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

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.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

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In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vitamin supplements and provides recommended daily amount information. The FDA says that we should pay attention when considering vitamin supplements, because ...

frequently many different vitamins and minerals are combined into one product.

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