(NEW YORK) — All pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin, but it’s particularly important for someone like Kate Middleton, who has struggled to keep food down.
“Prenatals help to cover any areas of a mommy-to-be’s diet where she may not be eating important nutrients that are needed for baby’s development,” said pharmacist Sarah G. Khan of dietsinreview.com.
Khan said a good prenatal pill should contain three big nutrients: folic acid, iron, and DHA/EPA. She also recommended that all pregnant women take an additional calcium and vitamin D supplement because the fetus steals calcium from the mom to construct its skeleton.
A new JAMA report also highlighted the importance of prenatal folic acid.
Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, researchers found that mothers who took folic acid four weeks before and eight weeks after pregnancy had a 40 percent reduced risk of giving birth to a child with autism. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that folic acid taken during pregnancy will result in fewer autism cases.
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