Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Prenatal Vitamins

Many pregnant women take prenatal vitamins, as recommended by most care providers. If you take prenatal vitamins, do you know what vitamins and minerals they contain, and at what levels?

This is a "quiz" I do with families during our first class:

How much of your daily requirements are supplied by your prenatal vitamin?

Write down your estimate by each of the following ingredients:

1. Vitamin A ______%

2. Vitamin C ______%

3. Folic Acid ______%

4. Iron ______%

5. Protein ______%

6. Calcium ______%

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acid ______%

Some people believe that by taking a vitamin (or vitamins), they're covering their nutritional "bases" without eating a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Does taking a prenatal vitamin make up for a poor diet?

I'll post a follow-up discussion and resources on prenatal vitamins tomorrow!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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Blogger Elynn said...

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March 24, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

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