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We get it: vitamins are important. During pregnancy, our bodies need more vitamins than usual. But remembering to take a prenatal every day can be difficult, and a lot of people don’t love swallowing bulky pills. So what actually happens if you forget your prenatal vitamin or skip a couple days?
Experts recommend that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take a prenatal vitamin daily. Things like folic acid, DHA, and omega-3 can be difficult to get from your regular diet, and those nutrients are important for your baby’s development. For nutrients that can easily be found in the average diet, prenatal vitamins can give you the extra boost you need to make sure you reach 100% of your daily value.
Your baby needs these vitamins and nutrients to grow properly, and you need to make sure there are enough vitamins in your body for the both of you. Folic acid is especially important because it helps prevent neural tube defects, which usually occur in the first trimester. During that time, it’s incredibly important that you get the right amount of folic acid. However, missing a day or two of taking your prenatal probably isn’t going to make a difference for you or your baby as long as you remember to take your prenatal the rest of the time.
One of the reasons you take a prenatal every day is so you’ll remember to keep taking it. If you were ever on the birth control pill, you might remember that there was a week of placebo pills at the end of each pill pack. These pills didn’t do anything for your body, but they were a reminder to keep taking the pill every day.
Missing a day or two of your prenatal shouldn’t leave you severely lacking in any vitamins, but it might get you out of the habit of taking your prenatal daily. That means missing one day could lead to missing two, three, four, and so on. You want to be remembering your prenatal more often than you’re forgetting it, and trying not to miss any days is a good way to do that.
There is one part of your body that might be better off not taking your prenatal vitamin: your tastebuds. Prenatal vitamin pills usually don’t taste amazing, and swallowing them can be hard for some women. If that’s a struggle for you with your prenatal, you’re not alone. Premama Essentials DHA is a complete prenatal vitamin drink mix with a natural citrus flavor that you can add into water. You’ll get all of those important vitamins and minerals without swallowing a pill.
If you’re skipping days or forgetting your prenatal because you don’t like the pill or the taste, consider giving Premama a try. Sample Premama Essentials DHA for free by tapping the button below.
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