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The importance of Prenatal Supplements

The TTC journey is very important and involves an effort to realise fruition. As we stay committed to aiding this process, here is a quick read on what prenatal supplements are and the benefits it brings to your conception journey.

What are Prenatal Supplements?

Prenatal supplements are designed to give you the extra boost and replenish your lost nutrients due to your TTC journey. The most common supplements and vitamins that doctors and gynaecologists usually recommend are:

1. Folic Acid

Folic Acid supplements are needed to prevent serious abnormalities of the baby. It also helps form the baby’s brain. It is advised that women who are TTC take this before and during conception.

2. Iron Supplements

Iron Supplements help with your developing baby’s blood formation as well as yours. Your daily need for iron almost doubles when you are pregnant. You can become anaemic if you are really just on an ordinary dietary routine. Nevertheless, it is advised that it be taken after consulting a doctor to ensure correct dosage intake.

3. Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal Vitamins, which include calcium and different vitamins, are ideally taken before conception, as soon as you start trying. It is encouraged for women of reproductive age to take these multivitamins, as they aid in supplying you with a rich source of protection as well as supporting the fetus to prevent certain defects in formation.

Why take Prenatal Supplements?

It is common for most women to detect they are pregnant after the fetus has been existent in them for almost a month. In order to be prepared with all the supplements that the fetus needs to grow and develop you need to take these as soon as you get on the TTC journey (meaning: the moment you start having sex with the intention of getting pregnant). Do not be alarmed if you are unable to take prenatal supplements before conception, though; visit your healthcare provider for a prescription and start immediately after you found out you are pregnant.

It additionally prevents you from becoming anaemic when on these supplements. You and your expecting baby need these vitamins to grow healthily.

Not to replace but to supplement

A balanced diet is the most effective approach to getting the vitamins and minerals you need. However, during pregnancy, your body requires more nutrients than any other time. During conception, you may be deficient in some nutrients because you're sharing everything you consume with another being - hence the common phrase: "you'll be eating for two". As such, if you're pregnant or trying to conceive, prenatal supplements may help make up for any nutritional deficiencies that you may have.

We admire your TTC journey and are here to support you through the process. Stay tuned for new exciting features that we will soon be releasing to support your conception journey even further!

Stay informed, Stay in control! And don't forget to take your supplements!

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