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Prenatal Vitamins By Cathy Peterson

Whether you’re pregnant or just considering having a baby, you probably have a dozen things on your mind. While images of a blanket swaddled newborn might dance in your head, you’re probably considering other issues like bottle versus breastfeeding, what type of maternity clothes to buy, and what names you might choose for your little bundle of joy. If you’ve visited your OBGYN for your prenatal appointment or simply to discuss getting pregnant, your doctor has probably prescribed prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are by no means necessary for the health of your newborn, but they can be a good safety measure to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs during this especially important time. If you’re very health conscious and eat the right foods, chances are that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. However, during pregnancy many women experience nausea and sickness or simply find they have cravings for certain foods that may not be the healthiest choices. A prenatal vitamin can fill in the gaps, making sure your baby gets all the vitamins he or she needs to grow and thrive. Among the benefits of a prenatal vitamin is the fact that it ensures your body gets an adequate amount of iron. Studies have proven that most women don’t consume enough iron during their pregnancies. Iron deficiency can result in anemia, a condition that can easily be avoided by taking a proper prenatal vitamin. Another important component of prenatal vitamins is folic acid. Important in pregnancy, folic acid has been found to reduce the risk of birth defects. In fact, many doctors recommend that women who are trying to conceive begin taking a folic acid supplement or boosting their folic acid consumption at least one month before trying to get pregnant. Although prenatal vitamins are not a necessity, they certainly contain many benefits. With one dose a day, you can rest assured that your baby-to-be is receiving all the nutrients he or she needs, keeping his or her development and growth right on track so you increase your chances of having a healthy newborn. Cathy Peterson writes about Prenatal Vitamins, Prenatal Suppliments and Prenatal Vitamins coupons

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Prenatal Vitamins Versus Over-The-Counter Drugs: Which works better? By Ashley Hunter

If you are planning to conceive or are already on the family way, taking prenatal vitamins is a must. Prenatal vitamins provide important minerals and nutrients that help support a healthy pregnancy. There are several prenatal vitamins being sold in the market today – some can be bought over-the-counter and there are those that are specifically prescribed by your healthcare provider. Is there a difference between the two? In this article, we will show the basic difference between prescription and over-the-counter prenatal vitamins and why prescription does matter. The biggest difference between over-the-counter drugs and prescription prenatal vitamins is the amount of folic acid they contain. Many prescription prenatal vitamins contain 1.0 mg folic acid (1000 mcg) while many over-the-counter prenatal vitamins contain less or approximately 800 mcg of folic acid. Folic acid is especially important during the first three months of pregnancy because it helps your body produce healthy blood cells. It also helps prevent brain and spinal — or neural tube — defects. What are neural tube defects, you may ask. Neural tube defects typically occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy, which means expectant moms need to get enough folic acid every day. According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended daily allowance or RDA of folic acid during pregnancy is 0.6 mg with an upper intake of 1.0 mg per day. In an informal comparison of four over-the-counter prenatal vitamins and nine prescription supplements reveals that the over-the-counter vitamins, though considerably higher in almost all the micronutrient levels, were usually lower in iron and folic acid. In this case alone, one can argue that prescription supplements really do outweigh over-the-counter prenatal vitamins. Aside from being rich in folic acid, another advantage of prescription-based prenatal vitamins is the fact that it contains stool softeners. These ingredients (an example of which is docusate sodium) help prevent or relieve constipation. Most prenatal vitamins likewise contain higher doses of iron which helps women with iron-deficiency anemia cope with the disease during their respective pregnancies. There is also a growing trend among manufacturers of prescription prenatal vitamins to include omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is also worth noting that there are some over-the-counter prenatal supplements that contain extra ingredients such as herbs. These so-called extra materials are not usually found in prescription prenatal vitamins. However, many healthcare providers frown upon these kinds of supplements as many herbs have not been proven safe for pregnant women. Another compelling argument for choosing prescription prenatal supplements as opposed to over-the-counter vitamins is the seal of approval from the FDA.When a vitamin, supplement, or drug is sold by prescription, it must meet FDA standards. This requirement is not in place for over the counter prenatal vitamins. As in most things about pregnancy, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider which kind of prenatal supplements you need to take. This is a decision that is yours to make alone. Professional opinion, particularly that of your OB Gyne, is a must.

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Also, there are various resources you can look into before purchasing prenatal vitamins or supplements. For example, you can read magazines, browse the Internet, and ask someone close to you or just about anyone who has gone through expectancy period. Nothing is more reawrding than carrying a new life in your womb. ###

Sunnie Southern is the Senior Product Manager of Nutrition for DuetDHA (www.duetdha.com). To learn more about prenatal vitamins and pregnancy care, you may contact DuetDHA anytime.

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