But, there are some things about prenatal vitamins that most people don't know or understand. They don't have to in order to have a healthy pregnancy, but it can be eye-opening in knowing how to take care of your body for your baby's health!
First thing with prenatal vitamins is that the "optimal" level of folic acid accumulation in the mother's body can take up to a YEAR. This means it can take you one year pre-conception, to have appropriate levels of folic acid in your body. Folic acid is water soluble (like many other vitamins people take). This means that there is a finite amount your body can absorb at once. Taking 10 pills versus 2 will do you no good in speeding up this process!
Another important fact about prenatal vitamins is that if you are eating a lot of foods high in antioxidants you are making it harder to build up your folic acid reserve! When you eat (or drink) antioxidants the folic acid bonds to them and are sent on an express ride right out of your body.
This is a difficult concept for me to grasp because I enjoy eating many foods that are known for their antioxidant qualities. These foods include teas and lots of different berries, among other foods.
If the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins for the purposes of having a baby are not enough for you to consider taking them before conception there is a list of other reasons why prenatal vitamins are good for women in their child bearing years.
The prenatal multivitamin provides other important vitamins and minerals. The extra amounts of vitamins meant for baby growth and development will help your hair, skin, and nails. My hair and nails were so much healthier and grew faster once I started taking prenatal vitamins almost daily. Just don't go overboard with letting your nails grow like this lady...
Not much of a pill taker?! Me either. So here is the good news, if you are not TTC (trying to conceive), it won't be the end of the world if you don't take one every day. Even every other day will help give you a boost as well as try to help train you to remember to take them for when the day comes that you are expecting or planning to!