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
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
normal brain and neurological development
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
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.