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Prolog Prenatal Vitamins + DHA






Prolog Prenatal Vitamins + DHA is a daily plan of comprehensive, carefully-blended vitamins and mineral supplements designed to provide nutritional support to mother and baby prior to, during, and following pregnancy. Although a good diet may meet many of the demands of pregnancy, even an excellent, well-balanced diet may lack sufficient amounts of critical nutrients. Among these, additional folic acid, calcium, iodine, iron and trace minerals will fill in nutritional gaps. Similar to multiple vitamins, prenatal vitamins provide women of childbearing age with specific nutrients that are important to help ensure a healthy mother and baby. Prenatal vitamins maybe considered a low cost nutritional insurance policy that reaps great dividends.

This product is designed for all women of childbearing age. It is particularly recommended for those women attempting conception. It is especially important for those with special conditions. This includes women who: have dietary restrictions (vegetarians or vegans), are food intolerant (e.g., lactose intolerant, multiple food allergies), have had gastric bypass surgery, have chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, anemias, osteoporosis), smoke or abuse substances (e.g., marijuana, opioids), are having twins or higher order multiple gestation.

Partial Ingredient List:

· Folic Acid: to support healthy fetal cellular development

· Calcium: to strengthen fetal bones and to prevent maternal bone loss

· Vitamin D-3: to enhance absorption of calcium

· Iron: allows for the proliferation of red blood cells

· DHA: supports normal brain and neurological development

Scientific Basis:

Folic acid, necessary for normal DNA and cellular development, also helps prevent most cases of neural tube defects (NTDs). NTDs are a common group of disorders in which there is an opening in the spinal cord or brain. Specific types include: spina bifida which affects the lower spine; encephalocele, which affects the skull; anencephaly which results in little to no viable brain tissue; and the rare iniencephaly, which results in brain-spinal cord fusion and neck abnormalities.

The neural tube is a continuous column of cells that forms within the first three weeks of fetal development and openings that remain in the neural tube after 28 days result in NTDs. Due to the very early nature of these fetal defects and due to the fact that approximately 50% of all pregnancies are not planned, it is appropriate that all women of reproductive age take at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid on a daily basis, optimally one month prior to conception, and continuing at least throughout the first trimester of pregnancy.

Various studies have shown that taking doses up to 4,000 micrograms at least four weeks prior to and during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy may be beneficial for women with a history of having a baby with NTD. The correct dosage for the individual, however, should be discussed with one’s health care provider.

Folic acid may also reduce the risk of other defects, such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and certain heart defects. Further, supplemental folic acid may even lower the risk of preeclampsia.

Calcium is critical to fetal development, especially in the third trimester, for cartilage and bone development. The U.S. RDA suggests that pregnant and lactating women should be consuming increased amounts of calcium daily. This is due to the fact that if the maternal calcium level is insufficient then the baby’s calcium needs will be taken from her bones resulting in decreased bone mass and density. Importantly, Vitamin D3 is included in this blend to promote calcium absorption from the small intestine.

Iron is a key nutrient throughout pregnancy to support the increased red blood cell numbers and to provide the fetus and placenta with their markedly increased iron requirements. Insufficient iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia and the prevention of this anemia has been shown to decrease the risks for of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

DHA is an important omega-3 fatty acid which plays a key role in the development of the fetal brain and nervous system, including the retina.

Taking inappropriate amounts of vitamins may pose risks to the health of both mother and baby; therefore, be certain that your health care provider is aware of any supplements you are taking.

Some supplements may have side effects, may affect underlying medical conditions, or may interact with prescription medications. Therefore, Prolog Health vitamins and supplements are recommended for use under the direct supervision of your physician.

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