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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Prenatal Vitamins

Nature Made Prenatal Multiple Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Pregnant or Lactating Women, 90-Count Tablets (Pack of 3) 
The vast majority of doctors, midwifes, herbalists and moms recommend a prenatal supplement of some sort before you try to conceive a child, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

WebMD talks about why in this article, but the main thing I have heard is that they belive that getting enough folic acid in your diet helps prevent a condition called spina bifida in your unborn child.

Prenatal vitamins are relatively inexpensive when purchased off the shelf (usually less than $10 for 200+ tablets). Please be advised that not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. You may want to bring the bottle you are taking to your prenatal care personel or ask their advice on which brands are best.

Prenatal vitamins are also available by perscription. If you have a good perscription health insurance plan, this may be a good option for you. In addition, some retailers (such and Meijer and Walmart) offer free prenatal vitamins.

More natural "herbal" options are also available from what I can tell on the internet, but I do not personally know much about them.

What do I do?
I am currently using free perscription vitamins from Meijer. However, they will only give you a 30 day supply at a time and they can only be filled every 25 days. This can be a real hassel when I go shopping to day 24 and need to make a special trip back to get them filled.

Next weeks post: Infertility Testing and Treatment.
Does anyone out there have an infertility story they would like to share? If so, get it read for next weeks comments section.

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