According to ACOG, these are the recommended amounts of each vitamin for a healthy pregnancy. In my opinion, this is not a comprehensive list (minerals are so important too), but for the sake of the post I’m focusing on the following: A, D, B12, B6, Folate, C, Calcium, Choline, and Iodine.
The traditional prenatal contains synthetic vitamins in large quantities, and in my research I have found that many actually disrupt cellular health and metabolic processes in the body.
That led me to researching more about food and if I can meet the recommendations through a balanced diet. Turns out, ya can!
This is not me telling you to stop taking your prenatal, but to show that many of these necessary nutrients can be met with a nutrient dense diet and the ones that can’t (magnesium for example) can be supplemented with.
I personally will be avoiding prenatals for future pregnancies and honing in on diet instead.
The high levels of iron, calcium (in poor balance to other minerals), DHA, synthetic B vitamins and more are not something I’m a huge fan of.
Thankfully, God designed this world so perfectly that with a balanced diet our needs can be met!
*not medical advice*