Most doctors recommend women who wish to start a family begin taking prenatal vitamins even before they become pregnant. This is because the egg or ovum starts maturing 3 months before it is released, and you should ensure all the vital nutrients for the growth and development of your baby are available from a very early stage. Here are 10 important reasons to not skip prenatal vitamins:
- A source of hard-to-get nutrients: Although they are not a substitute for a healthy diet, prenatal vitamins contain a mix of important nutrients your body needs during pregnancy which may be difficult to obtain through diet alone.
- Preventing anemia: During pregnancy, the mother’s body produces more blood to support the growth and development of the baby. Taking prenatal vitamins may reduce the risk of developing anemia, which is characterized by deficiency of hemoglobin or red blood cells.
- Preventing neural tube defects: Most pre-natal vitamin formulations contain folic acid, which is essential to prevent abnormalities in the brain and spine of the growing fetus.
- Meeting the calcium requirements of the baby: During pregnancy women are encouraged to take at least 1000 mg of calcium as it is necessary for the building of strong bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, and a healthy cardiovascular system in the baby.
- Keeping the mother’s bones strong and healthy: Most of the calcium in your body is stored in your bones. If you aren’t getting enough calcium in your diet, your body starts leaching the calcium deposits in your bones making them weak and brittle. Regular intake of prenatal vitamins which contain calcium will ensure that your bones stay healthy and strong during your pregnancy.
- Improved oxygenation: The iron present in prenatal vitamins helps transport oxygen from the mother to the growing baby via the umbilical cord.
- Preventing premature delivery: Regular intake of prenatal vitamins may help prevent complications associated with an early delivery and ensure a full-term healthy baby.
- Healthy birth weight: Research studies have shown that prenatal multivitamin supplementation reduces the risk of having a low-birth weight baby.
- Reduced risk of rickets: This is a medical condition is characterized by softened bones in children that are easily prone to fracture. It is caused by insufficient vitamin D which facilitates the absorption of calcium from food.
- Protection against preeclampsia: About 3-10% of pregnant women are affected by preeclampsia which can result in high blood pressure and seizures. Current research indicates that the use of prenatal vitamins can reduce the risk of preeclampsia
Consult your doctor or a reproductive specialist regarding what prenatal vitamins might be best suited for you.
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