With all this talk of prenatal vitamins and their importance and we forgot to mention getting the importance of getting nutrients from the source. If you are lactose intolerant and don’t drink milk, did you know that other than dairy both broccoli and kale have a large source of calcium?
If you are vegetarian, iron doesn’t have to come from animals. Beans like lentils, red tomato sauce, grains, prune juice, & nuts and seeds are great sources.
The iron in prenatal vitamins can also cause constipation & nausea and if you’re in your 1st trimester even worst. Your body is absorbing all the nutrients in your food as your little parasite is stealing them. Lol! They now make prenatals with stool softeners. They truly are miracle workers.
What is DHA in prenatal vitamins?
DHA shortened for Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid found in cold water fish like tuna and salmon with Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) that are great for pregnant women. While pregnant you need at least 200 mg daily to help support your developing baby's brain, eyes, and nervous system. Studies have shown that the daily adequate dose of DHA can help prevent pre-term labor (delivery before 36 weeks gestational age), increase birth weight, and supports postpartum mood in new moms. Basically it's good for you and the baby's brain.