Not Sure about Those Prenatal Vitamins? Here’s What They Can do for You!
- Posted on: Jan 30 2018
Most women understand that their nutritional needs will change during pregnancy. Actually, mother’s health is something that we start to monitor during the planning stages, when possible. Clearly, the fact that a human being takes up residence in the womb for a short time presents the need for heightened nutrition if this little seed is to grow to be a healthy bundle of joy. Many pregnant women support their and their baby’s needs with healthy eating habits. According to research, more can be done. That’s where prenatal vitamins come in.
Proper supplementation during pregnancy accomplishes the following:
- Lower risk for neural tube defects and spina bifida. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive are encouraged to take folic acid, a form of vitamin B. Research suggests that adequate intake of folic acid prior to and early on in pregnancy can reduce risks of neural tube defects by up to 70%. Additionally, it is believed that the risk of other birth defects, such as cleft palate or lip, may also be reduced by taking folic acid as directed.
- Boosts calcium for fetal development. Calcium is vital to the structure of bones and teeth, as well as for healthy blood-clotting, heart rhythm, and muscle and nerve function. Prenatal vitamins generally contain sufficient calcium to support optimum development and to prevent depletion from mother’s bone structure. Your obstetrician can make recommendations for calcium supplementation based on your needs.
- Prevents anemia due to iron deficiency. When a woman becomes pregnant, her need for iron in the blood doubles. This is because iron is used to make blood for her and her baby. This mineral supports the circulation of oxygen from mother to baby, aiding in healthy development. It also gives energy to both changing bodies.
- Reduces risks of low birth-weight and pre-term delivery. Research has linked pre-term delivery and low birth-weight risks to iron-deficiency anemia. Therefore, ensuring iron supplementation can reduce these risks.
Ultimately, you want to know that you are taking the best care of you and your growing baby. Meeting specific nutritional needs can help you do this. Speak with your obstetrician about prenatal vitamins and healthy dietary habits to support your pregnancy. We’re happy to assist you. Contact us in Fort Worth, Cleburne, Granbury, or Willow Park.
Posted in: Gynecology