Starting Prenatal Vitamins Early

{Photo Courtesy: The Memoirs of Megan}

It’s common knowledge that when you are attempting to become pregnant, a healthy diet is ideal. If you do not get optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals from food sources, you will want to start looking into taking prenatal vitamins early, as soon as you are thinking of trying to conceive.

The main components of prenatal vitamins are:

Folic Acid: Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects. Folic acids can naturally be found in dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, beans and lentils, avocado, and many other vegetables. 

Iron: Iron supports the baby’s development, as well as prevents anemia in both you, and your baby. Iron can naturally be found in red meat, dark leafy greens, egg yolks, beans, and artichokes. 

Additionally, if you are unable (or unwilling) to eat a diet that consists of omega-3 fatty acids, you may want to consider choosing a prenatal that includes that as well. Most standard prenatal vitamins do not include omega-3 fatty acids, so talk to your doctor or midwife about taking DHA supplement as well as your standard prenatal.

Talk to your healthcare provider and see if they have any prenatal vitamin recommendations. They may leave the choice up to you, so look for a prenatal that will compliment your diet. If you eat lots of greens, you won’t need a prenatal that has 100% of your daily folic acid recommendation. If you know that your diet lacks certain things, such as calcium, look for one that has a higher percentage of your needed ingredient.

Prenatal vitamins are about complimenting and adding to your diet, and are not meant to substitute for good nutrition. In addition to preparing your body for trying to conceive, prenatal vitamins may also help build stronger fingernails, and thicker hair- so that’s a nice little bonus as you’re popping your prenatals every morning!

Happy Shopping!

Warning

Before taking any supplements, please talk to your healthcare provider. Having a pre-conception check up is always recommended.

 

 

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Megan

Megan lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, and son. Her days are spent hanging out and doing family projects on her real-life farm, and spending time on the Great Lakes. She loves swimming, celebrity gossip, University of Michigan and Denver Broncos football, trashy reality TV, and writing. In addition to being a Mommy and self-proclaimed urban-farmer, she owns a photography business located in Southeast Michigan, Memoirs Photography.

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