Why Prenatal Vitamins are Important During Pregnancy

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Why Prenatal Vitamins are Important During Pregnancy

Prenatal Vitamins are the supplements that are usually recommended to a pregnant woman as well as who is planning to conceive. Prenatal vitamins promote healthy pregnancy by filling up the nutritional deficiencies by adding required vitamins and minerals to their bodies.

Doctors usually advise prenatal vitamins at the starting of the pregnancy depending upon your nutritional requirements. Thus, alongside healthy foods, it is good to take prenatal vitamins to cover up any nutritional gap.


Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the most important vitamins that every pregnant woman should take care of. It is one of the B Vitamins that is responsible for developing a baby’s brain and spinal cord. The risk of neural tube defects is higher in early pregnancy if you have a folic acid deficiency; therefore, medical experts recommend starting Folic Acid right from the first day of the pregnancy, preferably even before you conceive, and continuing it till the 12th week.

If this is your second pregnancy, and if you’ve had a baby with a neural tube defect, you should share this information with your doctor. Your doctor may increase the dosage of Folic Acid depending upon the situation you’ve faced earlier.

Foods that have Folic Acid are listed below:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Beans

Though folic acid can be gained from its natural sources, however, during the pregnancy the requirement is increased. Therefore, folic acid supplements are recommended.

Calcium

Calcium is highly essential for a pregnant woman. It prevents losing bone density in an expecting mother and also helps in developing bones and muscles in the baby. There are several natural sources of calcium that can be consumed as a part of a nutritionally balanced diet. They are:

  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Lentils
  • Almonds
  • Figs
  • Milk

You may talk to your doctor that how much calcium is needed for your body to keep your pregnancy healthy and safe.

Iron

Proper iron intake is very crucial during pregnancy. Your body needs iron to maintain proper haemoglobin levels. Additionally, this iron intake helps more blood formation to supply proper oxygen to your baby. Therefore, it is said that a pregnant woman requires double the amount of iron than a non-pregnant woman. Sufficient levels of Iron in your body will also prevent you from anaemia, which is one of the pregnancy complications.

Iron levels can be maintained from its natural sources, still, it is recommended to have prescribed iron supplements from the doctor.

When to start Pre-Natal Vitamins?

The best time to start prenatal vitamins is before conception. However, if your pregnancy is unplanned, it is essential to start taking Folic acid right from day 1 of pregnancy.

Do Prenatal Vitamins Cause Side-effects?

Sometimes, iron supplements make you feel constipated. Therefore, to avoid constipation and heartburn, you should drink plenty of fresh water in a day. Simultaneously, include more fiber foods in your diet. And stay active as much as possible. If it still doesn’t help, talk to your doctor about a stool softener.

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