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Prenatal Vitamins Facts

The answer to this question seems to depend on whom you ask. Some say prenatal vitamins are essential; others blow them off completely. In the middle are those who believe prenatals should be taken by only some women (smokers, vegetarians, etc.). As an OB/GYN, we recommend prenatal vitamins for all women of childbearing age, before pregnancy and during.

Some experts cite studies where women who took prenatal vitamins gave birth to babies who were no healthier than those babies born to women who did not take prenatals. Others contend that the risk of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects, is higher among women who do not take prenatal vitamins.

Let’s talk about the importance of prenatal vitamins.

Folic Acid

Even skeptical experts agree on the importance of folic acid supplements. Because the evidence is so overwhelming regarding the effects of folic acid deficiency causing neural tube defects in the baby, and because folic acid is not necessarily ample in the average diet, this is one supplement that is highly recommended and can be found in your average prenatal vitamin.


Many pregnant women find that prenatal vitamins simply make them sick. The pills are enormous, and even non-pregnant individuals can get nauseated from taking so many vitamins at once. This is one major reason why some women simply give up taking vitamins during pregnancy. However, it is important to weigh the pros and cons or consider pills that are easier to swallow and don’t cause nausea.

You can also compromise by purchasing your prenatal vitamins instead of relying on prescription ones. Some prenatals come in food-based forms or capsules, which may be more bio-available.

Some commercially available prenatal vitamins involve anywhere from 3 to 6 tablets or capsules a day. While this may seem burdensome, some women find that being able to spread out the vitamins throughout the day is easier on the stomach. Also, when the supplements are in multi-pill form, you can adjust your vitamin intake accordingly.

So, the bottom line is,  take your prenatal vitamin to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…

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Dr. Drai

Dr. Drai

Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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