Sabtu, 06 Desember 2014

Important vitamins during pregnancy

Prenatal vitamins are one of the
most important vitamins that you take through out your pregnancy.  Ideally, you should start taking prenatal
vitamins when you are trying to conceive a baby. By taking prenatal while you are trying to
conceive, you are preparing your body for the challenging task that lies
ahead.  Some experts believe that taking
prenatal before you are pregnant might actually reduce your risk of a
miscarriage after you become pregnant.

Taking prenatal before pregnancy
is not always possible for some people, but taking them during pregnancy is
essential. Prenatal vitamins contain one of the most important nutrients that a
new mother needs and that are folic acid or folate. By taking in extra folic
acid, you lower your chances of your baby being born with an incomplete spinal
column which is known as spina bifida. In order for your baby to be protected,
it is imperative that folic acid is taken in the first four weeks of fetal

This can be a problem for women
who do not take prenatals before they are pregnant. Most of the time, most
women do not know they are pregnant until after they missed their period which
is about two weeks after conception. This is why if you are of child bearing
age, you should make it a habit of taking folic acid even if you are not
planning to become pregnant and we all know that not all pregnancies are

You can still get your folic acid
in food. Folic acid is added to many breads and pastas and is found in dark
green and orange fruits as well as vegetables. Keep in mind though that taking
a daily supplement of folic acid offers more protection from spina bifida then
eating the same amount of folic acid in food.
Favorite prenatal multivitamin, click the image for detail

While you are pregnant you should
aim to take at least 600mcg of folic acid a day. If you have had a baby with a
neural tube defect, you will have to take 4000 mcg or 4 milligrams of folic
acid every day, starting at least a month before you get pregnant. 

Some women report that they can
not take their prenatals especially in their first trimester. Women who suffer
from morning sickness and food aversions find that they can not eat much food. Taking
a prenatal on an empty stomach can leave you feeling sick and queasy which is
why so many women in the first trimester do not take them. Another reason some
women report upset stomachs is due to the high iron level that some prenatals
have. Not only could this cause an upset stomach, this can also lead to
constipation which can already be a problem for some pregnant women.

If you find that you can not take
your prenatal, talk to your doctor to see if he can give you a prenatal with
less iron or give you a folic acid supplement also. The worst thing you could
do is not take anything, especially during those first few weeks.

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