How important is it for me to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    Your nutrition is key to having a healthy baby. Watch this video to learn why prenatal vitamins are important.

  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    It's important to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy to protect your baby and your baby's health. A fetus requires certain nutrients for healthy development.

    Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, which protects against neural tube defects (problems with a baby's brain and spinal cord), such as spina bifida. They also deliver iron, which safeguards against anemia. Many brands also have a dose of calcium to promote healthy teeth and bones.
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