Birmingham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 22, 2009 -- A prenatal vitamin is designed to give you and your baby, before during and after childbirth, the required amounts of essential nutrients to avoid any birth defects.
They are available as a pill, chewable tablet and liquid.With the liquid variation, it is absorbed up to 5 fives more quickly than the other 2 forms
Prenatal vitamins can still be taken while you are breastfeeding as nutrition levels should be constantly checked
During pregnancy the body is depleted of regular supplies of vitamins and nutrients, so prenatal vitamins helps to combat this problem
Folic acid, calcium and iron are particularly affected during the pregnancy period, so it is advisable to choose prenatal vitamins containing these essential nutrients
Folic acid, in particular, has shown to decrease, quite significantly, case of neural tube defects, e.g. spina bifida.Its usual for the intake of this mineral to take place about 3 months proir to the pregnancy
Iron stocks are greatly reduced in the body during this period as more blood is produced, therefore increasing the need for iron.
Adverse side effects are rare but If you notice difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and/or mouth, hives, nausea, constipation, and a change in stools, consultation with your doctor may be required.
Multiple supplements should only be taken with your doctor's advise, as some vitamins are highly toxic if overtaken, such as vitamin A.
As much as there is so much praise for prenatal vitamins, a well-balanced healthy diet containing, protein, fruit, vegetables and complex carbohydrates cannot be beaten!
Most of all , consultation with dieticians and doctors should take place first, as each individuals requirements and lfestyles are unique to formulate a plan of action.