Unsure about which prenatal supplements and vitamins to take? Relax! Here's a handy list of the benefits these recommended supplements have for your pregnancy and your baby:
Helps your baby's brain and eye development
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): Take 300mg of this omega-3 fat daily.
Lowers risk of neural tube birth defects
Folic acid: Folic acid prevents abnormalities in your baby's brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida. Take 5mg or at least 400 to 800mcg a day.
Increases your iron intake to form red blood cells and prevent anaemia
Iron: Anaemia is a common issue in pregnancy. To manage this, the recommended dosage is 27mg of iron supplementation.
Increases absorption of iron
Vitamin C: Vitamin C aids iron absorption, so have a glass of orange juice or eat a bowl of cereal more often. Alternatively, you can take some vitamin C supplements. The daily recommended dosage is 100 to 200mg.
Builds your baby's bones and teeth
Calcium: Calcium helps with the baby's bone development while maintaining the mother's bone density in pregnancy. The daily recommended dosage is 1000mg.
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr TAN Shu Qi Senior O&G Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
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