On April 1, 2013 | All, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Why You Need It?

Most women during pregnancy might be uncomfortable with the idea of popping pills. However, when recommended by your health care provider and complemented with a well-balanced diet, prenatal vitamins will prove beneficial in ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

Despite a healthy diet most women fall short on key nutrients. If you’re pregnant or hoping to conceive, prenatal vitamins can help fill such gaps.

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Prenatal Vitamins Vs. Standard Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins typically contain more folic acid and iron than do standard adult multi-vitamins.

  • Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects.
  • Iron supports the baby’s growth and development and helps prevent anaemia.

Additionally, research suggests that prenatal vitamins decrease the risk of low birth weight. A prenatal vitamin should contain:

  • Folic acid — 400 to 800 micrograms
  • Calcium — 250 milligrams
  • Iron — 30 milligrams
  • Vitamin C — 50 milligrams
  • Zinc — 15 milligrams
  • Copper — 2 milligrams
  • Vitamin B6 — 2 milligrams
  • Vitamin D — 400 international units.

Side Effects:

  • Nausea: If this happens to you, take your prenatal vitamin with a snack or before you go to bed at night.
  • Constipation: To prevent this –
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Include more fibre in your diet.
    • Include physical activity in your daily routine, as long as your doctor at Motherhood is OK.

Remember, prenatal vitamins are a complement to a healthy diet — not a substitute for good nutrition.

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