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Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet? Here Are the Prenatal Vitamins You Need to Take

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Congratulations — you eat kale, but you still need to take prenatal vitamins

You could be the healthiest person alive: runner of multiple miles a day, eater of green smoothies galore and the should-be poster woman for Fitbit. But let me tell you right now, growing a human is a whole different ball game. So probiotics and hours spent in yoga aside, every pregnant person can benefit from a vitamin boost.

All those in the business of growing and birthing babies agree that the holy trinity of prenatal care includes the following vitamins: calcium, iron and folic acid (or folate). But those aren't the only ones you might need. Below, HelloFlo details why specific vitamins are so crucial to promoting Baby’s health and which other supplements mamas-to-be should be taking into consideration (of course, with the consultation of a medical professional).

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Calcium

If you grew up in the '90s, the word “calcium” will likely forever be associated with those Kraft cheese singles commercials. “Calcium builds strong bones!” And while it’s overplayed and a bit cliché, it’s true that calcium is necessary to the aiding in the buildup of the strength of your little one’s bones. It also promotes healthy blood pressure for both mother and tyke.

Iron

Start cooking some spinach into those morning eggs! Iron is essential in the delivering of oxygen to Baby, as it helps the formation of hemoglobin. It also helps make sure Mom’s levels don’t drop too low, which could result in anemia during pregnancy.

Folic Acid (Folate)

Folic acid is an imperative vitamin during pregnancy because it develops the neural tube of your baby’s brain and spinal cord. The neural tube is the crucial part of the embryo where the spine and brain develop, and if not properly taken care of, could cause serious birth defects such as spina bifida or anencephaly.

Vitamin D

A lack of vitamin D is associated with underdeveloped bone growth, fractures or rickets in babies. What’s more, a deficiency also makes pregnant mothers more susceptible to unpleasant and threatening complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, low birth weight and more.

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Vitamin C

Infections be gone! Vitamin C is important to take — in small doses — while pregnant because it helps expecting moms ward off infection. It also helps promote the formation of collagen, which cartilage, tendons, bones and skin are all composed of.

Thiamine

Feeling overly fatigued? Thiamine is a vitamin that helps more efficiently convert the carbs you eat into energy. With a boost of thiamine, you and Baby will both be feeling more energetic, not to mention it also aids in the healthy development of your baby’s brain.

Riboflavin

Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2, and like thiamine helps increase your energy levels. Those who don’t consume enough riboflavin while pregnant might be at a higher risk for suffering from preeclampsia. Additionally, riboflavin is essential to the development of Baby’s muscles, nerves and bones.

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By Stephanie Osmanski

Originally published on HelloFlo.

Congratulations — you eat kale, but you still need to take prenatal vitamins
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