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prenatal vitamins

Take Your Vitamins


If you haven't already been taking a daily prenatal vitamin, now is the time to start. Folic acid, a B vitamin also know as folate, is crucial because it reduces the risk of neural tube (brain) defects, so look for a vitamin that provides at least 0.4 milligrams (400 micrograms) of this nutrient. Iron is another key nutrient during pregnancy because it wards off anemia and helps your blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body and to your growing baby. Your prenatal multivitamin should contain at least 27 milligrams of iron. Talk with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements because it can be harmful to consume excess amounts of some vitamins and minerals during pregnancy.

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