With so many pregnancy vitamins on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. So which vitamins do you actually need during pregnancy and which are less essential?
Early pregnancy can be a bewildering time. No sooner has that line on the test appeared than you begin to Google: what should I eat; what should I drink; which foods are banned; can I keep up my normal exercise routine; is it even safe to run a hot bath?
Pregnancy vitamins are yet another thing to think about. With such a wide array of pregnancy supplements on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. Which vitamins do you actually need and what is just marketing hype?
Perhaps you are already taking a multivitamin and don’t want to change it, or believe eating a healthy, varied diet ought to be enough.
“A healthy balanced and varied diet should provide most (non-pregnant) people with the essential vitamins and minerals their body needs,” says Dr Angela Rai, a GP at The London General Practice. “However, there are times when supplements may be required. Vitamins taken in pregnancy should be specific for pregnancy and from a reputable brand.”
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