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Terry Herring: The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins

March 18, 2013

Prenatal_vitamin Currently serving with the nationally-recognized healthcare medication and treatment company Mission Pharmacal, Terry Herring is an accomplished pharmaceutical professional with nearly 25 years of experience. With an extensive background in pharmaceuticals related to women’s health, Terry Herring outlines the importance of woman’s prenatal vitamins.

For most women, maintaining a healthy diet is a must, but during pregnancy, attaining the correct set of nutrients becomes much more important. As recent studies have shown, different vitamins and nutrients are important in certain stages on development. During pregnancy, three types of vitamins become essential: folic acid, iron, and calcium. Because consuming the right foods each day can become a chore, prenatal vitamins have become an indispensable commodity.

Although prenatal vitamins may contain several supplemental nutrients, folic acid, iron, and calcium are among the most important. Folic acid is a naturally occurring nutrient found in green vegetables, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits. It is important for women in the first month after conception to consume approximately 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, to help prevent a range of neural tube birth defects. Iron is another essential vitamin because it is one of the main contributors to a baby’s growth and development. Additionally, a healthy diet containing iron can help prevent lifelong anemia, a blood condition in which the body lacks an adequate supply of healthy red blood cells. Another main contributor to a child’s natural growth is calcium. Particularly important during the third trimester, calcium directly contributes to the child’s rapidly growing and strengthening bones. If an appropriate amount of calcium is not implemented into the diet, both the baby and the mother can suffer from weak bones, as the mother’s bone density would be used to support the child’s growth.

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