Congratulations! You’re having a baby! If you’ve just learned you’re pregnant, your mind is probably racing with all the changes that lie ahead of you and all that you need to accomplish is just a short nine months. Juggling childcare, work and family life. Managing your budget, cloth or disposable diapers… The list is endless.
But right now there is one thing that should top your list — nutrition. When you’re pregnant, your nutritional requirements skyrocket, making very vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. So how do you ensure your growing baby get the nutrients it needs?
- Make a special effort to eat well by increasing your consumption of proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats (in particular olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil)
- Stop smoking
- Don’t drink alcohol
- Stop or severely limit your intake of caffeine
And most importantly, fill any nutritional gaps with a quality prenatal vitamin.
When should you start taking prenatal vitamins?
If you’ve just learned you’re pregnant, start taking a prenatal vitamin immediately. In fact, if you’re planning a family, doctors and nutritional experts recommend taking a prenatal vitamin even before conception.
The reason for this is simple. Folate is an important B vitamin that helps prevent rare birth defects called neural tube defects. These birth defects occur very early in a pregnancy. Taking at least the minimum recommended dose of 400 mcg of folate (or folic acid) will help protect your growing baby from problems like Spina Bifida and Anencephaly, along with certain heart defects.
What’s the difference between folate and folic acid?
Folate is the natural form of vitamin B found in foods and some high-quality nutritional supplements. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin found in most vitamins. In general, most people are able to more effectively use folate vs. the synthetic folic acid.
Can you get enough folate from diet alone?
Dried peas and beans, leafy dark greens and citrus foods contain folate. Many breads and cereals are also supplemented with folic acid (the synthetic form of folate). So if you make a concerted effort to eat a diet rich in these foods, you may hit the daily RDA recommended for pregnant woman.
But then, other vitamins also play a key role in your baby’s development. Vitamin B12 and vitamin C work together along with folate to help the body process, use, and create new proteins. Folate helps the body make red blood cells and produce DNA. Extra iron is also essential for pregnant women.
With so much at stake, a prenatal vitamin is the best way to ensure you’re getting the right vitamins in the correct amounts.
How to choose a prenatal vitamin
If you’ve taken a look at your local grocery store’s vitamin section, you’ve probably found at least a couple of different brands of prenatal vitamins. The same will be true at your local health food. And if you shop online you’ll be need to choose from dozens, if not hundreds of different products.
So how do you choose the best prenatal vitamin?
Looking at labels doesn’t always make things clearer. By the time you’re tried to decipher a handful of ingredient labels you may feel the need to sign up for a nutrition course at your local college!
However we’ll offer a few pointers you can turn to when choosing a good prenatal vitamin.
A prenatal vitamin should contain:
- At least 400 mcg of folate (or folic acid) – as discussed in the previous paragraphs folate plays an important role in the prevention of birth defects. Generally folate is more bioavailable and is easier for the body to use than folic acid r which requires an extra conversion step before it can be used.
- 300 mcg of biotin – Biotin is an expensive B vitamin and many “cheaper” supplements will short this supplements by supplying less than the daily RDA or omitting the vitamin altogether
- Vitamin D3 – is the preferred form of vitamin D recommended by most Doctors and researchers
- D-alpha tocopherol the natural form of vitamin E vs. Dl alpha tocopherol the synthetic version. It is estimated that the Dl alpha tocopherol is only 50% as effective as the natural form
- Vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalmin vs. cyanocobalamin
- No artificial colors or flavorings
Also, if you have food sensitivities or follow a particular diet, it may be helpful if the tablet or capsule is soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian.
What makes Baby’sBest Start Prenatal Vitamins a good choice?
With the introduction of our professional grade supplement, Baby’s Best Start Prenatal Vitamins, we’ve combined the best manufacturing practices with the latest science and research to formulate an exceptional vitamin.
This life-nurturing vitamin meets or exceeds all of the requirements above and all of the minerals that help support maternal health and wellness. Although this manufacturing cost of this vitamin is a little higher than other drugstore brands, we knew it was a vitamin we would whole heartedly recommend to our family and friends.
Baby’s Best Start contains 800 mcg of methylfolate which is double the minimum requirement of folate in a methylated form, (the most bioavailable). It also contains a therapeutic dose of lutein which provides added support for baby’s brain and eye development.
The formulation is designed to be particularly gentle on digestive systems for women with morning sickness or sensitive digestive systems. Taking two capsules per day with food will provide you and your baby with top quality, doctor-recommended nutrition.
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