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Do prenatal vitamins work?

Do prenatal vitamins work?
Do prenatal vitamins work?
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Most definitely yes, they work. They prevent brain and spinal cord problems such as spina bifida and also low birth weight. Every woman who’s thinking of or might get pregnant should take prenatal vitamins. If I were Health Czar for a day I’d order free prenatal vitamins for every pregnant woman in America, and any woman who just might get pregnant would have a dispenser in her bedroom so she could pop a few before sex.

I’m being flip, but you get the picture. You see, a woman needs to be on these vitamins the moment she becomes pregnant, as the baby’s neural tube is formed in the first few weeks after conception. The neural tube then becomes the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Think about it, it may take a month before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. So if there’s a chance you might get pregnant, take the supplements. Your baby’s brain needs them. What I’m trying to get at here is that prenatal vitamins are cheap, effective and have limited side effects. Nausea and constipation being the most common.

If you don’t like to swallow pills, try the chewable kind. Let me assure you, on the list of sacrifices you’re going to make for your baby swallowing pills doesn’t make the top thousand. Finally, just because you’re taking vitamin supplements does not mean you shouldn’t eat right. As always, you are what you eat and when you’re pregnant, your baby is what you eat. Fruits, veggies and lean protein should be your diet. Of course you do need some carbs but not excessive amounts. If you’re already overweight before getting pregnant you should be extra careful with how much you put on during the pregnancy.

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