Why are supplements prescribed during pregnancy ? Many mom's have this query because they feel they are eating a balanced diet and yet have to take so many pills. In the three months prior to conception and the first trimester you should take a folic acid supplement. This helps to prevent neural tube defects. In the first trimester you may also be given a multi vitamin. Once you enter the second trimester the doctor will prescribe iron and calcium. These two minerals are essential to over all growth and development of the fetus. They are needed in large quantities and our normal diet may not be able to cover the same. In the third trimester we would recommend a supplement of omega 3 as this nutrient is beneficial to brain growth.
We have a short time to form the perfect baby and many times our diets may not be completely balanced each and every day. If any of the supplements do not suit you please make sure you mention the same to the doctor and get a substitute. Don't just stop taking it.