Why is it Important to Take Prenatal Vitamins While Pregnant or When Trying to Conceive?

When you baby begins growing your body will begin taking nutrients and deliver them to the baby before your own body has a chance to process them.  It is important that you ensure that your are getting enough nutrients necessary for your baby’s proper growth and development and your own health.  When you baby begins taking all of your daily supply, your body will begin pulling out reserves of minerals in your body to provide your baby with his or her needs and to take care of your own daily needs.  This nutrient deficiency can leave an expectant mother nutritionally at risk; however, taking a daily prenatal vitamin can help expectant moms ensure they are getting enough vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin c, vitamin D, iron, and other nutrients that you and your baby need.

If you are unable to stomach your prenatal vitamins, make sure that you talk to your doctor to discuss alternative options.  Some doctors will switch you to a vitamin that is gentler on your stomach or tell you to take prenatal vitamins that don’t contain any iron.  I remember when I was pregnant with all three of my kids, the prenatal vitamins always made me feel sick to my stomach no matter when I would take them.   With my last pregnancy, I found the gummy prenatal vitamins and loved them.  They provided me with the additional nutrients that my body needed, except for iron.  Gummy prenatal vitamins don’t contain iron.  A gummy vitamin may not be an ideal solution if you happen to have anemia while pregnant.

Alternative prenatal vitamins are a great way to ensure that you are getting enough additional nutrients that your developing baby needs without taking any of your reserves.  If you take a gummy prenatal vitamin it is important that you ensure that you eat a diet that is rich in iron to make up for the lack of iron missing from your vitamins.  Some iron rich foods include: spinach, red meats, liver, beans, tofu, iron enriched breakfast cereals, baked potatoes, broccoli, almonds, peanuts, cashews, raisins, prunes, green pepper, pasta, rice, green leafy vegetables.

Were you able to take prenatal vitamins while you were pregnant?


4 responses to “Why is it Important to Take Prenatal Vitamins While Pregnant or When Trying to Conceive?”

  1. Lexie Avatar

    I am 100% pro prenatal vitamins! And the right ones make a huge difference too! I believe the strength of your baby is vital especially if anything happens during birth. These prenatal vitamins are definitely very helpful!

    1. Christy Avatar

      I agree Lexie. I loved that they came out with a gummy pre-natal vitamin during my last pregnancy. I was able to get the nutrients without feeling nauseated.

  2. Regina Avatar

    I agree with taking prenatal vitamins. They don’t require a presription anymore and are in the pharmacy area of the stores here. That allows others who don’t get regular medical care, the opporutnity to use them.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Very true Regina, I didn’t even think about them being over the counter so that you can begin taking them as soon as you find out that your are pregnant or begin using them if you plan on trying to have a baby.