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Why You Should Take a Prenatal Vitamin

Getting the Nutrients You Need in Pregnancy

Getting the Nutrients You Need in Pregnancy

As soon as your doctor confirmed your pregnancy, she probably suggested a prenatal vitamin. Your body needs more of a variety of vitamins and minerals to support the life growing inside you. A balanced diet is best, but when nausea, food aversions, and other concerns stand between you and that kale smoothie youd ideally be downing for breakfast, a prenatal vitamin can bridge the gap. Here are the key nutrients to look for and how they help keep you and baby healthy.

By Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN. Rachel Meltzer Warren is a nutrition writer, educator, and counselor based in the New York City area, and the author of The Smart Girls’ Guide to Going Vegetarian. Published October 27, 2015.
Reviewed by Elisabeth Aron, MD, FACOG on August 24, 2015.