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Best Vitamins to Take Before Pregnancy

What are the best vitamins to take before pregnancy?

Whichever supplements are supposed to improve performance in bed. Or libido, depending on

your needs.

I'm not concerned about that. I'm concerned about taking vitamins before pregnancy to

prevent problems, if possible.

Folate is so important to get early in the pregnancy that the government makes bread

makers put it in the mix.

Why is it so important?

The addition of folate on a massive scale is credited for reducing the rate of neural

tube defects by something like a third.

Then that's really important.

You probably want to up your iron intake since the growth of blood vessels can make women

in early pregnancy tired.

I don't want to take standard iron supplements. They make me nauseous, and there's no point

in guaranteeing I'll throw up when I need the nutrients most.

Doctors can give you prenatal vitamins when you are trying to get pregnant so that all

the nutrients are there, whether you've just conceived or want to make sure the egg has

the greatest chance to turn into a baby.

I was hoping for more specific advice than take an all purpose multivitamin.

You want to take extra calcium.

I'm not making milk yet.

No, but calcium is used to build the baby's bones, and you'll end up at extra risk for

osteoporosis if you aren't getting enough calcium while the baby is developing.

That's something to take when pregnant and nursing but not something to rush right now.

Depends on how little calcium your diet has had and how much has been leached out of your

system by soda consumption.

I'm a coffee addict myself.

You'll want to cut back on the caffeine and alcohol anyway when trying to get pregnant.

That's up there with try not to get sick as advice for a healthy pregnancy.

Getting enough antioxidants like vitamin C reduce your odds of getting sick, and it ensures

sufficient nutrition for the connective tissues.

I can get that from a glass of orange juice.

True, but make sure you get enough so you don't get sick.

It is also good at fighting tissue damage and environmental toxins.

Maybe, but antioxidants like vitamin C won't prevent any possible genetic problems.

But getting the right nutrients in the pipeline reduces the odds of the factors I can control.

Just stay away from deli meats, soft cheese and uncooked meat that pose a risk of illnesses

like salmonella and listeria.

A perfect diet plus those foods that leave you throwing up all the nutrients certainly

isn't good.

No, those diseases can cause miscarriage, which is another reason to avoid chasing super-foods

like raw oysters and losing the baby.

So no sushi or any fish that they say stay away from when pregnant, because mercury is

not one of the minerals a baby needs.

Lots of healthy green leafy vegetables, healthy protein sources and all the fruits you can

stand and vitamins if the doctor says to take it.

In short, eat now like I'd tell my child to eat later, and take my vitamins.