnancy which made taking prenatal vitamins a bit more challenging! For some, prenatal vitamins can cause stomach irritation, and that can be really annoying paired with morning sickness. I have also had patients ask me, “Do I need to take prenatal vitamins as long as I eat well enough?”

However, taking prenatal vitamins is very important! Your nutritional needs change during pregnancy, and prenatal vitamins are the best way to fill any gaps in your diet. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends prenatal vitamins for all women who are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding.

Some of the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins include:

  • Reduced likelihood of neural tube defects and other birth defects
  • Reduced risk of pediatric cancers
  • Improved placenta health
  • Decreased risk of low birth weight
  • Peace of mind knowing you are meeting your increased nutritional needs

When shopping for prenatal vitamins, look for vitamins that contain 400 micrograms of folic acid per day to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Some other things to look for include:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Thiamine
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E

While there is no substitute for a balanced diet, prenatal vitamins are a great way to give your baby a healthy head start. If you continue to struggle taking prenatal vitamins, consult your obstetrician for ways to help manage the side effects.

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