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prenatal multivitamin

By Anonymous July 21, 2016 - 6:17am
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hi this Natalya Manson umm I want to know what prenatal multivitamin calcium plus dha vitamins a vitamins b vitamins c b12 it have iron and helps with eye and brain and spinal cord iron and with pregnant women do it work?? for bab? also prenatal vitamins what
kind to take?? before pregnant during pregnancy do it works ??. do it have to have iron in it...

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Hello Natalya,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to our community about prenatal vitamins.

A healthy diet is the best way to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need. But, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, taking a daily prenatal vitamin will ensure good health for you and your baby. Some research suggests that prenatal vitamins decrease the risk of having a baby who is small for his or her gestational age.

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

Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects. These defects are serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord.

Iron supports the baby's growth and development. Iron also helps prevent anemia, a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells.

Calcium and vitamin D are important as well, especially during the third trimester, when your baby's bones are rapidly growing and strengthening.

Not all prenatal vitamins include omega-3 fatty acids, which might help promote a baby's brain development. If you don't eat fish or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, your health care provider might recommend omega-3 fatty acid supplements in addition to prenatal vitamins.

Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter in nearly any pharmacy. Your health care provider might recommend a specific brand of prenatal vitamins or leave the choice up to you. Look for a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid, calcium and iron. It might be beneficial to look for a prenatal vitamin that contains vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc and copper.

Hope this is the information you were looking for.

July 21, 2016 - 8:12am
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