Best Prenatal Vitamins: Optimum Health for Mother and Baby
Why do pregnant women need to take the best prenatal vitamins even if they are eating a balanced diet?
Pregnant women have higher demands for certain nutrients such as vitamin B complex especially folic acid, iron, protein, calcium and a lot more. A growing baby in a woman’s womb needs to take these nutrients for optimum growth and development and to prevent complications.
Vitamins and minerals are found in different kinds of common foods we eat everyday and in certain cases when we cannot take in adequate amounts of these nutrients, we usually take supplements or vitamins. In the case of a pregnant woman, there is a greater demand for folic acid and omega 3 fatty acid (this one is super critical) since the baby needs it to promote brain development. During the first trimester when the human chorionic gonadotropin is peaking in a pregnant woman’s body, she experiences nausea and vomiting so she has difficulty taking ample amounts of these nutrients that are found in meat and fish. The best prenatal vitamins need to contain at least 400-800 micrograms to help prevent neural tube defects.
The best prenatal vitamins vary for every trimester and condition of the woman because during the first trimester there is a high demand for folic acid and omega 3 while during the last semester there is a need for higher calcium and vitamin D. In cases when a woman has a history of giving birth to a child with neural tube defects, a separate folic acid supplement might be prescribed to prevent this kind of complication.
The best prenatal vitamins should contain at least the following: 400-800 mcg folic acid, 30 mg iron, 250 mg calcium, 2mg vitamin B6 and 400 IU vitamin D. A healthy balanced diet combined with this vitamin supplements can provide the optimum health for both mother and baby. I like this multi-vitamin here for women it is by Optimum Nutrition.
We do carry some high quality prenatal vitamins from Bluebonnet in store so check those out when you are in.