Are you pregnant or planning to be? You’ll need antenatal vitamins; the same goes if you’re breastfeeding.
Antenatal vitamins are specially formulated vitamins that include supplements like vitamin D and folic acid. Unfortunately, healthy eating is not enough to achieve the daily recommended requirements for antenatal vitamins in pregnant, pregnant-to-be or nursing women.
Folic acid is an essential nutrient that aids in proper development of the baby, particularly in the areas of the spinal cord and brain. Deficiency may result in birth defects like spina bifida.
For women planning to get pregnant, it is highly recommended that they take 400 mg of folic acid every day prior to conception. This should continue through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Women who have not started taking folic acid should do so as soon as possible before they get started on the pregnancy.
There are certain women whose babies are at a higher risk of spina bifida and similar birth defects. A higher dose of folic acid is advisable. Wondering who is at risk for neural tube defects?
Women under epilepsy medication will need to consult their doctor if they need a higher dose of folic acid. For those expecting twins, the same folic acid dose may be taken as those expecting a single child, unless otherwise advised by their doctor.
Vitamin D is also an essential nutrient prior to or during pregnancy or while nursing. It is crucial for the development of healthy bones and teeth. Deficiency can lead to complications like pregnancy diabetes, preeclampsia and low birth weight.
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During the current COVID-19 crisis our office is attempting, as much as possible, to stay open during our normal hours. As we are a gynecology-only practice we do not evaluate or treat any patients with respiratory issues. In addition, as we are a small office with one provider and two employees, there are rarely more than six people in the office at any one time. Also, standard hygienic precautions are in place.
If you do have a current GYN need or issue which you would like to be addressed, we feel that this office is among the safest possible environments in which to do so. However, if you choose to defer your visit until a later time we do understand and look forward to seeing you then.