What are six vital nutrients that should be in a prenatal vitamin?
If you are you looking to get pregnant our already are, did you know that most pregnant women are taking a generic prenatal that may not contain the right form or amount of vital nutrients during pregnancy? There are also some vital nutrients that are not found in most prenatal vitamins. These nutrients are so important for the baby’s development and to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Investing in a quality prenatal that has these six vital nutrients will ensure that you and the baby:
- Get optimal vitamin and mineral quantities
- Avoid contamination or unhealthy fillers
- That they are third party tested to check for quality and safety.
You want to make sure you aren’t wasting money on a prenatal that isn’t effective, or worse, contains harmful ingredients. Read below to find out what nutrients should be in your prenatal.
Six Vital Nutrients in Prenatals:
1. Methylated B Vitamins: B12 must be in the active form of methylcobalamin and Folate in the active form of methyltetrahydrofolate. B vitamins prevent miscarriage, birth defects, and are important for production of our hormones and DNA. Dosage: 400mcg daily of folate, MTHFR mutation 800mcg daily. Those also with the MTHFR mutation should avoid folic acid.
2. Choline: Important for the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system, as well as help transport DHA across the placental membrane. Dosage: 450mg daily. Those with the MTHFD1 mutation should be taking up to 900mg daily.
3. Iodine: For thyroid in both mom and baby, development of the baby’s brain and nervous system. Dosage: Pregnant women 220mcg daily, Breastfeeding 290 mcg daily.
4. Magnesium: Prevents morning sickness, leg cramps, insomnia and is necessary for over 300 metabolic pathways in the body. Dosage: at least 200-400mg daily. There are also different forms and some can cause diarrhea (such as magnesium oxide).
5. Vitamin D: Important for the development of the baby’s immune, pancreatic, musculoskeletal, nerve, and cardiovascular systems. Studies have also shown it can prevent preeclampsia. Dosage: Varies but studies recommend 4000-5000 IU daily. Most prenatals usually contain only about 400 IU.
6. DHA: An important omega 3 fatty acid for the development of the baby’s brain, eyes, and nervous system. Pregnant & breastfeeding women need 300mg daily. For those who are plant based, look for algae sources of DHA.
You may be thinking, where can I find a prenatal that has these nutrients? I recommend checking out Needed because they not only have a prenatal and an omega 3 supplement which includes all these nutrients, but they are also at the right amount that your body needs during pregnancy. Use code “RADIANT” for 20% off your first order.
Before taking prenatal vitamin especially with higher doses, I recommend following up with a Functional Medicine Practitioner to assess your nutrient levels and recommend the best prenatal for a healthy, nourish pregnancy for you and your baby. Be sure to share with those trying to conceive and who already are pregnant.
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