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14Waiting To Start Prenatal Vitamins

The day that you buy your pregnancy test should also be the day that you buy prenatal vitamins. Yes, that means even if you are just starting to try and haven't yet missed your period. Doctors believe that women who are trying to get pregnant should go ahead and

get started on the nutritional supplements to give the baby the best start in life.

Prenatal vitamins are especially important in the first trimester, while the baby's organs and tissues are forming. In fact, taking folic acid in the first trimester is directly linked to a decrease in the possibility of a neural tube defect such as spina bifida by up to 70 percent. The neural tube is formed during the fifth and sixth week of pregnancy, which is not long after a woman first misses her period, so it is important that she starts the supplement right away.

Many first time moms think they need to wait for a doctor's appointment to get a prescription for a prenatal vitamin, but there are many over-the-counter options to choose from.

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