Which Prenatal Vitamins to take Before Pregnancy

Which Prenatal Vitamins to take Before Pregnancy

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Prenatals Before Pregnancy?

When you think of prenatal vitamins, what do you think of? Vitamins that you take after you find out you are pregnant, right? Well, the truth is, it can be very helpful to take prenatal vitamins before you get pregnant. Prenatal vitamins are much like regular multivitamins, except they contain higher levels of some nutrients, like folic acid and ironClaim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

If you get pregnant, most of the baby’s vital organs are formed by ten weeks gestation, way before a woman even knows that she is pregnant. For this reason, taking a prenatal vitamin before getting pregnant can mean that your levels of these nutrients are already built up and are ready and waiting when your baby needs them the most- at the very beginning of life.

Choosing A Prenatal Vitamin

It can be difficult to choose a prenatal vitamin to take while trying to conceive. There are many different types of vitamins on the market. Doctors have developed some guidelines to help women decide which prenatal vitamin is the best for them.

Doctors say that women should look for a prenatal vitamin that includes: 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid, 400 IU of vitamin D,200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium, 70 mg of vitamin C, 3 mg of thiamine, 2 mg of riboflavin, 20 mg of niacin, 6 mcg of vitamin B12,10 mg of vitamin E,15 mg of zinc, and 17 mg of iron. Use these guidelines to make sure that the prenatal vitamin that you are choosing is the right one for you.

What Else To Know

As long as you follow the doctor recommended guidelines for a prenatal vitamin, the brand name or price really doesn’t matter. Keep in mind that some women find that prenatal vitamins make them queasy. If you find this to be the case, you can definitely switch up the time that you take your pills to try to help with that.

Some women find that taking their pills at night is easier on their stomach than taking them in the morning. Also, taking your pills with crackers or a small snack might make it better when it comes to queasiness. For women who have a hard time swallowing the large pills that prenatal vitamins often come in, there are also gummy versions available.

If you can begin taking prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant, that is ideal. However, it is important to get started on prenatal vitamins whenever you can. Many women take prenatal vitamins before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy throughout the duration of their breastfeeding.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)