Vitamins before pregnancy…What is needed for a healthy baby?

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When you become pregnant, there is a huge importance in getting the right vitamins and minerals.  Making sure to get the right amounts will help your baby grow and develop into a healthy and happy child.  What some of you may not know is it is just as important to get these vitamins before pregnancy.

Vitamins before pregnancy

Eating a healthy diet shouldn’t only be considered when you are having a baby.  Getting the right vitamins before pregnancy will only make the process easier on your body.  When you have all the building blocks necessary, it’s much easier for your body to adapt and repair.  When you are pregnant, your body will be adapting and repairing itself often.  Preparing your body early will allow you to do these quicker when you are pregnant.

It’s not as difficult as many people think to get all the right nutrients.  You need to eat a well balanced diet which pulls from all food groups.  As I always say, you can never have too many fruits and vegetables.  They are the two food groups that have the highest density of vitamins and minerals.  Make sure to change it up as well.  Don’t eat the same fruit and vegetable everyday.  One day have some kiwis, and the next day have some apples.  Just make sure to hit a variety to make sure you are getting everything these fruits and vegetables can offer.

I do recommend you get the majority of your vitamins before pregnancy from your diet, but just to make sure you get enough, think about taking a vitamin supplement.  There are quite a few good choices out there.

A lot of the time, women are directed towards prenatal vitamins before pregnancy.  Prenatal vitamins are going to have higher contents of folic acid, iron, and calcium in most cases.  Folic acid is especially important early in one’s pregnancy because it plays a big role in the spinal cord and brain development.

You can also consider taking a normal women’s daily vitamin.  They will be packed with the essential nutrients you need as well.  As long as you are getting a sufficient amount of nutrients from your diet, these will be no problem.  They have about half the dosage of folic acid a prenatal vitamin has but in today’s world, most foods are fortified with folic acid because of the known development problem.

What prenatal vitamins before pregnancy do you need and why?

Not only is getting enough nutrients important during your pregnancy.  It is also smart to get the right prenatal vitamins before pregnancy.  If you eat a well balanced diet full of good healthy foods, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you should have no problem getting enough of the essentials.  Sometimes in today’s world, this is very hard to do though.

As an adult you should be considering taking a multivitamin supplement especially if you plan on getting pregnant.  Folic acid and B vitamins are needed before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects of the spinal cord and brain.  Most adult multivitamins will have both of these in them.  The prenatal vitamins before pregnancy should have at least 400 mcg of folic acid combined with a healthy diet.

When you become pregnant, your needs for many nutrients will increase.  That is why it is a good idea to start taking a multivitamin before pregnancy.

Before buying your multivitamin, make sure you read the labels.  The labels aren’t hiding anything.  They will tell you exactly whats in the supplement.  Most multivitamins today contain 15-20 different vitamins and minerals.  Common nutrients found in these vitamins are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Folic acid
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Thiamin
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Iodine
  • Zinc

Each of these vitamins and minerals will provide great benefits for you and your soon to be developing baby.

Your prenatal vitamins before pregnancy shouldn’t contain high doses of vitamins and minerals.  There are certain nutrients you and your baby can get toxicity from like Vitamin A.  Most of the vitamins in the stores won’t contain 100% of your daily value for all the nutrients.  For example, calcium would cause the tablet way too large.  It’s pretty easy to get enough calcium if you are eating enough dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

You can also check the label to see if it meets the requirements of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP).  This organization sets the guidelines for quality and safety for vitamins.

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