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People have been asking us all sorts of questions about prenatal vitamins. We understand that you might not know everything about them and that's okay! At this point, you've likely learned that you need to take one daily. However, we wanted to go a step further and give you the who, what, when and why of prenatal vitamins.
Why do I need one?
You may have heard that going on a diet is important for your reproductive health. But no matter how hard you try to eat specific food, there are always going to be certain elements you are missing. A prenatal has the ability to fill those gaps with all the essentials for you and your baby.
What should I look for?
As you search for the perfect prenatal, there are certain ingredients you should look out for. Each ingredient plays a different role in making your pregnancy journey a success.
- Calcium promotes your bone health and that of little one growing inside of you.
- Folic Acid prevents the baby from developing neural tube defects. These type of defects affect the brain and spine.
- Iron serves two purposes. First, it helps the fetus with cell creation. Second, it is important that you get your daily dose of iron to fight anemia during pregnancy.
- DHA - An omega 3 fatty acid that is critical for fetal brain development.
When should I start?
If you are planning to get pregnant, start taking your prenatal vitamin at least three months before conception. Eggs begin to mature around this time so it's safe to start taking your vitamin early. And keep taking it. Neural tube defects can start as early as the first month of pregnancy. You want to keep you and your baby healthy from start to finish.
Who should I get it from?
When navigating your local drugstore or the web, look for the ingredients we highlighted. But what's next? With countless different brands, how do you know which one to pick? Do a little research to find brands that are sustainable. Also look for companies that care about you and your health. Here at Binto, we've developed a line of organic prenatal vitamins to help you from conception through delivery. Make sure you choose a brand (if it's not BINTO) that sources its ingredients sustainably, is GMP certified and has at least 800 IU of folic acid and contains DHA.