Top 5 Vitamins for Pregnancy

There are many different vitamins that pregnant women need. That is because they need nutrients for their soon-to-be newborn child along with the nutrients for themselves. However, what nutrients do pregnant women need? Continue reading to learn about vitamins for pregnancy.

Vitamins For Pregnancy

Folate/Folic Acid:

Folate is one of the b vitamins, vitamin B9 to be specific. This vitamin is used during pregnancy to do many different things. The National Institutes of Health state that “Taking folic acid might reduce the risk of having a premature baby.” Taking adequate amounts of folate before and during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects. These are defects that are found in the baby’s brain or spine. Folate is found naturally in many foods and a form of folate, called folic acid is used in fortified foods and supplements. Some foods you can find folate in are:

  • Beef Liver
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts

Iron:

Iron is a mineral that is used in the body to do many things, including using iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that helps carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of the body. During pregnancy, women need almost double the amount of iron due to their child needing the mineral as well. The National Institutes of Health recommend that pregnant women get around 27 mg (milligrams) of iron each day. Good sources of iron include:

  • Lean meat
  • Seafood
  • Iron-fortified cereal
  • Nuts and Dried fruit

Calcium:

Calcium is a mineral that helps in developing parts of your child, including the baby’s bones, teeth, heart, muscles, and nerves. During pregnancy, it is recommended that you get 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day to keep you and your child well-nourished. Some foods that contain calcium to help you reach this amount are:

  • Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt
  • Vegetables such as Bale, Broccoli, and Chinese Cabbage
  • Salmon
  • Fortified foods

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is needed to help absorb calcium into your body. It also helps nerves, muscles, and immune system work. Your baby needs this vitamin to help their bones and teeth grow. While pregnant, you need 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily. It is important to get adequate amounts to avoid deficiency. You can get vitamin D from a variety of sources. These include:

  • Sunshine
  • Salmon and other fatty fish
  • Fortified milk and cereal

Iodine:

Iodine is a mineral that is needed to make thyroid hormones. While pregnant, you need iodine to help develop your baby’s brain. Another use of it is to help your baby’s nervous system develop. Pregnant women need to get 220 mcg (micrograms) of iodine each day. You can find Iodine in many foods some are:

  • Fish
  • Dairy Products
  • Iodized Salt

Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn more about Iodine’s Effect on Pregnancy.

Prenatal Supplements

There are also prenatal supplements available to those who want to make sure that they are getting enough vitamins during and after their pregnancy. Here at Prenatal Liquid Vitamin, we have a prenatal vitamin that contains all of the previously mentioned nutrients. Our prenatal vitamin also contains Folate instead of the synthetic folic acid. For more information about this product please visit our website to learn more.

Sources:

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-Consumer/
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-Consumer/