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Prenatal Vitamins for Each Stage of Pregnancy: Preconception – 3 Months Prior to Conception

September 1, 2017

Congratulations on your decision to have a baby! You may be thinking about pregnancy for the first time or expanding your existing family. No matter your circumstances, there are a few things that all women should do when trying to conceive.

Three months before conception is an ideal time to start focusing on exercise, diet and nutrition. If you don’t already exercise regularly, start incorporating 30 to 45 minutes of cardio each day, three to four days a week. Talk to your health care provider about the frequency and intensity of exercise that is right for you. Exercise is important because a healthy body weight pre-pregnancy can improve positive pregnancy outcomes for both moms and babies.

The three months before conception is also the time to cut back on and eventually eliminate alcohol and tobacco use. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of whole grains, veggies, fruit and lean protein also can also help prepare your body for pregnancy. During preconception, focus on obtaining essential nutrients that will be critical for successful pregnancy outcomes and support your baby’s development.

Key Nutrients During Preconception:

  • Folic Acid – Folic acid plays a critical role very early in pregnancy. The development and closure of a baby’s neural tube (which eventually becomes the spine) occurs between day 14 and day 28 of pregnancy. Folic acid levels affect neural tube closure. Because this development occurs so early in pregnancy, a mom-to-be needs to make sure she is consuming an adequate amount of folic acid before conception.
  • Iron – During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases 50 percent and her need for hemoglobin also grows. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen through the blood, and iron plays a critical role in its manufacture. Iron also helps us maintain healthy immune systems and prevents anemia. Having ample reserve will help when your body and baby need greater amounts of iron.
  • Vitamin C – In addition to acting as an antioxidant to protect and repair cells from damage, vitamin C can help your body absorb the iron it needs to prepare for pregnancy.
  • Calcium – It’s important to start building calcium reserves before becoming pregnant, as it takes longer to build up levels of this mineral in the body. If you become pregnant, your baby will draw calcium from your bones if your diet does not include enough of this nutrient to meet your baby’s needs.

Prenatal Vitamins for Preconception

While a balanced diet is a preferred way of meeting nutritional needs, some women may have trouble achieving their daily recommended intakes for certain vitamins and minerals from diet alone. The Prenate® Vitamin Family offers a line of prenatal vitamins that are designed to carry moms and babies through preconception to pregnancy and into the weeks and months after delivery. These vitamins are specifically formulated to fit the needs of preconception:

  • Prenate Pixie® is our smallest softgel prenatal vitamin. It can be taken before conception and is mighty enough to support moms and babies through pregnancy.
  • Prenate Mini® is a small but robust softgel prenatal supplement with 14 nutrient forms.

Talking to your Health Care Provider About Prenatal Vitamins

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Institutes of Health both recommend that women of child-bearing age take a daily vitamin that contains folic acid. This essential nutrient and others should be included in the diets of all women who planning for pregnancy. The Prenate® Vitamin Family helps support expecting moms with robust doses of key nutrients. Talk to your doctor to see if a Prenate® prenatal vitamin may be right for you to help fill nutritional gaps.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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