Max Izbicki DO Chicago Il Obstetrician and Gynecologist provides comprehensive care to women at all stages of their pregnancy from the first prenatal consultation through delivery and beyond. Good nutrition is especially important during pregnancy. The following vitamins and minerals are of particular importance.
– Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. Current guidelines suggest that women who are pregnant get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent birth defects and encourage proper brain and spine development. Folate-dense foods include beans, asparagus, and spinach.
– Calcium is a mineral that helps build bones and teeth. All women should get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, pregnant or not. Women who are pregnant should consume at least 1,300 milligrams. Calcium-fortified cereals and juices are good sources, as are dairy products, salmon, and spinach.
– Iron makes hemoglobin, a crucial component of red blood cells. Women who are pregnant need to double their iron intake to create the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to babies. This amounts to about 27 milligrams of iron daily. Fortified oats, meat, spinach, and beans are high in iron.
Pre-natal vitamins contain all of the vitamins and minerals listed above as well as others. If seeing Dr. Max Izbicki for prenatal care, he will advise you as whether additional supplementation is recommended.