Prenate Essential Uses
Pregnant women may consider taking Prenate Essential to help provide important nutritional support, both for themselves and for their baby. This prescription prenatal vitamin contains a number of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, all of which help to support a healthy pregnancy. Using Prenate Essential can help decrease the risk for preterm birth, improve brain function, and improve vision, among other benefits.
What Is Prenate Essential Used For?Prenate® Essential is a prescription prenatal vitamin. Like other prenatal vitamins, Prenate Essential is taken as a dietary supplement to meet the nutritional needs of women during pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are also useful in women who are breastfeeding or trying to conceive.
A pregnant woman needs more of several nutrients, such as folic acid, iron, and calcium, for her overall health and for the proper growth and development of her baby. However, it can be challenging for a pregnant woman to meet the increased daily nutritional requirements through a healthy diet alone, due to food aversions, morning sickness, and the increased nutritional needs. This is where prenatal vitamins come in; they can fill in nutritional gaps in a pregnant woman's diet.
There are many different prenatal vitamins available. Most prescription prenatal vitamins contain 1 mg (1000 mcg) of folic acid, while nonprescription prenatal vitamins typically contain less (usually 500 mcg to 800 mcg). However, the content of other vitamins and minerals in the various products can differ quite a bit. With your healthcare provider's guidance, you can choose a prenatal vitamin that is right for your nutritional needs.
Because it is important to get enough folic acid prior to pregnancy and during early pregnancy, including the early weeks before it is even possible to know if you are pregnant, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a prenatal vitamin while trying to get pregnant. In fact, because unplanned pregnancies are so common, 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.
Prenate Essential is slightly different than most other prenatal vitamins because it contains folic acid and Quatrefolic®. Folic acid must be converted in the body into folate to be active and provide health benefits. Quatrefolic is the active form of folate and does not need to be broken down by the body.
In addition, Prenate Essential contains the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Many newer prenatal vitamins contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may help with brain and vision development in the fetus.