Q&A: All Your Questions About Prenatal Vitamins Answered

Basically, multivitamins are great to take on a regular basis, but if you’re trying or already expecting, a prenatal vitamin is the way to go.

What to look for in a prenatal vitamin

  • Folate, the natural form of folic acid, is vital for fetal brain development and preventing neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The risk of neural tube defects is increased by 25–30% with folate deficiency.
  • Calcium is a key building block of bones, teeth, muscle function, and more. When you’re pregnant, your growing baby is prioritized and uses lots of calcium, putting stress on your body, teeth, and bone mineral homeostasis.
  • DHA(docosahexaenoic acid). Whether it is included in your prenatal vitamin or taken separately, DHA is essential for making up the neural tissue in the brain and eyes and is recommended by the ACOG and APA.
  • Iron helps blood carry oxygen to mother and baby. Over 40% of pregnant women are anemic and up to 25% are iron deficient, which can be dangerous if left untreated.

The bottom line is to stick with a prenatal that’s been researched and doctor approved to ensure you’re getting the appropriate amount.

Prenatal dosage

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