Essential Prenatal Nutrients
Once you have determined the vitamin to be a quality product, check the supplement facts to be sure you get the nutrition you need. Ask your care provider if they recommend your supplement should contain certain amounts of nutrients, like iron and folic acid, during your pregnancy.
All prenatal vitamins should include the following nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamin (Vitamin B-1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc. Different brands will deliver varying percentages of your daily value, so shop around and compare. Check the label for other ingredients that you may want or wish to avoid, such as stool softeners and herbs.
In addition to your prenatal multivitamin, you may want to take a separate Omega-3 and/or DHA supplement during pregnancy.