Safe Vitamins for Pregnancy

Safe Vitamins for Pregnancy

Once you get pregnant, it is imperative that you start taking good care of yourself. You should eat right and make sure you get all the required nutrients. If you eat well and follow a nutritious diet, you will reduce the risks of a number of problems. Also, sustaining your pregnancy will be considerably easier.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Prenatal vitamins are very important during pregnancy because they help the overall development and growth of the fetus. You should ensure that you get the right dosage throughout your pregnancy. Any deficiency can be harmful. At the same time, you should know which vitamins are safe for pregnancy and which ones are harmful. Yes, there are a few vitamins that can harm your baby. Listed below are the safe vitamins for pregnancy.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is required for healthy bones, teeth, and gums of the baby. It also helps iron absorption and enhances metabolism. Healing wounds through pregnancy is also easier if you take this vitamin. The safe levels of vitamin C for pregnancy are 85mg per day. Vitamin C can be found in numerous fruits such as strawberries, citrus fruits, pineapple, and tomatoes.

Vitamin D

This vitamin is important because it regulates phosphate and calcium amounts in your body. These two are in turn required to make sure the teeth and bones of your baby are healthy. You need 10 micrograms of this vitamin everyday during your pregnancy. Lack of vitamin D can cause rickets in kids.

Meat, eggs, and oily fish are rich in vitamin D. You might also find it in powdered milk, dairy products, soya products, and breakfast cereals. The ideal source of this vitamin is, however, the sun. Exposure to sun is also important but again, sun bathing is not required. Just 15-20 minutes of sun exposure per day is great.


Folate is very important during pregnancy because taking the right amounts of folate can reduce neural defect risks in newborns such as spina bifida. You need at least 400 mcg of folate during your first trimester. Doctors may recommend higher doses to some women though.

These women are those who are at an increased risk of neural tube defects such as women with diabetes, women who have a neural tube defect or whose partner has neural tube defect, women who have a history of babies with neural tube defect, and women whose family history shows neural tube defects. You could either take a supplement or include fruits and vegetables containing folate in your diet. These include lemons, green leafy vegetables, legumes, mangoes, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, melons, and so on.

Iron and calcium

Iron and calcium are also very important. While lack of iron can cause anemia, lack of calcium may lead to the development of fragile bones and teeth in the fetus. Iron is found mainly in dried fruit, nuts, leafy vegetables, and lean meat. Calcium is found in almonds, bread, dried fruit, broccoli, watercress, and so on.

The bottom line

Talk to your doctor about your vitamin needs during your pregnancy so that she tells you what you require and the doses that you should follow each day.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.