March 10th, 2021

Prenatal Vitamins 101: What You Need to Know

While you can’t always guarantee a healthy, complication-free pregnancy, taking the right prenatal vitamins can have a significant impact.

Even if you regularly eat a healthy diet full of nutrients and don’t normally take extra supplements, growing a new little human requires additional vitamin power.

Plus, with cravings and morning sickness, it can be harder than usual to stick to a well-rounded, healthy diet.

So let’s dive into the prenatal vitamin basics, including what vitamins you need and what to expect.

What’s Inside?

The most important nutrients to have in your prenatal vitamins are folic acid and iron. You’ll also want calcium and vitamin D. But zinc, iodine, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and B vitamins also provide benefits for both you and your baby’s health.

Of course, always consult your doctor. Your specific health requirements may call for heavier doses of certain vitamins. 

At the same time, be sure not to take more than the recommended amount. While these vitamins are important for preventing neural tube defects, building strong bones and teeth, supporting development and preventing anemia, too much can be harmful.

When do I take them?

This may come as a surprise, but it’s actually best to start taking prenatal vitamins before you even become pregnant. 

Now, if your little baby bundle comes unexpectedly, you may not have this option. But that’s okay. Just be sure to talk to your doctor and get started with your vitamins as soon as you can. 

Or, if there is a chance you could become pregnant, planned or not, many doctors recommend regularly taking at least a folic acid supplement, just in case.

Side effects?

Increasing your intake of iron can lead to constipation. To help avoid this, make sure you are drinking plenty of water each day (which you should be doing anyway!), eat high-fiber foods, and work some light exercise into your schedule.

In addition, some prenatal vitamins can actually make nausea worse. If that is the case for you, chewable and liquid vitamins can help reduce this side effect.

Why JoySpring

Our all-natural herbal formula provides important nutrients to support healthy development without additives and fillers. Plus, our liquid formula is easier to take, digest and absorb than the typical giant pills or sugar-filled gummies. Simply take one dropper twice daily.

With folic acid, oatstraw, red raspberry leaf, ginger, chamomile, peppermint and slippery elm bark, our prenatal formula is packed with natural nutrients while also helping to keep morning sickness and heartburn at bay. It’s mother nature’s way of taking care of both you and your child. Try it out today!