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Prenatal Vitamins and Supplements | Oakdale ObGyn

you

congratulations whether you just found

out that you're pregnant or you're

actively planning for a pregnancy I'm

sure that you have several questions

about which prenatal supplement would

best fit your needs so today we're going

to discuss some of the key nutrients

that you want to look for in your

prenatal supplement choices first off

the key recommendation is folic acid in

order to help ensure the safety of your

baby's development you want to look for

at least 400 micrograms of folic acid in

your supplement all of the big brands

should offer the 400 micrograms and

you'll also receive some folic acid in

natural fortification of the foods that

you're consuming on a daily basis

the second key nutrient that you want to

look for is iodine the American Academy

of Pediatrics recently recommended that

all pregnant women supplement with 150

micrograms of iodine a day not all of

the supplements have the updated

recommendation so you do want to take a

moment just to review your supplement

choice

to ensure that you have 150 micrograms

of the supplemental nutrient you'll also

receive iodine from some food sources

including dairy and iodine salt

the third nutrient of consideration is

iron you can work with your OB provider

to determine whether or not you need to

actively supplement with iron in your

first trimester some women that are

struggling with morning sickness may

want to hold off as long as they're not

anemic so as your pregnancy progresses

work with your OB provider to ensure

that your iron status is adequate to

prevent anemia so these supplements will

differ in their iron content some of my

moms that are struggling with that

nausea and vomiting in their first

trimester may opt for a gummy and this

will not contain any iron so we want to

just make sure that you're consuming

iron from your food sources and that

your blood levels are adequate if you

find in your pregnancy that you require

a supplemental iron the recommendation

is 27 milligrams a day you will find

varying contents in the various

supplements out on the market and so

just take a moment to ensure that you're

getting at least 27 milligrams of iron

from your prenatal supplement

help prevent anemia later in your

pregnancy another really important

nutrient during your pregnancy is

calcium most women do not realize that

their prenatal supplement will not

supply the adequate 1,000 milligrams of

calcium a day so it's very important to

work in dietary sources of calcium most

prenatal supplements will contain up to

200 milligrams of calcium in one single

supplement and the reason why that is is

because calcium is such a large mineral

they just can't add that to all the

other minerals and have the size of a

prenatal supplement that you can

tolerate so I encourage you to get

grounded and take a moment these two

examples do not contain any calcium so

you'll just want to make sure that

you're consuming at least three servings

of dairy foods a day and span those out

throughout the day because you're going

to absorb calcium the best in about 5 to

600 milligrams at a time if your

prenatal does have some calcium then you

can at least add in 200 milligrams from

that source and then just try to strive

for at least two servings of dairy foods

a day as well as some of the dark leafy

greens that can also provide

supplemental calcium in to ensure all of

your needs are met the last nutrient

that you want to consider during

pregnancy is omega-3 DHA fats currently

we're recommending that all pregnant

women consider eating two servings of

fish each week some of my pregnant moms

are a little bit cautious because

they've heard about concerns of the

mercury and the fish that they're

consuming so really handy resource that

I like to use is the Monterey Bay

Aquarium safe seafood watch you can

research which fish are going to be the

lowest in mercury and a safest for you

and your baby now if we'd rather

supplement with DHA omega-3 fats rather

than eating the fish regularly then you

can consider looking for either a

supplement that already contains DHA it

most will contain about 200 milligrams

of the DHA omega-3 fats now if you find

that you've been opting for something

like a gummy because of your nausea in

the mornings you'll notice that there

isn't any DHA in this type of supplement

otherwise some of the more Whole Foods

versions which are wonderful resources

for my pregnant moms may not contain the

DHA is

so what you can consider is just adding

in a handy useful prenatal DHA

supplement in and of itself

I love the Nordic Naturals brand it's

got great research and very clean source

of the DHA omega-3 fats so as you

explore your supplement options I

encourage you to reach out to your OB

team to really think through which

supplement is going to best meet all of

your needs and to promote the health of

your developing baby