Prenatal Supplements – When to start taking them

Prenatal vitamins are a controversial topic, but there’s no denying that they’re important for any woman who is thinking about getting pregnant. This post covers some common questions about prenatal vitamins and how they can help you and your baby stay healthy throughout pregnancy.

When to start taking a prenatal supplement

Eggs take 3 – 4 months to mature, so you should take a prenatal supplement as soon as you start thinking about having kids, and ideally at least 3-6 months before conception.

This gives the vitamins time to build up in your system and correct any nutritional deficiencies even before you get pregnant. 

This also helps you feel your best before conceiving and figure out which prenatal is ideal for you, filling in any nutrition gaps within your diet. Once you find the perfect prenatal supplement you:

  • Have more energy and mental clarity.
  • Will be nutritionally prepared for pregnancy.
  • May reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Prenatal versus a regular multivitamin

Compared to regular multivitamins, prenatal supplements are tailored to the needs of pregnant women and their babies, and should provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your body requires before and during pregnancy. Prenatal supplements are designed with the correct nutrients, doses and forms necessary for helping you get and stay pregnant.

Nutritional insurance policy

While some women don’t feel the need to take a prenatal supplement before getting pregnant, it’s worth noting that taking a prenatal supplement can be a nutritional insurance policy, whether or not you think you need it. 

Prenatal vitamins are designed to support your overall health and help ensure you get all the “right” nutrients needed to grow a healthy baby. 

They work by providing additional nutrients in the correct amounts like folate and vitamin A, which are especially important during pregnancy.

If you’re hesitant about taking prenatal supplements before trying for a baby, consider this: even the healthiest of diets can lack specific nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby. Let’s take a closer look at which nutrients we’re talking about.

Essential nutrients

Folate is a B vitamin that our bodies use to make new cells.

Folate is important, even before getting pregnant, because it can help to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida.

The neural tube forms the early brain and spine of a baby. This starts to develop in early pregnancy and closes about 4 weeks after conception (before many women even know that they’re pregnant)

This is why it’s important for women who could get pregnant to take a prenatal supplement containing folate before conception and during early pregnancy.

Increased nutrients

It’s not surprising that nutrient needs increase during pregnancy, and some of these include:

  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Choline

You’re growing a whole new human from scratch, and although the myth of ‘eating for two’ isn’t true, you do require more micronutrients and macronutrients to support you and your baby. 

Taking a prenatal supplement throughout pregnancy can help you to meet these additional requirements and can help to prevent pregnancy complications like:

  • Anaemia
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Pre-term birth
  • Low birth weight baby

Prenatal Gummies

Prenatal supplements come in several forms, including pills, powders, and gummies. Pills are the most common form of prenatal supplements but are not always tolerated, particularly during the first trimester if morning sickness is an issue. 

Gummies are becoming more popular, and there’s no denying they taste good, but do they meet all your pregnancy nutrient requirements?

If you’re struggling with morning sickness, prenatal gummies can be a helpful backup for when you just can’t stomach eating anything else.

They don’t usually offer nutrients in ideal dosages or forms, but they’re definitely better than nothing.

The decision to take a prenatal supplement is personal, and I hope this article has given you some insight into why taking a prenatal supplement is important.

Unsure which prenatal supplement is right for you?

This course is perfect if you’re unsure which prenatal is right for you.

You want to ensure that you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals in your body, so it’s important to know how to choose the right prenatal supplement for yourself.

That’s why we created the Prenatal Supplement Course.

This course walks you through different types of prenatal vitamins, which vitamins & minerals are essential for pregnancy, the doses required and how to pick a supplement based on your specific needs.

It’s only $27, which is less than the cost of most prenatal vitamins, and will save you time and money trying to find the best prenatal supplements on your own!

This course will help make this exciting time even more enjoyable.

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