Our guide to prenatal vitamins

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Packed with essential vitamins and mineral for both you and baby, taking a daily prenatal vitamin is one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to while baby is growing.

Every mom-to-be wants to make sure that both she and her baby are as healthy as possible, and one of the best ways to ensure that is by following proper, pregnancy-specific nutrition guidelines. Even those women who eat a tremendously well-balanced diet need some supplementation of vitamins and minerals, however, so all pregnant moms are strongly encouraged to take a daily prenatal vitamin that contains a variety of helpful and healthy nutrients. Women should try to find a prenatal that includes all of the following:

  • Folic Acid: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid, which helps baby’s cell and neural tube development, and most prenatal vitamins will have a bit more than this (usually about 800 mcg)
  • Iron: ACOG recommends that pregnant women get 27 mg of iron a day in their prenatal vitamin, to help with baby’s blood development and oxygen transport. The Premama line of drinkable prenatal vitamins uses a type of iron called Ferrochel Gentle Iron that is more easily absorbable, and does not cause constipation
  • Vitamin D: The Cleveland Clinic recommends that pregnant women get between 200-400 IUs of Vitamin D in their prenatal, as it helps baby with healthy bone growth
  • Vitamin B6: The Mayo Clinic advises that a prenatal vitamin should contain at least 2 mg of Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C: Though often looked over in the pregnancy nutrient world, The Mayo Clinic advises pregnant women to get at least 50 mg of Vitamin C in their prenatal vitamin to help build baby’s bones and keep your immune system running strong
  • Copper: 2 mg of copper is recommended by The Mayo Clinic in a prenatal vitamin as copper helps build baby’s heart, red blood cells, and nervous system
  • Zinc: The Mayo Clinic recommends that moms-to-be get 15 mg/day of zinc from their prenatal vitamin to help baby’s cell development and immune system
  • DHA: Although many prenatal vitamins don’t contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid), DHA can be incredibly important for baby’s nervous system development, so most doctors would recommend taking a prenatal that includes DHA, most of which contain about 200 mg

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