Prenatal vitamins are specially made for pregnant women and, in comparison to the standard multivitamins, are formulated with more folic acid and iron and other vitamins and minerals needed to maintain the health of the mother and baby throughout the critical stages of pregnancy. Once a woman gets pregnant, the doctor will prescribe taking a prenatal vitamin to replace a regular multivitamin supplement. In addition, your doctor or healthcare provider may recommend higher doses of certain vitamins if you need it. For example, if you have a previous history of neural tube defect, your doctor or healthcare provider might recommend a separate folic acid supplement containing a higher dose of folic acid in addition to a daily prenatal vitamin.
It’s important to let your doctor know if you’re taking any supplements in addition to your daily prenatal as excessive concentrations of certain vitamins may be toxic and can cause harmful effects to the growing baby.