One of the most important things to remember when you’re pregnant is to take prenatal vitamins. For someone like me, who is not really used to taking any supplements or vitamins regularly, it might be a bit difficult at first to keep track and remember to take them everyday. Eventually, though, you’ll be able to incorporate it in your lifestyle. Think baby’s health and development always. 🙂 I’m thankful, too, for my husband, who had placed alarms in my Fitbit Force gadget to remind me to take my pills (originally, he placed the alarms so I’d remember to walk in the office and not sit all the time). Must read here how supportive and helpful he is!
Here are some of the vitamins my OB advised me to take.
1. Folic Acid ( at least 1000 mcg a day)
Taking folic acid, as I found out from my of-age women friends and other married friends, should be taken even when you’re not pregnant, and months before if you’re planning to have a baby. This will help prevent birth defects on your baby, which is really a very important pill to take.
I took folic acid when Dennis and I were trying to have a baby. I was a bit late in taking it since I just found out that I should be taking folic acid way, way before we start trying. So I think I took it just a month before trying, and continued it until my OB advised me to stop taking it.
I was confused with the dosage, though. Most of the articles I read suggest at least 400 mcg a day, and not more than 1000 mcg. However, my sister-in-law’s practitioner advised her to take at least 4000 mcg a day. I just settled with 1000 mcg a day since my OB didn’t prescribed me to take more.
2. Obimin Plus, Vitamin C and Iberet-Folic
When we found out that we were pregnant (check this post for that exciting moment of our lives), our OB added a few more vitamins, what you might call collectively as prenatal vitamins, for me to take with the folic acid. Here are a few info about them.
This pill has all the essential nutrients for you and your baby. It’s a multi-vitamin for pregnant women. Most likely, your practitioner will prescribe you to take this.
We all know that taking vitamin C helps with your immune system. I take this from time to time when I wasn’t pregnant yet, and decided to take it regularly when I got pregnant, and when we met with our OB, she also advised us to take it. This is also important because you don’t want to get your immune system comprised when you have a tiny fetus who has very low immune system inside you.
This is actually an iron supplement. I was given this because I don’t eat meat (beef and pork), which is a main source of iron. Iron is important in your developing fetus of course. It is also a multi-vitamin because it has other nutrients. However, the main “ingredient” it has is iron, so you still need the other prenatal vitamins to have the complete nutrients.
3. Calcium (Calciumade)
When I was nearing the end of my first trimester, my OB added calcium in may daily prenatal vitamins, and took out folic acid. So by this time, my 16th week, my prenatal vitamins include Obimin Plus, Vitamin C, Iberet and Calcium. At this stage, your baby is developing his/her limbs, spine, bones, so this supplement is really important. Aside from this, I also drink a glass of milk a day.
Taking these all at once is not advisable. For one, calcium and iron shouldn’t be taken at the same time. You should at least take them an hour apart because calcium prevents your body from absorbing iron. Also, taking them all at the same time will upset your stomach. At least that’s what happened to me before, when I took all those big pills together. So, as per my OB’s advice, I take Iberet and Vitamin C (which are good together) in the morning after breakfast (just make sure that if you drink milk, wait at least an hour before taking your iron supplement). After a few hours, usually in the afternoon, I take my Obimin Plus. Lastly, after dinner I take my calcium.