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Becoming pregnant can be an exciting time. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for pregnancy is make sure you’re eating a healthy diet. Prenatal nutrition is very important, and getting a head start will pay dividends once you get pregnant. A healthy diet can help boost your fertility, help get your body ready for pregnancy and help keep you healthy.
However, even if a woman eats a well-balanced diet, sometimes additional vitamins and minerals can be helpful to ensure her body is getting enough nutrition during pregnancy. This is why prenatal vitamins are so important. They help women make up for many nutritional shortcomings and ensure that the baby is getting the nutrition it needs for proper development.
“As long as you're having a healthy pregnancy, Health Canada advises taking a prenatal vitamin containing .4 mg (400mcg) of folic acid and 16 – 20 mg of iron each day,” says BabyCenter.
“You shouldn't need to take vitamins to get the rest of your vitamins and minerals. All you need to do is make sure you have a variety of healthy foods. A balanced diet is the best way to get the nutrients you and your baby need,” they add.
It’s also important not to overdo it. It is possible to take too many vitamins, and it could actually hurt your baby. “Don’t take more than the recommended dose, which is usually one vitamin a day. Taking megadoses of certain vitamins can be harmful to you and your baby,” says BabyCenter.
These vitamins will play a key role in ensuring you have a healthy pregnancy:
Every pregnancy is different. Depending on your current diet, health and other factors, you may or may not need to increase your intake of specific vitamins. If you are planning to get pregnant or have recently become pregnant, talk to your doctor about your diet and prenatal vitamin options.