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5 essential Prenatal Vitamin / Supplement Guide

Updated: Apr 25

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During pregnancy (and any other time in your life, really) it is important to eat a balance diet to ensure your own health and well-being as well as support babies development. During my own pregnancies I often found it difficult to come up with meal ideas that would hit the spot. Going from feeling nauseous and unable to eat to having food cravings made it tricky to also focus on crafting meals that ensure getting all my vitamin in. Some essential vitamins may have to be supplemented to ensure the recommended amount for pregnant women, yet getting as much nutrients into your system by consuming a balanced and healthy diet is key. For optimal health, supplement can play an important role in our daily life. Let's explore prenatal essential vitamins in particular.

Please consult your primary care provider or OBGYN to get personalized recommendations. This post is not meant as medical or to replace medical advice, it is a general informative post.

These include:

1. Folic acid: Folic acid helps in the formation of the baby's neural tube, which eventually develops into the brain and spinal cord. It is crucial to take folic acid before and during early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects. The recommended daily dose is 400-800 micrograms.

2. Iron: Iron is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the baby. It also supports the increased blood volume during pregnancy. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, fatigue, and low birth weight. The recommended daily dose is 27 milligrams.

3. Calcium: Calcium is essential for the development of the baby's bones, teeth, and muscles. It also helps in maintaining the mother's bone density. The recommended daily dose is 1000-1300 milligrams.

4. Vitamin D: Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and is important for bone health. It also supports the immune system of both the mother and the baby. The recommended daily dose is 600-800 international units.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are crucial for the development of the baby's brain and eyes. They also support the overall growth and development. The recommended daily dose is 200-300 milligrams.

Here are the five essential vitamin recommended during pregnancy
Prenatal Vitamin Guide

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and to determine the appropriate dosage of these vitamins during pregnancy.

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