Growing a baby is hard work. Moms need all the help they can get to make sure that they stay healthy during pregnancy and for the proper growth of their baby. Prenatal vitamins are key to the health of both mom & baby. Help the Beau Foundation provide prenatal vitamins for moms who need them most in our community. Donate $50 or more now to enter our Vitamins for Moms Raffle. Raffle is open from June 1th – July 13th, with the drawing to be held on Friday, July 17th. The more you donate, the more chances you have at winning great prizes!
What are prenatal vitamins?
Prenatal vitamins are specifically formulated multivitamins that help make up for any nutritional deficiencies in a mom’s diet. Not only do they contain essential vitamins, they can also include folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium — all very important for a strong and healthy pregnancy.
Why are folic acid, iron and calcium so important?
Folic Acid. Pregnant women require more folic acid and iron than average women, even those of similar age, general health and activity level. Early on in fetal development, folic acid is required for neural tube formation, which later becomes the brain and spinal cord.
Iron. Extra iron is vital early in pregnancy for the extra blood volume created to support the baby’s growth and it . Iron helps both the mother and baby’s blood carry oxygen.
Calcium. Pregnant women also need more calcium than the average woman to support their baby’s skeletal system development. Women who do not get enough calcium during pregnancy are at risk for losing bone density, as the fetus must get calcium from somewhere and uses the mineral for bone growth.