Information on Prenatal Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins provide important nutrients for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. For example, prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, which can help prevent spina bifida and other birth defects. Many now also contain important omega-3 fatty acids that help with brain and eye development.
These vitamins are safe and inexpensive, so most healthcare providers recommend them for all pregnant women. Even so, information about your prenatal vitamin should be carefully reviewed before you start taking it to help ensure your safety. For example, while most women tolerate them well, these products can cause side effects. Some of the commonly reported reactions include nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
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