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The importance of taking prenatal vitamins before you know you are pregnant

It is important to start taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you begin trying to get pregnant to ensure you’re prepared for a healthy pregnancy. Weeks 1 through 4 of pregnancy are when key developments start to take place, but most women do not know for certain they are pregnant until about 6 weeks along.1

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Essential nutrients for you and your baby

When you're trying to have a baby, it may be difficult for you to get all the nutrients you need from food alone. But what exactly are those key nutrients?2-6

Vitamin C

Found in citrus and fruits. Helps the body absorb iron and builds a healthy immune system.

Vitamin D

Found in fatty fish, oranges, and milk. Supports healthy bone development by helping the body absorb and use calcium.

Vitamin E

Found in wheat and seeds. Helps the body form and use red blood cells and muscles.

Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6

Found in whole grains, meat, eggs and dairy products, legumes, seeds, and nuts. B vitamins are important for energy metabolism for both mother and baby.

Vitamin B12

Found in beef, chicken, shellfish, low fat dairy, and eggs. Helps to form DNA—which carries your baby’s genetic information—build healthy blood cells, and develop a healthy nervous system.

Folic Acid (folate)

Found in leafy greens like spinach and kale. Helps to support the placenta and reduce neural tube defects, which are serious birth defects of the spine and the brain that can occur during early pregnancy.

Calcium

Found in eggs and dairy. Helps to build your baby’s bones while maintaining your own strong bones and muscle movement.

Iron

Found in beans, peas, and chard. Good for brain health, energy, and red blood cell health (especially when combined with vitamin B12 and folate). Supports baby’s growth and development by supplying oxygen to your baby.

Zinc

Found in seafood and shellfish, as well as red meats, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products. Helps produce insulin and enzymes.

Magnesium

Found in nuts, beans, and leafy greens. Good for muscle regeneration and strength, as well as helping restore your body while you’re asleep.

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Vitamin A

Found in foods like milk, eggs, carrots, spinach, broccoli, potatoes, and yellow fruits and vegetables, vitamin A helps bones and teeth grow.

Omega-3 (DHA/EPA)

Often found in fish. Supports optimal brain, eye, and nervous system development.

How to have a healthy pregnancy

There are many changes you can make when you are trying to conceive. Even before you get pregnant, taking care of yourself and optimizing your own health will give you and your baby the best chance for a healthy pregnancy.

  1. Know your body

    Start tracking your menstrual cycle and ovulation dates with an online calculator or app so you know the best days to try to conceive.

  2. Stay Calm

    Decrease your stress levels. Do whatever works well for you—yoga, medication, walking outside, etc.

  3. Change your drinking habits

    Abstain from alcohol and reduce caffeine intake.

  4. Take care of yourself

    Eat right, exercise, and start taking a prenatal dietary supplement to increase your intake of vitamin D, iron, DHA (or omega fatty acids), and folic acid. Folic acid is one of the most important vitamins to take while trying to conceive. Women who consume healthy diets with adequate folate may reduce their risk of having a child with birth defects of the brain or spinal cord.6 OB Complete® contains all these nutrients and more!7

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This content is for informational and educational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, pediatrician, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding diet and exercise during and after pregnancy, or other medical condition.

References:

  1. March of Dimes. Fewer than half of U.S. women take recommended vitamins prior to pregnancy, according to March of Dimes new prenatal health and nutrition survey. https://www.marchofdimes.org/news/fewer-than-half-of-u-s-women-take-recommended-vitamins-prior-to-pregnancy-according-to-march-of-dimes-new-prenatal-health-nutrition-survey.aspx. Published September 17, 2017. Accessed July 31, 2019.
  2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Nutrition during pregnancy. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Nutrition-During-Pregnancy?IsMobileSet=false#and. Published February 2018. Accessed July 31, 2019.
  3. American Pregnancy Association, Nutrients and Vitamins for Pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association website. https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/nutrients-vitamins-pregnancy/. Accessed August 5, 2019.
  4. National Institutes of Health. Iron: fact sheet for health professionals. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron-HealthProfessional/. Updated July 9, 2019. Accessed July 31, 2019.
  5. Mckeating DR, Fisher JJ, Perkins AV. Elemental metabolomics and pregnancy outcomes. Nutrients. 2019;11:73.
  6. National Institutes of Health. Folate Fact Sheet https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/. Accessed September 4, 2018.
  7. OB Complete® [prescribing information]. Bridgewater, NJ: Vertical Pharmaceuticals; 2018.