When to Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins
What Are Prenatal Vitamins?
- Prenatal vitamins are supplements that are designed to support your body with the nutrients that it needs to support the healthy development of a baby.
- These supplements are intended to be taken before conception, as well as during your pregnancy.
- Taking prenatal vitamins before you are pregnant helps to kickstart your baby’s healthy development. Some aspects of your baby’s development, including the formation of what eventually becomes its brain, happen as early as the first month of your pregnancy.
- Taking prenatal vitamins while trying to get pregnant helps to support your body with nutrients that it needs to support your baby’s physical and neurological growth when you conceive — before you even know for sure that you’re pregnant.
- Prenatal vitamins can be taken together as a multivitamin, but you can also take them separately. Depending on the type of supplement(s) you choose to take and the form of vitamins and minerals, it may be more beneficial to take certain nutrients separately for absorption purposes, but your doctor can help you determine the best prenatal regimen for you!
- While taking prenatal vitamins, it’s also important to get plenty of nutrients from whole, unprocessed foods. While prenatal supplements may help you meet your daily recommended intake of important vitamins and minerals, eating a healthy diet is also an essential aspect of caring for yourself and your baby while pregnant.
So, what are the most important nutrients to get before and during pregnancy?
Iron and Folic Acid: Essential Prenatal Nutrients
- Fatigue is one side effect of low iron levels. Iron plays an important role in the transportation of oxygen in your bloodstream, and when your iron levels are too low, the lack of enough oxygen can sap your energy. If you feel exhausted often with no apparent cause, talk to your doctor. After performing tests, your healthcare provider may conclude that your fatigue is caused by an iron deficiency.
- Other symptoms that may occur are difficulty concentrating, impaired cognitive function, impaired immune function and poor work performance, and impaired body temperature regulation. If you think you might be deficient or would like to learn more about your iron levels and how you can support them in the future, please speak with your doctor who can guide you in determining your iron status and can help you choose the correct path forward for supplementation if needed.
- Certain groups are more at risk of becoming iron deficient. These include pregnant women, women with a heavy menstrual flow, infants and young children, those who donate blood frequently, and those with cancer. Depending on their situation, those in any of these categories might benefit from increased iron in their diet or iron supplementation.
Calcium and Vitamin D: Essential for Prenatal Health
B-Complex Vitamins: Multifaceted Nutrients That You And Your Baby Need
Why Take Liquid Prenatal Vitamins?
- Liquid prenatal vitamins taste amazing. Pills can taste unpleasant, and they may be difficult for some to take. If you tend to struggle with pills or have a hard time forming the habit of taking your vitamins each day, our liquid prenatal formula may be perfect for you. The great taste of our formula makes it easy to enjoy your daily supplement regimen and care for your developing baby.
- Liquids are easier to swallow than pills. During a time that some people may not be feeling their best, taking a liquid multivitamin may be easier than trying to swallow a pill.
- Our liquid prenatal formula is vegan! Simple as that.