A good reminder on why pregnant and breast-feeding mothers need their vitamins

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You know you’re supposed to take your prenatal vitamin before and during pregnancy as well as when you are nursing, but you might not know exactly why and what your prenatal vitamin should have in it. Here’s a great info graphic from LabDoor, which helps consumers research supplements.

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In case you wondered where LabDoor got its information, here are the sources:

  1. Infographic designed by Jessie Orvidas (jessieorvidas.com)
  2. Co-author: Shoua Kue
  3. Effects of Prenatal Micronutrient and Early Food Supplementation on Maternal Hemoglobin, Birth Weight, and Infant Mortality among Children in Bangladesh: the MINIMat Randomized Trial – Journal of the American Medical Association
  4. Maternal Nutrition and Infant Mortality in the Context of Relationality – Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute
  5. The Role of Nutrition in Infant Mortality: a Public Health Perspective – Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
  6. Recommended Intakes – Institutes of Medicine
  7. Vitamins and Minerals During Pregnancy – March of Dimes
  8. Birth Defects – Child Health USA 2014
  9. Folate and Neural Tube Defects – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  10. Folic Acid, Data, and Statistics – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  11. Prevention of Neural-Tube Defects with Folic Acid in China. China-U.S. Collaborative Project for Neural Tube Defect Prevention – New England Journal of Medicine
  12. Association Between Maternal Use of Folic Acid Supplements and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children – The Journal of the American Medical Association
  13. Prenatal Vitamins: a Review of the Literature on Benefits and Risks of Various Nutrient Supplements – Anna K. Sfakianaki, MD, MPH, ModernMedicineNetwork
  14. New Recommendations Call for Iodine in All Prenatal Vitamins – Massachusetts General Hospital
  15. Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins – Medscape
  16. Vitamin D and Pregnancy – American Pregnancy Association
  17. Iodine Deficiency – American Thyroid Association

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