Q. Nutrition recommendations suggest that pregnant women need more of certain nutrients. Do I need supplements? What kind?

A. “The best thing to do is follow your doctor’s recommendations. You can usually take one prenatal vitamin (to meet your recommended intakes for folic acid and iron) and be done with it. If you aren’t able to get enough calcium from your food, you will need to take a separate calcium supplement. Also, if a pregnant woman is anemic or borderline anemic due to iron deficiency, she will need to take an additional, separate iron supplement.”


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