Prenatal Vitamins: Why are they so important during Pregnancy?


Overview:

Prenatal vitamins are the quintessential vitamins that every pregnant woman should take throughout her pregnancy. The reason why it is so significant during pregnancy is because of the benefits that are compacted within these tiny vitamins that will provide the much needed nutrients for the growth and development of a baby. Many women who are pregnant for the first time may not know why taking these vitamins are so very important! In this blog, we will answer some of the questions you may have.

  1. What are prenatal vitamins and what essential ingredients do they contain?

  2. When should I start taking prenatal vitamins?

  3. Where am I able to get prenatal vitamins?

Let’s get started!


What are Prenatal Vitamins and what do they contain?


Prenatal vitamins are supplements that are compacted with necessary vitamins that are needed not only for the growth and development of a baby, but also for the mother and to assure and aid a healthy pregnancy. For example, it is like taking a dietary supplement like Vitamin C instead of eating a whole bunch of oranges to get the necessary nutrients your body needs. Although some of the nutrients that are within the prenatal vitamins are found in different foods, it’s a lot easier to take the vitamins and less of a hassle to try to hunt down foods that are already compacted in the supplements. Prenatal vitamins cover all the necessary nutrients you need and covers what you may be lacking in your diet while you eat!


There are many different types of nutrients found in prenatal vitamins, however, the most important ones are Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium.


Folic Acid is one of the most important nutrients found in prenatal vitamins. Folic acid helps the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord. It also lowers the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida and other birth abnormalities.


Iron is also a very important nutrient found in prenatal vitamins. The increase of iron in your blood helps send oxygen to your baby. It also helps the development of the placenta and also prevents anemia as well! It helps produce an increased amount of red blood cells!


Calcium is also found in prenatal vitamins and it is also important because it is used to strengthen the bones and the teeth of the baby! It also helps increase bone density.


There are also nutrients found, but not limited to, vitamin D, vitamin C, niacin, zinc, iodine, and many others!


It is important to maintain a healthy diet, especially during pregnancy. Your diet not only affects your body, but also your baby’s as well!


When should I start taking Prenatal vitamins?


Normally, it is recommended that women should take prenatal vitamins before conception, however, if you’re not doing so, then you should begin taking them as soon as possible. Also, be sure to make healthy choices when it comes to your diet, which should include lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lots of water!


Where can I get prenatal vitamins and can the Pregnancy Resource Center help?


At the PRC, we offer a 6 month supply of prenatal vitamins to our clients whose pregnancy is confirmed within our center! Our nurses on staff have an abundance of knowledge regarding prenatal health and a myriad of information to assist you. You can also purchase prenatal vitamins over the counter at any department/pharmaceutical store!


We hope that this has given you a wider perspective on the topic of prenatal vitamins and that it has been helpful and useful to you as well!


Roxanne Bright, Nurse Manager

Aisha Saif, Community & Marketing Coordinator


Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/baby/prenatal-vitamins-nutrition-your-baby-needs


https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-vitamins/art-20046945#:~:text=They%20help%20promote%20the%20development,nutrients%20depending%20on%20the%20circumstances.


https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins#1



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