Prenatal multivitamins and the role they should play
Before prenatal multivitamins, begin with a balanced, healthy diet
Prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplements are an important part of pregnancy nutrition but should not replace a healthy diet. Discuss prenatal supplementation with your health care professional.
Even if you are eating well, the amount of many of the important nutrients you should eat daily increases during pregnancy and might be difficult to obtain from your diet alone. The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) guidelines recommend that you increase your intake of protein, iron, folic acid, vitamins A, B6, B12, and C, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, fiber, and more. If your daily diet is not able to meet this increased vitamin and mineral intake, prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplements will help you fill the gaps.