Choosing Your Prenatal Multivitamin
Choosing your prenatal multivitamin is not to be taken lightly: its ingredients can have an impact on your health and the health of your baby. Your body has extra needs when you’re pregnant, and vitamin supplements are the best way to get these essentials. Your diet and physical condition play a big role in determining what supplements are right for you.
Talk to you healthcare professional as soon as possible to determine what MultiVitamin/MultiMineral supplementation is right for you. Ideally, starting supplementation prior to conception is generally recommended.
Choosing the right prenatal vitamin for you
What dose of folic acid is right for you?
Important Risk Information
Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Women who consume healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce their risk of having a child with birth defects of the brain or spinal cord. Public health authorities recommend that women consume 0.4 mg folic acid daily from fortified foods or dietary supplements, or both, to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. The safe upper limit of daily intake value for folic acid is 1,000 mcg (1 mg). This product exceeds the DV (1,000 mcg) of folic acid. Folate intake should not exceed 250% of the DV (1,000 mcg). However, Mteryti® and Mteryti® folic 5 tablets may be appropriate for some women under a healthcare professional's supervision.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Prenatal Multivitamin or Folic Acid Alone?
Your intake of folic acid, vitamin B12 and iron should be greater at the beginning of your pregnancy and even before you become pregnant. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies may have a negative effect on both the baby’s health and yours.
That is why the The U. S. Public Health Service and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend taking a prenatal multivitamin containing folic acid before and during pregnancy instead of folic acid alone. Prenatal multivitamins are designed to meet the mother’s health specific needs as well as the needs of your growing baby.
|Folic Acid||Consuming enough folic acid in the first 28 days of pregnancy may help reduce the risk of neural tube malformations.|
|Vitamin B12||In combination with folic acid, Vitamin B12 may help reduce the risk of neural tube defects in early pregnancy and of premature birth.|
|Iron||Iron helps maintain a high energy level, resistance to infections and tolerance of blood loss in childbirth.|
A well-balanced diet may not be enough. It is very difficult to ensure that you get the required quantities of iron when you become pregnant. Moreover, many women are unaware they are pregnant at the beginning of pregnancy.
For both of these reasons, it is important to start taking a prenatal vitamin adapted to two or three months before your pregnancy and up to four to six weeks after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, keep taking your prenatal multivitamin as long as you are doing so, to make sure you always have sufficient iron stores. After delivery, whether you are breastfeeding or not, discuss continued supplementation with your health care professional.
The best choice is thus to take a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid.
Your Prenatal Multivitamin Checklist
Because your baby relies on your body’s resources to grow, you need to keep your amount of essential vitamins and minerals at the right levels. That’s why it’s important to start taking a prenatal vitamin before you even get pregnant.
It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider about which prenatal vitamin may be right for you, here are a few things to ask about:
- Adequate dose of elemental Iron
- The right amount of Folic Acid
- Vitamin B12
- Calcium and Vitamin D
- The right amount of Vitamin A
Each vitamin and mineral contained in the supplement contributes to good health and plays a role in helping your body meet the increased nutritional needs your body and baby need. It’s also a good idea to keep taking your vitamin while you breastfeed.