Unsure about which prenatal supplements and vitamins to take? Relax! Here's a handy list of the benefits these recommended supplements have for your pregnancy and your baby:Helps your baby's brain and eye development DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): Take 300mg of this omega-3 fat daily. Lowers risk of neural tube birth defects Folic acid: Folic acid prevents abnormalities in your baby's brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida. Take 5mg or at least 400 to 800mcg a day. Increases your iron intake to form red blood cells and prevent anaemia Iron: Anaemia is a common issue in pregnancy. To manage this, the recommended dosage is 27mg of iron supplementation. Increases absorption of iron Vitamin C: Vitamin C aids iron absorption, so have a glass of orange juice or eat a bowl of cereal more often. Alternatively, you can take some vitamin C supplements. The daily recommended dosage is 100 to 200mg. Builds your baby's bones and teeth Calcium: Calcium helps with the baby's bone development while maintaining the mother's bone density in pregnancy. The daily recommended dosage is 1000mg.Explore More
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr TAN Shu Qi Senior O&G Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital Sources: The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore Copyright © 2016 HealthHub.sg. All rights reserved.