I often hear the question, which prenatal vitamin should I take. Some women even wonder if they should be taking a prenatal vitamin. Many physicians recommend that every women during her childbearing years take a prenatal vitamin daily. Prenatal vitamins provide essential nutrients that we may not be getting in our diet.Studies show that Folic Acid is a critical component in preventing Birth Defects such as spina bifida.
- A new study indicates that by taking a prenatal vitamin rich in Folic Acid at least 3 months prior to conception and during the pregnancy may reduce the risk of having a child with Autism by about 40%
- Iron: 80% of a baby iron stores are accumulated in the third trimester of pregnancy. Iron deficiency my affect an infant's long-term neurodevelopment and behavior. ADHD has been linked to iron deficiency in infants.
- Recent research suggests that women deficient in calcium and vitamin D are at increased risk for preterm birth.
- Prenatal vitamins are particularly important for smokers, adolescent mothers, vegetarians, vegans, women older than age 35, women with lactose intolerance, and women carrying multiple gestation (twin, triplets, etc.)
- Babies of women who received prenatal vitamins during pregnancy had up to 30 percent reduction in risk of low birth weight compared to infants of women who received no vitamin supplementation.
- Approximately 70% of pregnancies are unplannned
ARE YOU NUTRITIONALLY READY FOR A PREGNANCY?