pregnant woman taking vitaminsA healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need but if you're pregnant or hoping to conceive, prenatal vitamins can fill any gaps. Taking prenatal vitamins can help you maintain your own health during pregnancy and give your child the best start to life.

The B vitamin folic acid can greatly reduce the risk of your child developing spina bifida and neural tube defects or being born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or certain heart birth defects. Taking folic acid early in the pregnancy may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, a dangerous condition marked by high blood pressure and fluid retention. In severe cases of preeclampsia an emergency C-section may be necessary.

Women need twice as much iron during pregnancy when it helps your body make blood to supply oxygen to the fetus and help prevent anemia.  Vitamin D and calcium promote the development of the baby's teeth and bones, a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles, and normal heart rhythm. All women ages 18 and over need 1,000 mg of calcium each day.

These important vitamins and minerals are found in prenatal supplements and it’s a good idea for women of reproductive age who want to become pregnant to take a prenatal vitamin. Remember to always consult with your doctor before taking prenatal vitamins along with other vitamin supplements because excessive amounts of vitamins can cause harm to you and your developing baby.

Discover our prenatal care or request an appointment at our Brownstown or Southgate locations today.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax