Eating a healthy, varied diet will help you get most of the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy. But you may need to take some supplements as well.
It is recommended that you take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. You take this while you are trying for a baby and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The recommended dose increases to 5mg each day if you have a body mass index of 30 or above.
10 micrograms of vitamin D is also recommended each day throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, if you are breastfeeding. This is particularly important if you have darker skin or spend limited time uncovered, outdoors.
If you choose to take multivitamins, then make sure they are specifically for pregnancy, as they will include everything you need for yourself and your baby. Standard multivitamins may contain a level of Vitamin A which is not safe in pregnancy.
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