What Prenatal Vitamin Should I Take?
Prenatal vitamins are supplements that give your body the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor may suggest taking them when you begin to plan for pregnancy, as well as while you’re pregnant. It is best to try to get specific nutrients through food.
A prenatal vitamin as well as additional vitamin supplements are great to fill in nutritional “gaps” you might face. If you are not already taking a prenatal vitamin, below is a list of the specific vitamins and amounts. These are important to ensure you and your baby are getting the needed nutrients during this time.
Look for prenatal vitamins that contain the following:
• 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
• 17 mg of iron
• 150 micrograms of iodine
• 100 mg of magnesium
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Possible Side Effects
• Some prenatal vitamins can cause nausea. If that happens to you, talk to your health care provider. They may be able to prescribe a different kind of prenatal vitamin in either a chewable or liquid form.
• Note that the iron in prenatal vitamins may make you constipated. Eating a high-fiber diet, drinking plenty of water, and regular exercise (if your doctor says it’s safe) can help with this.
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• Bhargava HD. Pregnancy and prenatal vitamins. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins. Published August 19, 2020. Accessed October 20, 2020.
• Office of Dietary Supplements – Magnesium. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/. Accessed October 21, 2020.
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