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Prenatal vitamins are an important part of becoming pregnant. They are the instrument that delivers the proper nutrients to your growing baby and what keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy. They are also helpful for women who are looking to become pregnant because they are filled with vitamins and nutrients that can help make them more fertile.

1. What do I need in a prenatal vitamin?

There are many different types of prenatal vitamins and it may be difficult to determine which option is the best to take. It is important to look over the list of ingredients in the prenatal vitamin that you are considering, because it is possible that they will contain different amounts of different vitamins and nutrients.

There-are-many-different-types-of-prenatal-vitamins-and-it-may-be-difficult-to-determine-which-option-is-the-bestThe nutrients that are included in a prenatal vitamin are very important to the health of your pregnancy and it is important that you make sure you are receiving the right levels of each of the following vitamins.

2. Calcium

Calcium is important to all of our health, but it is especially important for a growing fetus. It will help to make sure that their bones and circulatory system is developing properly. Make sure that you are receiving at least 300 mg every day of calcium.

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3. Zinc

Zinc is also an important item and it is important for the development of fetal neurobehavioral. Studies have shown that zinc greatly helps to improve this area as the baby is growing through the pregnancy.

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4. Vitamin A

This is an item that you want to make sure that you are not getting too much of. It has been shown that women who consume too much of this vitamin while they are pregnant can have a baby that has certain birth defects including open abdominal cavities as well as heart defects.

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5. Vitamin C

Prenatal vitamins should have about 400% of the daily dose that is recommended for vitamin C. Research has shown that vitamin C can help prevent issues like low birth weight, anemia and pre-eclampsia.

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6. DHA

DHA has been shown to help improve brain development and an improved visual acuity and cognitive function. Studies have shown that this is extremely important for mothers to consider when they are choosing their supplements while they are pregnant.

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7. Folic Acid

According to the CDC, it is recommended that who are within the typical childbearing age frame to take a prenatal vitamin at all times. The reason for this is that folic acid is crucial during the first few weeks after the fetus becomes fertilized and most women do not learn of their pregnancy until after folic acid is no longer helpful.

it-is-recommended-that-who-are-within-the-typical-childbearing-age-frame-to-take-a-prenatal-vitamin-at-all-timesFolic acid can help to prevent a number of birth defects that are easier to develop during the first few weeks of a pregnancy. The amount of folic acid that is needed to help protect your baby can actually be built up before you even become pregnant and by taking prenatal vitamins  early, you will never need to worry that you are missing precious time that your baby needs to become healthy.

8. What are the best prenatal vitamins?

Choosing the best prenatal vitamins can be difficult because much of the process depends on the woman herself. What may be right for you may not be right for another. Everyone’s bodies react differently to different circumstances and medications and one woman may need an entirely different type of prenatal vitamins than another woman.

choosing-the-best-prenatal-vitamins-can-be-difficult-because -much-of-the-process-depends-on-the-woman-herselfEvery prenatal vitamin is different from one another and many of the over the counter versions offer lower amounts of certain types of vitamins than the prescription versions. While some have more iron others may include a stool softener, for example. It is best to discuss your particular needs with your doctor so that you can be certain that you are receiving the right amounts of nutrients and vitamins that your baby needs to stay healthy.

9. Conclusion

The most important thing that you can do when you are trying to become pregnant, pregnant or breastfeeding is to take a prenatal vitamin. There are many options available and you should consider your own personal needs when you are making your decision. Make sure that you are taking them consistently daily so that your baby will be obtaining everything that it needs to be healthy throughout your pregnancy.



Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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