Most obstetricians recommend that all women take a daily prenatal vitamin supplement to ensure adequate nutrition throughout their pregnancy journey. This includes our team at Northwest Women’s Center in Houston, TX. Our providers educate women on the many benefits of prenatal vitamins before and during their pregnancy.
What Are Prenatal Vitamins?
Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated multivitamins that contain elevated levels of key nutrients vital to a pregnant woman’s health and the proper development of her baby. These nutrients include folic acid, iodine, calcium, iron, zinc, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin D.
What Are the Advantages of Taking Prenatal Vitamins?
Prenatal vitamins are an essential part of a healthy pregnancy as they provide the necessary nutrients for the baby’s growth and development. They:
- Contain higher amounts of folic acid, iron, and other vital vitamins and minerals than regular multivitamins. Folic acid significantly reduces the risk of neural tube defects in babies, while iron helps prevent anemia in both mother and baby.
- Can also help reduce your risk of having a baby with certain birth defects when taken prior to becoming pregnant
- Can keep you feeling energized during your pregnancy
- Can decrease nausea during your pregnancy
When Should I Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins?
It is recommended to begin taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you begin trying to conceive. Prenatal vitamins help prepare your body for pregnancy and increase your chances of conceiving.
They are also important throughout the entire pregnancy journey, from conception to delivery, to ensure that both mother and baby get adequate nutrition.
Schedule an Appointment at Our Houston, TX, Area Facility
At Northwest Women’s Center, we believe that proper nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy experience. We offer individualized nutritional counselling so pregnant women can make informed and educated decisions about their health and dietary needs during this special time of life. Our providers are here to answer any questions or concerns you have about prenatal vitamins or other aspects of your pregnancy care. Contact us today at 281-444-3440 to schedule an appointment at our practice and start taking care of your body–and your baby–with prenatal vitamins and routine prenatal care.