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I’m one of those weird, rare few who has chosen not to have children. While you would think taking a prenatal vitamin would be the furthest thing from my mind, you might actually be surprised to learn that I do in fact take one daily, and actually have for quite some time!
It all started years ago when I first when on birth control, my ob/gyn told me to start taking a prenatal vitamin. “What?! I’m only 19! I know they like to start young here in Utah, but that is soooo not in my plans right now! I’m young! I’m going to college, I want to start a career first, and marry…” and a million other things ran through my head in that moment. My doc quietly chuckled and went on to tell me how much better a prenatal actually is for me than a regular daily vitamin.
If you do a quick google search, you’ll see that prenatal’s contain more of what you need, (including folic acid, calcium, and iron) especially if you ARE trying to get pregnant, (and it’s recommended you start taking prenatal vitamins up to 3 months before even trying to conceive). While I wasn’t vegetarian at the time (but currently am now), these are actually some good-for-me vitamins, I could really use some extra dosages of, as they are commonly found in dairy and meat.
Obviously, it’s always good to talk to your doctor before starting a prenatal vitamin or thinking about getting pregnant, so you don’t overdo it (as too much of a good thing can still do more harm than good) but a prenatal can be a great way to get an extra dose of what you need if you happen to be running low on some of these key vitamins already…