Citranatal provides extra nutrients to women during pregnancy. The prenatal vitamin is used to help fill the nutritional gaps in the diets of pregnant women. There are also other uses for Citranatal products; for example, the supplement is also useful for women trying to conceive and for use after childbirth.
What Is Citranatal Used For?
Citranatal® is a prescription prenatal vitamin that is specifically designed for pregnant women. Prenatal vitamins are like "nutrition insurance," because they help to fill nutritional gaps in a pregnant woman's diet. Even women who usually eat a well-balanced and nutritional diet before pregnancy may have problems meeting the increased nutritional demands of pregnancy, due to morning sickness, food aversions, or other problems.
Citranatal prenatal vitamins come in the following forms:
- Citranatal® DHA -- contains the standard prenatal vitamins and minerals in combination with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Citranatal® 90 DHA -- the same as Citranatal DHA but with more iron, calcium, and DHA
- Citranatal Assure® -- the same as Citranatal DHA but with more DHA and slightly more iron and vitamin B6
- Citranatal Harmony® -- contains fewer vitamins than Citranatal DHA but the same amount of folic acid, docusate, and DHA
- Citranatal B-Calm® -- generally fewer vitamins than the other Citranatal products, including no DHA, but with higher amounts of vitamin B6.
Citranatal products are also useful for women trying to conceive or for use after childbirth (particularly for women who choose to breastfeed). Because it is important to get enough folic acid prior to pregnancy and during very early pregnancy (including the early weeks before you even know you are pregnant), your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a prenatal vitamin while trying to get pregnant.
In fact, because so many pregnancies are unplanned, it is a good idea for any sexually active woman of reproductive age to take a prenatal vitamin (or at least a multivitamin with a minimum of 400 mcg of folic acid).