Whether you are in your 1st, 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, you just found out you’re pregnant (if so, congratulations!) or you are looking to conceive; prenatal vitamins are extremely important. These multivitamins are specifically designed for pregnant women and are packed with the much-needed vitamins and minerals a mother and her baby need. Not all prenatal vitamins have all the required amounts or are of the highest quality so make sure you read the label before you purchase them.
Why Do I need a Prenatal Vitamin?
As almost everyone knows, vitamins and minerals help our bodies function. If you are lacking in a vitamin, let’s say D3, it helps our bodies process calcium and utilize it for our bones. If you are lacking in vitamin D3 you can end up with brittle bones which can lead to rickets (a disease leading to soft bones and eventually skeletal deformities). That is one example of the importance of just one vitamin. Vitamins and minerals help each other out and help our body properly benefit from and absorb nutrients.
From the moment of conception, your baby starts utilizing the vitamins and minerals in your body to grow, depleting your own body of those vitamins and minerals. As your body is depleted of those essential vitamins and minerals, it starts taxing your organs, muscles, bones, etc.. Women who are pregnant are almost always lowest on Folic Acid and Iron. When your body no longer has sufficient folic acid, it will not only start affecting you, but your baby as well. Folic acid is needed for the fetuses spinal cord and brain to develop. These are some of the side effects that can come from…
Folic Acid Deficiency:
- Shortness of Breath
- Pale Skin
In Your Baby
- Spina Bifida
- Cleft Lip
- Cleft Palate
- Heart Defects
- Chest Pain
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Inflammation/Soreness of the Tongue
- Brittle Nails
- Unusual Cravings (ie. Ice, dirt or starch)
- Poor Appetite
In Your Baby
- Preterm Delivery
- Low Birth Weight
- Infant Mortality
What are the Top 5 Brands for Prenatal Vitamins?
- MegaFood: Baby and Me Prenatal Multi-Vitamin
- Garden of Life: Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multi-Vitamin
- Zahler: Prenatal Vitamin + DHA
- Thorne Research: Basic Prenatal Multi-Vitamin
- New Chapter: Perfect Prenatal
Where Can I get Prenatal Vitamins?
Most health stores will carry prenatal vitamins. If you find it easy to order online, you will have more options and be able to research which one is the best fit for you. Make sure you consult your doctor or midwife before taking prenatal vitamins. They will be able to tell you which vitamins and minerals you are low in and how much to take for optimal health of you and your baby.