The Lowdown on Prenatal Vitamins
Low levels of zinc have been shown to be related to increased birth defects, low birth weight, miscarriage and even behavior problems down the road.
Aim for this amount: 10 mg twice a day.
Other nutrients moms-to-be need
- B1 (also called thiamin)—25 mg
- B2 (also called riboflavin)—25 mg
- B3 (also called niacin)—At least 30 mg
- B5 (also called pantothenic acid)—At least 30 mg
- B12—400 mcg twice a day
- Biotin —300 mcg
- C—400 mg twice a day (remember, it's water soluble, so you need two doses over the day)
- D—600 IU twice a day
- E—200 IU twice a day (or, preferably, 400 IU of mixed tocopherols)
- Magnesium—200 mg three times a day; twice a day prior to pregnancy
- Selenium—100 mcg twice a day
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