Supplements During Pregnancy: What’s Safe and What’s Not

What Is A Good Multivitamin For Pregnant Women?

Multivitamins are a great way to increase your intake of nutrients and vitamins that may not otherwise be available in your diet. They’re also very convenient because they come with all the necessary ingredients to make them. However, there are some things you need to consider before buying one.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a multivitamin is that it contains only natural substances and none of synthetic chemicals. Some of these chemicals have been shown to cause birth defects or other health problems in humans. You want to choose a product that does not contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or alcohol.

Also, do not buy products labeled “all natural” since they may actually be made from unnatural materials such as corn syrup (which is high in calories).

Another thing to keep in mind is that multivitamins are designed to provide you with enough nutrients so that you don’t suffer from deficiencies. These types of vitamins and minerals will help boost your energy levels, prevent or treat certain diseases, and even improve your overall well being.

Here are some types of multivitamins that are safe to take and recommended for pregnant women:

a. Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps the body produce healthy red blood cells. Not only is it necessary during pregnancy, but it also prevents certain birth defects such as spinal bifida. For this reason, ALL women who could become pregnant should take a multivitamin with folic acid.

It’s recommended that daily intake should be at least 400 micrograms (mcg) before becoming pregnant and 600-1000 mcg while pregnant.

b. Vitamin B12

This vitamin is important to maintain health nerve cells and red blood cells. In addition, it also lowers the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. That’s why many doctors recommend taking a multivitamin with B12.

It’s recommended that pregnant women take a daily dose of 2.6 mcg.

c. Iodine

Iodine is an important mineral that helps the body produce thyroid hormones. These hormones are essential for fetal brain development. That’s why multivitamins with iodine have been shown to improve the IQ of children.

Deficiency can lead to mental retardation, growth problems, and other issues.

The daily recommended intake is 220 mcg.

d. Vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid, this antioxidant helps protect cells from free radicals. These free radicals can cause serious complications in the body such as cancer or heart disease. That’s why it’s important to take a multivitamin with at least 60 mg of vitamin C every day.

e. Zinc

While this isn’t routinely included in multivitamins, some brands do contain a little bit. Zinc is an important mineral that helps maintain your sense of taste and smell, heal wounds, and produce white blood cells (which help the body fight off infection). It’s even believed to enhance fertility.

The recommended daily allowance is 9mg per day for women.

If you want more information on multivitamins, talk to your doctor or registered dietician. They can help you determine which ones are right for you.

3. Eat a balanced diet

The “balanced diet” is NOT just a saying. It’s actually very important that you try to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy. You should take in consideration the following factors when trying to do so:

a. Staying hydrated

You should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Not only does water help keep you hydrated, but it also helps keep your bodily fluids in balance.

b. Taking prenatal vitamins

If your doctor recommends it, be sure to take your prenatal vitamins every day. They shouldn’t replace a healthy diet, but rather should supplement it.

c. Eating frequent, smaller meals

Eating many smaller meals throughout the day is better than eating just a few large meals.

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