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 specifically designed to lend nutrient support during pregnancy—a no-brainer, right? But 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 multivitamins into your regimen? Our rule of thumb:
You should consider taking prenatal vitamins when you're thinking, trying, and when it's time. 3 months ahead of time is often a good benchmark to aim for. But let's dive in a little deeper, shall we?
Understanding nutritional needs during pregnancy
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 nutritional gaps in a mother-to-be’s diet—which supports 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.