- In order to help provide support for both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, we recommend taking a prenatal when you’re thinking, trying, or when it’s time.
- A good rule of thumb to follow: Aim for 3 months before you’re planning to conceive.
We probably don’t need to remind you that your nutrient needs will change throughout your life—and that includes during pregnancy.
Prenatal vitamins are designed to help support women who are either pregnant or actively trying to get pregnant, by way of nutrients that can help support both the development of the baby and the health of mom throughout pregnancy.
For many pregnant women or women thinking about having a baby, the question isn’t whether to take prenatal vitamins—it’s when to start taking prenatal vitamins.
So when is the ideal time to introduce prenatal vitamins into your regimen? Our rule of thumb: You should consider taking prenatal vitamins when you're thinking, trying, and when it's time—or in general, aim for 3 months ahead of conception. But let's dive in a little deeper, shall we?
Understanding the nutritional needs of mother and baby
Women need a variety of nutrients in order to support pregnancy. And while it’s technically possible to fill those nutrient needs through a healthy diet, it can also be very difficult. Prenatal vitamins are designed to help fill in the nutritional gaps in a mother-to-be’s diet and to support the development of baby as well.
In order to determine when to start taking prenatal vitamins, it’s important to understand what some of those nutrients are and the role they play.