In addition to focusing on optimizing your dietary choices, a supplement can help you ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need on a daily basis. “It’s important to prepare your body’s nutrient stores as adequately as you can before you become pregnant. Despite our best efforts, we don’t always get all of the nutrients we need from our diets. To cover your bases, look for a complete multivitamin that provides folic acid (400 micrograms) and DHA (200 to 300 milligrams). Both are important before, during and after pregnancy. Start taking prenatal vitamins around three months before trying to get pregnant to make sure your body’s stores are ready to go at conception. For anyone who might be experiencing nausea or difficulty taking pills, I recommend Vitafusion gummy prenatal vitamins (with 50 milligrams of DHA),” says Rebecca Scritchfield, M.A., RD, Washington, D.C.-based dietitian and health fitness specialist. Nature Made and Nordic Naturals brands also carry a prenatal vitamin with DHA and are third-party certified. Susan B. Dopart, M.S., RD, CDE, author of “Healthy You, Healthy Baby,” also recommends taking vitamin D, depending on one’s blood level (the amount can range from 2,000 to 5,000 international units per day).
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