Tuesday 23 July 2019

QA With Marla Ahlgrimm: Prenatal Vitamins

Marla Ahlgrimm
When you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you will likely hear the term “prenatal vitamins” thrown around quite a bit. But, what are they, and are they really important? Keep reading as Marla Ahlgrimm answers a few common questions about vitamins for pregnant women.

Q: What are prenatal vitamins? How are they different than a multivitamin?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A prenatal vitamin is formulated specifically to aid in the development of a growing fetus. They contain a precise balance of vitamins and nutrients, including folic acid and calcium. They are similar to multivitamins but have more of the things a pregnant woman’s body needs.

Q: Are prenatal vitamins all I need to ensure a healthy pregnancy?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely not. Although vitamins can provide you and your unborn baby with an extra boost of nutrition, there is nothing that can replace eating well and exercising. You may not even need prenatal vitamins if you have a diverse diet that consists primarily of fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins. Your doctor can help you decide which, if any, prenatal vitamins are right for you.

Q: Are all prenatal vitamins the same?

Marla Ahlgrimm: No, just like no two brands of anything are exactly alike. There will be different formulations depending on which nutritional aspects of the pregnancy that you want to focus on. If you are prone to iron-deficiency anemia, for example, some manufacturers have products that offer more iron. There are many over-the-counter options available, although your doctor may prefer that you take a prescription vitamin.

Q: Should I take more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamins while pregnant?

Marla Ahlgrimm: As a general rule, no. But, your doctor might make specific recommendations based on your overall health.


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