Vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper growth and development of the fetus. These nutrients occur naturally in many foods, but sometimes supplements are needed to reach the recommended quantities.
Iron, calcium and folic acid are particularly important during pregnancy. Folic acid is involved in the creation of red blood cells, proteins and DNA. It also plays a role in the prevention of birth defects, especially during the laying of the neural tube in early pregnancy.
Iron is needed to prevent the development of anemia. During pregnancy, the amount of circulating blood increases sharply, due to the rapid formation of blood plasma. In this case, red blood cells form much more slowly.
Vitamin D affects the blood pressure, mood and brain function of the mother, as well as their immunity. Therefore, the easiest option is to take a multivitamin containing several vitamins and minerals necessary during pregnancy.
The misuse of multivitamins (particularly in combination with certain medications) can lead to complications. Therefore, consult your doctor about choosing the right multivitamin for you.