Prenatal Vitamins

Take care of your growing baby by eating well and taking prenatal vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are an essential staple for every mother-to-be. These specially formulated multi-vitamins provide a pregnant woman with minerals and vitamins that are vital for proper fetal growth and development ‘?? as well as supplement any nutritional deficiencies in a mother’s diet.

Formulas vary but generally you will see terms like folic acid, DHA, iron, and calcium. Here is why they are important and what brands are great for a growing mama.

DHA ‘?? DHA is a long-chain of omega-3 fatty acids that adds in the development of a baby’??s brain and eyes. Today DHA is included in everything from our milk to our pasta sauce and is found in numerous supplements like Expecta, a soft gel formula for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This daily supplement contains a non-fish source of DHA that is light on the stomach will providing pregnant women with 200mg of DHA (according to Enfamil, the average DHA intake is 50mg). Another vegetarian form of DHA is Algal DHA by life’??sDHA, a supplement that contains a natural source of DHA found in algae. In addition to being great for your baby, this natural formula said to promote heart health and enhance memory development in adults.

Folic Acid (Folate) ‘?? Said to reduce the risk of spinal and brain diseases like cleft lip, neural tube defects or spinal bifida (a baby born with a spine that is not closed), folic acid is a B vitamin that is naturally found in leafy green vegetables, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals. In a prenatal vitamin, look for 600-1000 mcg of folic acid like One A Day’??s Women’??s Prenatal or Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin that includes 800 mcg of folic acid.

Iron ‘?? A common problem with pregnancy is developing an iron deficiency like anemia. Iron is naturally found in meat and beans and is said to help both the mother reduce the risk of preterm delivery, help carry oxygen to the baby and reduce infant mortality. Prenatal vitamins should have 27-60 mg of iron like the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal formula. This organic line that also contains herbs like peppermint, clove and rose hips.

Calcium – During pregnancy calcium can help the baby’s bone growth and help moms-to-be retain strong bones and teeth. Most prenatal vitamins contain between 100 and 200 milligrams of calcium, but according to the American Pregnancy Association women should be getting about 1,000 milligrams of calcium. The remaining amount should be found in your diet. Ask your health care provider which is best for you.

Before taking any prenatal vitamin, please discuss your nutritional needs with your doctor or health care provider. They can also advise you on certain brands that are best suited for your individual needs.

Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, a mama to a toddler and now a pregnant mama with her second child.  You can read more soup recipes on her blog:
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