Pregnancy And Prenatal Vitamins

The moment a woman becomes pregnant, taking extra health precautions is necessary for both mother and baby. A healthy diet can aid in ensuring mother and baby are getting the required nutrients. However, during pregnancy, nutrients tend to deplete, and to satisfy the requirements, taking essential prenatal vitamins and supplements can help. Speak to a pharmacist about the essential prenatal vitamins.

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What supplements do you need?

The most crucial prenatal vitamins and supplements are folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Each nutrient has a pivotal role and helps ensure the proper development of the infant. Healthcare providers may recommend other supplements such as choline, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and probiotics. Any additional supplements required are based on the patient’s medical history and dietary choices.

Take safety measures with vitamins

More is not better and all supplements should be taken with precaution, especially during pregnancy. Vitamin A is essential for a newborn’s immune function and eyesight development, but too much needs to be avoided. Excessive vitamin A will cause congenital birth abnormalities. Vitamin E is important for immune function but an excessive amount will create adverse events for the mother and baby.

The role of prenatal vitamins

Each prenatal vitamin and supplement is given for a specific reason. Folic acid prevents the risk of developing neural tube defects. Iron is crucial for developing the baby and placenta and preventing anemia. Calcium and vitamin D are essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Iodine supplement is vital for thyroid function during pregnancy.

Supplement side effects

Take the required dose of prenatal vitamins and supplements to avoid adverse events. Iron supplements tend to cause constipation. To manage this, drink plenty of fluids, eat lots of fiber, use a stool softener, and exercise if allowed. Nausea can happen in some pregnant women and speaking to the doctor is advisable. If taking any supplement or vitamin causes side effects, consult the healthcare provider immediately.

Consulting your pharmacist

Sometimes buying supplements and vitamins can be confusing. Purchasing supplements and prenatal vitamins is an integral part of the pregnancy journey. A pharmacist can provide more guidance on choosing the right prenatal vitamins. To ensure the well-being of mother and baby, proper care and precautions, including taking prenatal supplements during pregnancy, is imperative.


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