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Prenatal Nutrition

Monday, 24 November 2008 19:55
Often when a woman becomes pregnant, or is trying to get pregnant, she develops a new perspective on her health. For most this means a new or renewed interest in nutrition and healthy food choices. Some women are afraid their diet is insufficient and worry it might affect their baby. Others simply want to do everything in their power to have an easy pregnancy and a normal infant. All are valid concerns. They are also opportunities for you to discuss the reasons to supplement, even for those already eating healthfully.

Supplementing with vitamins to ensure a healthy pregnancy is wise. In fact, because U.S. RDAs for some nutrients double during pregnancy, it may be the only way to guarantee nutrient needs are met. In particular, pregnant women need increased quantities of iron, calcium and folic acid. Supplementing with a quality multivitamin that provides these three nutrients is a necessity because even a well-balanced diet will not provide enough of them for a woman and her growing child.

Charles K. Rosenberg, C.N.   Prenatal Nutrition   From the February 2000 Issue of Nutrition Science News