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 and understood why I need to take them and the best time to start taking them so thought I’d share this with you all:-
Why are Prenatal Vitamins important?
While balancing a well nutritional diet is important and can provide your body and baby with the necessary nutrients required, majority of GPs still do recommend an intake of prenatal vitamins for expectant mothers as these supplements ensure mothers are getting an adequate supply of nutrients on a daily basis.
Another reason why I personally think the supplements are important 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 well nutritional diet so I felt supplements were filling that gap, where my diet slacked.
Which Prenatal Vitamin shall I take and when to take them?
GPs recommend taking 400mg of folic acid at least 3 months before planning to get pregnant and during the first trimester of pregnancy as folic acid is very important for the development of the spinal cord and not taking these may lead to 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 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?