Is it necessary to eat prenatal vitamins before pregnancy?
Guest - posted on 12/03/2014
Yes. It is almost impossible to eat enough food to give you all of the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy, especially folic acid.
If you are determined not to take the vitamin for some reason, you need to eat at LEAST 3 servings per day of dark green leafy veggies like spinach, kale, collards (does NOT include lettuces like iceberg, Roman, spring leaf, and such--it must be DARK green) and at least 2 or more servings of fresh Citrus fruits.
And of course continue to eat other fruits, veggies, starches, and proteins in addition to those so that you get the other nutrients you need as well.
You really should take the vitamin though.
Sarah - posted on 12/03/2014
Yes! Prenatals have a higher dose of folic acid. You cannot get this high of a dosage through food. Folic acid is VERY important before you get pregnant as it prevents spina bifida. Your body needs that higher level prior to getting pregnant to do it's job after you get pregnant.
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