Starting off with the best prenatal supplements for mommy and baby!
Getting in ample vitamins and minerals is important even before you get pregnant. Those who do not have a well-balanced diet filled with various fruits and vegetables may have a tough time reaching optimal nutrition. When initially planning on getting pregnant, the difference is now you are thinking about two people.
One of the things that put this into perspective for me when I first learned I was pregnant was just how much happens from week-to-week in the first trimester. Your baby is growing, developing a spine, a brain, organs, and so much more. These developments need help!
Picking The Best Prenatal Vitamins
This growth requires meeting the recommended levels of vitamins and minerals per day. Below are the daily minimums one needs from prenatal vitamins when trying to become or already pregnant.
- Calcium: 250 milligrams
- Vitamin D: 400 IU minimum
- Omega-3s: 300 milligrams DHA, 500 milligrams EPA
- Folic Acid: 400-800 micrograms
- Iron: 30 milligrams
- Vitamin C: 50 milligrams
- Zinc: 15 milligrams
- Copper: 2 milligrams
- Vitamin B-6: 2 milligrams
There won’t be one pill for you, but more so a prenatal multi-vitamin and and add-ons for extra Vitamin D and a high-quality Omega-3.
- Wholemega® Prenatal: with omegas – 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9’s.
- MegaFood Baby & Me™: Is a whole food prenatal multivitamin. Iron is gentle on the stomach.
- Vitamin D: May need to be supplemented in addition to your prenatal, especially if you are not getting in any fortified dairy products or daily exposure to the sun. Maximum intake is 4,000 IU per day, so I take an additional pill at 2,000 IU.
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