The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy


If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it is vitally important that you eat a healthy diet that is rich in the vitamins, mineral and important nutrients that you and your baby will need during this very exciting time. Getting an adequate amount of folic acid is especially important before and during pregnancy and can help to prevent neural tubal birth defects such as Spina Bifida. Calcium is also very important and can help keep you from losing bone density during your pregnancy. Your baby will also need calcium for developing bones. Iron is important to both you and your unborn child and can help your blood to carry oxygen to your unborn child.

Even with the healthiest of diets, it is often hard to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need during pregnancy. That is why Obstetricians prescribe prenatal vitamins to all pregnant women. There are many different types and brands of prenatal vitamins on the market. Some are over-the-counter while others require a prescription. A good prenatal vitamin should contain the following:

  • 400 micrograms of folic acid
  • 400 IU of Vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 milligrams of calcium
  • 70 milligrams of Vitamin C
  • 3 milligrams of Thiamine
  • 2 milligrams of Riboflavin
  • 20 milligrams of Niacin
  • 6 micrograms of Vitamin B12
  • 10 milligrams of Vitamin E
  • 15 milligrams of Zinc
  • 17 milligrams of Iron

Before taking any type of prenatal vitamin or other medication or supplement during pregnancy, it important to first check with your health care provider. Your OBGYN can determine which prenatal vitamins are best suited for your particular needs. He or she may recommend more or less of certain vitamins and minerals based on your medical history and the individual circumstances surrounding your pregnancy.