The Best Prenatal Vitamin
Choosing the best prenatal vitamin isn’t a matter of choosing the best brand, but rather choosing the prenatal vitamin which can supplement your normal healthy diet to ensure a healthy delivery. That might mean taking one catch-all prenatal vitamin, supplementing specific vitamins, or simply adjusting your eating habits.
Key prenatal vitamins:
It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about vitimins and suppliments you need for your pregnancy, however, there are some general guidelines that are typically followed.
B Vitamins/B Complex
The various B vitamins play a very important role in the development of your baby’s brain, with deficiencies of each associated with serious problems.
- B1/Thiamine: A major component in the development of a baby’s brain during pregnancy.
- B2/Riboflavin: A key vitamin for eye and skin health, for you and your baby.
- B3/Niacin: Important in the development of your baby’s brain, and also important to keep your digestive system working peacefully throughout your pregnancy.
- B5/Pantothenic Acid: Leg cramps are a constant challenge for some women throughout pregnancy. B5 can help alleviate this symptom, while also playing an important role in the production of certain hormones.
- B6/Pyridoxine: Critical in the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters associated with a huge number of metabolic functions. Deficiency can lead to metabolic problems and mental or behavioral health problems in you and your baby.
- B7/Biotin: Used in hair, nails, and skin, B7 deficiency is very common in any pregnancy. You may also need to continue supplementing this one if you intend to breastfeed.
- B9/Folic Acid: A deficiency in folic acid during pregnancy can lead directly to neural tube defects. Most defects of this type develop very early in the pregnancy, so make sure to start taking folic acid the moment you suspect you are pregnant. Preferably, start supplementing before conception.
Your body will need a lot of calcium to develop the skeletal structure of your baby. If you aren’t taking enough in, your body will take what it needs from elsewhere, resulting in reduced bone density.
You and your baby both need plenty of iron to ensure your blood can do its job throughout pregnancy, delivering oxygen to critical tissues in your body and the baby’s. As with calcium, a deficiency of iron can lead to problems in your body even when they don’t affect your baby, leading to anemia and other problems.
Iodine plays an important role in thyroid function, which in turn plays a big role in governing the hormones of your body. Deficiency in iodine during pregnancy can not only lead to a host of birth defects, including but not limited to stunted growth, mental disability, and deafness, it can even lead to miscarriages and stillbirth.
During pregnancy, it can be difficult to get enough sunlight to naturally generate necessary amounts of vitamin D. This is especially worrisome as inadequate vitamin D can lead to birth defects related to bones. Some research also suggests a link to a wider variety of complications.
Vitamin C is a critical component in the production of collagen, a protein your body uses in skin, bones, tendons, and cartilage. It’s what makes your skin bouncy and youthful, so it’s no surprise you and your baby are going to need a lot of it while your body makes that baby. It also acts to protect cells from damage as an antioxidant, another important role during pregnancy.
Zinc plays an important role in cell growth and maintaining healthy DNA during the rapid cell division of pregnancy. It also helps to maintain your immune system throughout pregnancy.
It’s important to remember prenatal vitamin supplements assume an existing healthy diet. A prenatal vitamin supplement alone can’t provide everything you need if you’re already deficient in vitamins and minerals. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about which pre-natal is best for you and your baby. If you’re interested in learning more about our services at Your First Look, schedule an appointment today.