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

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

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.

It is very important for you to take prenatal vitamins in the months preceding pregnancy and in the first trimester of pregnancy. Otherwise a well-balanced diet is essential in the second and third trimesters.

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

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