What Are Those Prenatal Vitamins?

Posted by Ranie Denver on May 08, 2015

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone all the time, but it's even more so for a woman when she is pregnant because her baby depends directly on the nutrients in her body to develop and grow. Even if she eats good food, she may not be getting the nutrients that are so critical to the health of her baby and to keep her own body at it's healthy best during this time.  

If you're a pregnant woman, your doctor will probably recommend prenatal vitamins to ensure that your body and your baby have all the nutrients they need. They are generally high powered vitamins which include everything important to your body as well as your baby.

The term "vitamins" is a misnomer in this case, because prenatal vitamins also include iron, zinc, iodine and calcium, among other minerals and nutrients. The vitamins most often present are folic acid (B9) and other B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

Yes, you can get these through your diet and you can get them through "regular" vitamins, but probably not in the quantities that your body and your baby needs. To be certain, make sure you take the vitamins your doctor recommends. You may even have to get a vitamin prescription; don't complain about it because it's for the good of your baby and you.

Whether you take a prescription prenatal vitamin or an over the counter version, taking them could make you nauseous. Since this is a time in your life when nausea is common, compounding that with a vitamin may be unbearable. If that happens, talk to your doctor to see if a different type or brand would be easier on your system. Don't stop taking them because they make you sick because you and your baby still need them. Your doctor will be able to help.  

Our modern food supply, grown on worn out ground and shipped so far that it's not really fresh when it gets to us, doesn't have as many nutrients as it once did. That's why doctors so often tell you to take vitamins even when you're not pregnant.

If you don't provide enough vitamins and minerals for your unborn baby, you are putting him or her at risk of being born with health problems, some of which could be severe. Some researchers also believe that a lack of vitamins and/or minerals before birth will cause health problems later on in life, as late as early adulthood.

Prenatal vitamins are not just a ploy to get you to spend money, so make up your mind to take them as directed, for you and for your baby.