Most women know (or at least find out at their first ob/gyn . after conception) about the importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. What some women do not know is how beneficial taking a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive really is to boost their efforts of prepping the body for a healthy pregnancy. While it is best to check with your physician before taking any type of supplement below is a brief list of important vitamins to look for on the nutritional facts label of any prenatal vitamins you are considering. The American Pregnancy Association encourages women to look at pregnancy as not a nine-month journey, but a year-long journey prepping the body at least 3 months prior to getting pregnant.
Vitamins vital to conception and pregnancy:
Folic Acid AND B12: greatly decreases the chances of a baby being born with neural tube defects by assisting with spinal development. Adding the additional B12 supplement further reduces the risk of NTD studies have shown (http://www.madeformums.com/mums-and-dads/new-research-recommends-combining-folic-acid-with-vitamin-b12-for-conception-and-pregnancy/24145.html).
DHA’s (Omega-3’s): extremely important at least 3-6 months before pregnancy to ensure depletion of the mother’s stored omega-3 fatty acids does not occur.
For a thorough list of Essential Vitamins and Nutrients (found on the American Pregnancy Association website):