We’ve all been told to take our prenatal vitamins if we’re trying to conceive or are already pregnant but do we all know why they are so important to take, when you should start taking them and what to look out for in the ingredients? For me, I did a bit of research so that I could understood why I needed to take them and when the best time to start taking them was so thought I’d share this with you all.
Why are Prenatal Vitamins important?
While having a balanced healthy diet full of nutrition is important and can provide your body and baby with the necessary nutrients required, the majority of GPs do still recommend an intake of prenatal vitamins for expectant mothers as these supplements ensure that mothers are getting an adequate supply of the vitamins and minerals the baby needs to grow and develop healthily on a daily basis. Pregnant women should take prenatal vitamins to help with a healthy pregnancy.
Another reason why I personally think that taking supplements is a good idea is because, on a daily basis, I didn’t feel like I was getting all the required nutrients for my body/my baby by just eating a nutritious diet so I felt that supplements were filling that gap where my diet slacked.
Which Prenatal Vitamin shall I take and when to take them?
So when should you start taking prenatal vitamins? GPs recommend taking 400mg of a folic acid supplement at least three months before you are planning to get pregnant and during the first trimester of pregnancy as folic acid is very important for the development of the brain and spinal cord. Studies show that taking folic acid is important for reducing the risk of the baby developing spina bifida which is a neural tube defect in the unborn baby. One tablet should be taken everyday at the same time with a glass of water.
Personally, I took the 400mg of folic acid until the end of my first trimester (as recommended by GPs) and then started taking the Pregnacare Original for the rest of the pregnancy. The recommendations are the same for both, to take with a glass of water/drink at the same time each day. What I did find was that these tablets did make me feel slightly sick when I was suffering from morning sickness so instead of taking them with water, I took them with orange juice which really helped in feeling nauseous.
Did you take your prenatal vitamins during pregnancy? If so, which ones?