What prenatal vitamins do to your body
Prenatal vitamins are specialized vitamins designed to meet the increased nutrition needs of pregnant and lactating women. A healthy diet is one of the keys to having a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, many pregnancy-related symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and food aversions, can prevent women from eating well-balanced meals. In my practice as a registered dietitian, I see even the most motivated mama has a hard time sticking with an optimal diet. Most doctors and dietitians recommend that women take a prenatal vitamin both during and after pregnancy to help ensure the nutrient needs of both mom and baby are met.
They should only be taken by women trying to get pregnant, who are pregnant, or who are breastfeeding and they should be started about three months before trying to conceive to help correct any potential vitamin or mineral deficiencies that may exist. After pregnancy, prenatal vitamins can help provide extra nutrients for breastfeeding, helping keep mama and baby healthy.
While prenatal vitamins are a matter of course for many women, you may not realize what's really going on in your body when you take them. Here's what you need to know.