Unexpected Beauty Benefits of Prenatal Vitamins
November 20, 2016
You often hear that pregnant women have a “glow” about them. While this isn’t a scientific term, several physical and lifestyle changes that are common among pregnant women may contribute to a newfound sparkle or enhanced beauty that’s perceived by others.
For starters, a woman’s blood volume increases by nearly 50% during pregnancy.1 This can give the skin a warm, flushed appearance. There are also hormones released in the body during pregnancy that cause increased oil production in the skin. These same hormones may also be responsible for thicker, faster-growing hair that many women report during pregnancy.
There may be other reasons a woman gains a healthy glow. Many women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant eliminate toxins from their lives, whether by cleaner eating or cutting out smoking and alcohol. By detoxifying and eating healthier, women are naturally supporting the function of their organs, including the skin. Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant also should take daily prenatal supplements. These contain vitamins and minerals that have unexpected beauty benefits.
Research has shown that biotin, also called vitamin B7, supports strong hair and roots. When taken in specified amounts, biotin can improve brittleness or occurrence of split ends.2
The same studies that have shown biotin supports strong hair also provide evidence that it supports strong nails. Biotin may play a role in reducing thin, splitting, or brittle fingernails and toenails.2
There are several vitamins that aid in skin health, including a number of antioxidants (vitamins C and E). They help fight free radicals and help protect our skin cells from damaging sun exposure.3 In addition, a number of B vitamins are essential for the development of cells throughout the body, including skin cells. A deficiency in B vitamins can lead to dry, itchy skin.4
Prenatal Vitamins with Unexpected Beauty Benefits
The Prenate® Vitamin family offers a line of prenatal vitamins to support the nutrition of expecting mothers and their babies. Prenatal vitamins should be used as a part of prenatal nutrition, not for the sole purpose of improving the condition of skin, hair, and nails. Many Prenate® products do contain the vitamins described above, including biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B vitamins. Click on the links below to learn more about these Prenate® products:
- Prenate Mini®
- Prenate Pixie®
- Prenate® Enhance
- Prenate® Restore
- Prenate Chewable®
- Prenate Elite®
- Prenate Essential®
Be sure to talk to your doctor to see which Prenate® is right for you!