Why Take Prenatal Vitamins?

 

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Real Alternatives administers services through Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services programs in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. A recognized nonprofit organization accredited with the Seal of Excellence, Real Alternatives has provided help to more than 300,000 women over the past two decades.

Prenatal vitamins are an important part of care when a woman finds out she is pregnant. Vitamins are crucial because they provide two nutrients important to a baby’s development but often lacking in diet alone – folic acid and iron.

Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps in the development of the baby’s neural system. By getting the proper amount of folic acid, the mother lowers the child’s risk of serious defects of the neural tubes as well as conditions such as spina bifida and cleft lip/palate.

Iron plays a significant role in the production of red blood cells. Mothers who don’t get enough iron in their diet run the risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia, which can lead to premature birth, low birth weight in the child, or in some cases, even death.

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