The Importance of Taking A Prenatal Vitamin Before Pregnancy
You’re young, healthy, and despite the odd late-night takeout, you eat pretty well. There’s no need to take those prenatal thingies to make your body a haven for your future, potential progeny, right? Right?
It might surprise you to know that every egg in a woman’s body has been developed over a period of 90 days, and the quality of every egg varies due to a number of factors such as the health of the woman and the nutrients derived from her diet and nutrient intake at the time of female egg production. Those with poor diets and nutrient intake risk poor-quality eggs, which can affect fertility. Of the approximate 1 million eggs present at a female’s birth, only 300-400 of these are deemed suitable for baby-making potential. This number is further reduced by a diet that lacks folic acid (folate), vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids, according to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The CDC recommends that women hoping to become pregnant follow a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and supplement it with folic acid (folate) for a minimum of one month prior to conception.
While fertility depends on more than just the viability of an egg, some physical conditions can prevent women from carrying a viable pregnancy through to completion and can require medical treatment to aid their childrearing dreams. For others, though, the benefits of using a prenatal before pregnancy are great.
Ova Moon Prenatal Benefits During Pregnancy
You’re pregnant! Hoorah! Ova Moon multivitamins have a lot of benefits during pregnancy, too. For instance, the iron content will help you during those early-trimester tired days and help your child develop in your womb. Moreno-Fernandez, J, Ochoa, JJ et al (2019) state that iron “plays a critical role in the growth and development of the central nervous system”, giving your child a great start in life.
At Ova Moon, our preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum vitamins contain 24 different vitamins and minerals and are packed with ingredients that have been scientifically proven to reduce birth defects. One of these ingredients is folic acid (folate), which was found to reduce the risk of spina bifida and similar neural tube defects in births. This belief was further backed up by a Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada article by Douglas Wilson, M.D. in 2015, which stated, “the benefit of folic acid oral supplementation or dietary folate intake combined with a multivitamin/micronutrient supplement is an associated decrease in neural tube defects and perhaps in other specific birth defects and obstetrical complications.”
In addition to iron and folic acid, we’ve included Vitamin D3, which the National Health Service (UK) recommends as a daily supplement prior to and during pregnancy, and 50mg of choline to help a woman meet her recommended quota of 450 mg/d during pregnancy. While studies are still in their infancy, choline is thought to have positive effects on a child’s neurological development, providing lifelong benefits regarding attention and healthy brain development, according to Cornell.edu (2022). Combined with calcium for bone and teeth health, and antioxidant selenium, it has everything needed to support your body during those vital egg-creating days and during pregnancy to prepare for your upcoming arrival.