Good nutrition is especially important when you’re trying to conceive and once you’ve become pregnant. However, it can be difficult to maintain a perfectly balanced diet at all times. A prenatal vitamin can be a big help in making up for some shortfalls, but remember that vitamins are not designed to take the place of good eating habits.
Vitamins and minerals put into prenatal vitamins play an important role in the healthy development of a baby. This section explores the roles of different vitamins and how they can be helpful and important to you and your baby.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in all the cells in our bodies. DHA has been shown to be particularly important during pregnancy, benefits include support for cognitive and visual development. (5,6). DHA is especially important in the third trimester when significant brain growth occurs. March of Dimes recommends that during pregnancy women should get at least 200 milligrams of DHA every day (7). Vitafol-One contains 200mg of plant based DHA; plant based DHA helps avoid concerns you may have about oceanborne contaminants, fishy burps, toxins- such as mercury contamination, all which may be associated with fish-based DHA.
Primary function of iron is to carry oxygen to bodily tissues. During your pregnancy the amount of blood in your body increases; therefore you need more iron for your growing baby and placenta (10). Vitafol-One contains 100% of the recommended daily intake for iron during pregnancy. Vitafol-One uses a Polysaccharide iron which makes the iron more readily absorbed, while minimizing the risk of gastric irritation. Vitafol-One contains 29mg of elemental iron a polysaccharide iron complex.
Your body needs Vitamin D to support the healthy development of bones for Mom and baby. Vitamin D is found in natural food sources- fatty fish, eggs and milk as well as from the sun. Over the past 50 years, as more and more people have come to spend their days in an office or factory instead of on a farm, the opportunity to produce vitamin D has greatly diminished. Studies have documented that 13 to 80% of pregnant women in the United States may be at risk of Vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency (1,2,3,4).
Folic Acid is a naturally occurring B vitamin found in nutrient green, leafy vegetables, broccoli, peas, corn, oranges, grains, cereals and meats. Folic Acid supplementation is especially important in physiological states that require increased cell reproduction such as pregnancy (8,9). One way to ensure you are getting enough folic acid is to take a multivitamin with 1mg of folic acid. Vitafol-One contains 1mg of Folic Acid.