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Why You Should Take a Prenatal Vitamin



You know calcium is good for bones, but it may also reduce the risk of preeclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy, a condition that can lead to pregnancy complications, says Greenhouse. Most prenatals have some, but not all, of your daily calcium. Thats OK, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health, as supplement forms are poorly absorbed. Youre better off getting the rest from dairy, soy, almonds and dark leafy greens. Have at least three servings of calcium-rich foods each day and look for 1,200 to 1,500 mg in your prenatals.

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.