Eating a healthy and very varied diet during your pregnancy will certainly help you to get the most out of the vitamins and minerals you take. When you are pregnant, or if there is a chance that you are pregnant, then you may want to make sure that you are getting the right vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the top questions that you need to ask your gynecologist about taking vitamins.
How Much Folic Acid Should I Be Taking?
It’s highly recommended that you take around 400g of folic acid every single day. You will want to do this before you are pregnant, and until you are 12 weeks. The main reason why you need to do this is so that you can reduce the risk of something happening to your baby during the early developmental phase. Of course, it’s important that you talk to your doctor about this as well because they will be able to advise you on whether or not you need to take more or less accordingly. Of course, it is possible for you to take halal prenatal vitamins if you are a Muslim, or if you follow the stricter regulations that come with Halal. This is great if you want the assurance of having a certified product that you don’t have to worry about.
Should I Be Taking Vitamin D?
It’s also recommended that you take Vitamin D as well. You should not be taking Vitamin A or anything to do with it. The main reason for this is because Vitamin A could actually end up harming your baby. If you are not quite sure if the vitamin you are taking is right for your needs or not, then it is well worth trying to talk with your doctor to see if they can advise you on that.
Where should I Buy Prenatal Vitamins?
It’s more than possible for you to get supplements from supermarkets or even pharmacies. Your gynecologist may be able to prescribe them for you, so keep this in mind. Of course, if you want to get your folic acid from your multivitamin then this is fine, but you need to make sure that this does not contain any Vitamin A or retinol. You may even be able to qualify for free vitamins, so keep that in mind.
Should I Be Taking High-Dose Folic Acid?
Some women have a much higher chance of having a pregnancy which is affected by neural tube defects. They are advised to take a higher dose of folic acid every day until they are 12 weeks pregnant. You may be at a higher risk if the father of the child has a neural tube defect, or if there is a history in the family. Other risk factors include whether or not you have diabetes, or if you are taking antiretroviral medicine for HIV. Your doctor may advise you to undergo screening, so it is very much worth looking into this before you get started.
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