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Slideshow: 3 benefits of taking a prenatal while TTC
Prenatal vitamins are like multivitamins that are laser-focused on getting your body ready for birth. These vitamins provide the nutrients your body needs to support a healthy pregnancy, so it makes sense that you’d want the same nutrients for conception.
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Getting started in secret
You probably won’t feel the momentous collision of egg and sperm that results in your baby’s conception. In fact, you likely won’t even know that you’re pregnant until at least 10-14 days after you conceive (when you miss your period).
That doesn’t mean that important developmental milestones aren’t being met, which is why prenatal nutrients are so important when you’re TTC.
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The neural tube timeline
A baby’s neural tube, which eventually becomes the brain and spinal cord, typically develops and closes by the fourth week of pregnancy. When the neural tube doesn’t fully close, a baby has a neural tube defect like anencephaly or spina bifida.
Folic acid is essential for the development of the neural tube, which is why all women of childbearing age are recommended to supplement their diets with a minimum of 400 mcg of folic acid. The specially formulated Preconception Multivitamin from Rainbow Light makes getting enough folic acid easy, so that you can support your baby’s neural tube development even before you know that they’re on the way.
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You’re training for the long run
Trying to conceive is like training for a marathon. You’re building up your body to become the most hospitable home possible for your soon-to-be baby.
Getting a cold can really hold you back. Fighting off an infection will leave you with less energy, and if you’re coughing up phlegm every few seconds, you and your partner might not be as interested in…extra practice sessions.
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Take supplements and avoid symptoms
Some pain-relievers, like those with Naproxen, can actually reduce your fertility, and most cough suppressants and antihistamines affect your body’s mucus production, including cervical mucus!
Supplement your immune system with Vitamins A, C, and D, so that you don’t have to worry. The Preconception Multivitamin from Rainbow Light is packed with all three, to help you stay in your best TTC shape.
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Little changes make a big difference
Soon you’ll shift from Ovia Fertility to Ovia Pregnancy, and trade tracking your ovulation for tracking milestones and kicks. While you can’t start making your pregnancy appointments or monitoring your weight gain yet, you can start some healthy habits that will carry over into pregnancy.
Incorporate low-impact exercise like a brisk walk into your everyday routine, and try cooking with more pregnancy superfoods like kale and sweet potatoes! One of the easiest things you can start now is a vitamin regimen that you can continue through your baby’s second year. If you are used to taking oral birth control, try taking your prenatal at the same time you used to take it!
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A healthy habit For The First Thousand Days
The Preconception Multivitamin from Rainbow Light is part of the For The First Thousand Days series from Rainbow Light. The series provides a different vitamin with specialized nutrition for preconception, each trimester of pregnancy, and even the postnatal period. Start taking your vitamin now to get in the healthy habit!
Tap below to learn more about the power of customized nutrition and to shop the For The First Thousand Days prenatal vitamin series from Rainbow Light.
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