Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Essential Vitamins During Pregnancy

It is important for all pregnant to take prenatal vitamins, to ensure her health and her baby/babies. If you are having regular Prenatal Check-ups, your OB/GYN will prescribe the essential vitamins you will be needing during your pregnancy.
Folicard (Folic Acid) 

On my personal experience, during the first trimester of my pregnancy, my OB/GYN prescribed 'Folicard (Anti-Anemia) 5 mg.' to me. It has Folic Acid which helps to support the placenta and it also reduces the risk of having serious birth defects called the 'neural tube' (defects on the brain and spinal cord). There are fruits and vegetables that you can eat that has folic acid like: nuts, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, pasta, fortified cereals, oranges and strawberries. 
Calciumade (Photo Source: Unilab.com.ph)

Macrobee w/ Iron

During the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, my OB/GYN prescribed Calciumade and Macrobee with Iron to me. Calcium helps you to have strong bones and teeth, helps prevent blood clots, helps muscles and nerves function. It can also prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density, as the fetus uses the mineral for bone growth. Other sources for Calcium are: milk, yogurt, cheddar cheese, breads, cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, and calcium-fortified foods like soy milk. Iron prevents anemia and it helps the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen. Other sources for Iron are: pork, beef, spinach, dried beans, and oatmeal or grains fortified with iron

On the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I continue to take Macrobee with Iron then my OB/GYN changed my calcium vitamins into Caltrate Plus. I also drink Anmum but when I was in my 3rd trimester my OB/GYN let me stopped drinking milk because my baby is getting bigger already. 

With the right vitamins and supplement added with a healthy diet and lifestyle, you and your baby will be in good health. 

 How about you, what are the vitamins you took during your pregnancy?

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