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Prenatal Vitamins - Side Effects and Benefits
Prenatal multivitamins are combinations of vitamins and minerals specially formulated for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Vitamins and minerals are naturally occurring substances necessary for many processes in the body. Vitamins and minerals are found in the foods we eat.
Pregnancy is recognized as the most nutritionally demanding time of a woman's life. The baby is entirely dependent upon her for all the nourishment it needs to grow and develop healthily. The prenatal vitamins are prescribed by the doctors, for mother's health, and the health of her baby.These are specially formulated multivitamins that make up for any nutritional deficiencies in the mother's diet during pregnancy. While the supplements contain numerous vitamins and minerals, their folic acid, iron, and calcium content are especially important.
Folic acid: The most important supplement to take is folic acid. Folic acid is necessary for the formation of neural tubes and taking it as a supplement will help prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women realize they are pregnant. There are natural sources of folic acid: green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and citrus fruits. It's also found in many fortified breakfast cereals and some vitamin supplements.
Calcium during pregnancy can prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density as the fetus uses the mineral for bone growth.
Iron helps both the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen.
Tips for pregnant women about prenatal vitamins:
Some side-effects may be come in taking prenatal vitamins. These are as:-
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