Discover How You Can Have A Safe, Full-Term Pregnancy And A Healthy Baby…while minimizing your risk of complications, miscarriage and developmental disorders.
Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth for moms and their developing baby and taking a quality prenatal supplement can help reduce the risk for pregnancy problems, birth defects and neurological disorders. As the baby’s brain is among the first organ to develop, having adequate levels of essential vitamins and minerals is the best prevention for brain and spinal defects. From knowing which prenatal vitamins are best for you to understanding the minimum requirements for essential nutrients and when a prescription prenatal is needed, Dr. Adams shares his clinical expertise to help prospective moms find the optimal prenatal supplement.
As the Director of the Autism Research Program at Arizona State University and the Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation, Dr. Adams has dedicated his life to finding the cause of Autism. Dr. Adams’ focus is primarily on prevention and highlights biomedical and environmental risk factors and nutritional deficiencies that contribute to developing Autism.
A woman’s nutritional needs significantly increase during pregnancy to support the growth and development of new organs like the placenta as well as the baby itself. “Even if a woman is on a healthy diet, most women still need to supplement with additional prenatal supplements,” advises Dr. Adams. A deficiency in a single nutrient can cause significant risks for birth defects and health problems and with such a high level of important vitamins and minerals needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy, it simply isn’t possible to eat all of the essential nutrients required.
While pregnancy and child health experts agree on the importance of prenatal supplements for preventing birth defects and improving the health of mother and child, prenatal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can vary significantly in quality. Insufficient calcium during pregnancy can cause osteoporosis in the mother or bone formation problems in the infant, low iron is related to miscarriage, and inadequate levels of choline and magnesium can cause brain and blood pressure disorders.
Not all prenatal supplements are created equally and synthetic vitamins like folic acid do not provide the same benefit as those naturally derived. “Folic acid never existed on the planet until chemists made it, it’s not a natural form like folate and that’s why some women don’t convert folic acid into the needed forms,” warns Dr. Adams. Preconception visits to help evaluate a woman’s personal metabolic capacity and a comprehensive blood panel should be done to assess the optimal prenatal vitamin needed. The best prenatal vitamins are tailored to the specific developmental periods of pregnancy, and often a single pill is not sufficient. Knowing what prenatal supplement to take is just as important as knowing when and how to take it as many vitamins and minerals are water soluble and can leave the body before being fully absorbed.
Learn even more about the optimal prenatal supplements needed in pregnancy and how to select a prenatal vitamin that is right for you.
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