Hi, I’m Dr. Daniel McDyer and today I would like to discuss the important topic of prenatal vitamin use during pregnancy. As we all know, the best way to get all of the important nutrients that your body needs is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. However, even in the most ideal circumstances, our diets may fall short of supplying a few important nutrients to keep our bodies functioning at peak performance. The importance of good nutrition is even more apparent if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant as the growing baby places increased nutritional demands on your body. Prenatal vitamins can help fill the voids left by your diet or your pregnancy and they can play a key role in developing a healthier baby.
Nutritional Importance of Prenatal Vitamins
The most important nutrients supplied by prenatal vitamins in doses higher than regular vitamins are folic acid and iron. Iron supplementation is important to help prevent you from developing anemia or a low blood count while pregnant because the baby demands more of your iron stores to develop its own blood cells. Folic Acid supplementation is also very important because it helps prevent serious birth defects of the spine and brain. Other important nutrients in superior prenatal vitamins include omega-3 fatty acids which help the baby’s brain development and calcium and Vitamin D which help with the baby’s bone development.
Recent important discoveries have shown that up to 50% of people may not be able to utilize folic acid appropriately which may increase their risk of folic acid deficiency. In order to prevent this, a unique form of folic acid called Quatrefolic has been developed and is included in a few select prenatal vitamins, such as VitaMed MD, to help prevent the adverse effects of folic acid deficiency which include brain and spinal defects. For your convenience, and to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality prenatal vitamin, the doctors and scientists at VitaMed MD have assembled a unique, affordable and convenient program called vitaCare that will allow for their prenatal vitamins to be shipped directly to you free of charge.