Stages of Pregnancy

See how the science of Centrum supports you and your baby before, during, and after pregnancy.

Pre-Pregnancy

Women who take Folic Acid before and during pregnancy may help prevent neural tube defects (NTD).

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A prenatal multivitamin like Centrum Prenatal supports the body with Folic Acid, and supports fertility with Zinc.

Now is the time to get serious about eating lots of nutritious foods, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and kicking any bad habits.

During this stage, you should also start to take a prenatal multivitamin supplement daily that contains at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid. Women who take Folic Acid before and during pregnancy may help prevent neural tube defects (NTD). NTDs are a birth defect that occur very early in pregnancy and can lead to abnormalities of the skull, brain, and spinal cord (such as spina bifida). These conditions can occur as early as the first three to four weeks of a baby’s development—a time when many women don’t even realize they are pregnant.

A prenatal multivitamin like Centrum Prenatal supports the body with Folic Acid, and supports fertility with Zinc. In women, Zinc supports hormonal regulation and metabolic signals that influence the reproductive system, which contributes to normal fertility.

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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Ensuring optimal nutrition during and after pregnancy is one of the best gifts you can give your baby—and yourself.

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Omega-3 fatty acids are important not just for the maintenance of good health, but they also help support cognitive health and brain function.

Early Pregnancy

One thing you may notice is that you’re a lot more tired. That’s because your body is exerting a lot of energy to support the baby, which in turn causes your body to feel tired or fatigued.

To keep your energy up, you need a steady supply of nutritious fuel. Eating well and staying hydrated, combined with taking a daily multivitamin with at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid, 16-20 mg of Iron, and B vitamins can give you the nutrients you need to feel good and to help support energy needs during pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Your baby will take the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to develop from your body, which could leave you at risk of developing nutritional gaps.

While eating a balanced diet is important, it alone may not give you high enough levels of some of the nutrients needed to support your pregnancy. Two nutrients you will need to supplement are at least 0.4 milligrams (mg) of Folic Acid and 16-20 mg Iron, which you can find in your daily prenatal multivitamin.

Omega-3 fatty acids are more important to include in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, are important not just for the maintenance of good health, but they also help support cognitive health and brain function.

Breastfeeding

Eating right and continuing to take a prenatal multivitamin helps support your hard working body, especially after giving birth and while you are breastfeeding. It is natural for you to focus all your attention on your newborn, but it is more important than ever to also look after yourself.

If you are planning on breastfeeding, you need to consume even more nutrients to conserve your energy stores, and drink enough fluid to avoid becoming dehydrated. Experts recommend that women who are breastfeeding take a daily prenatal multivitamin containing at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid.

Omega-3 DHA is another important nutrient you will be providing your baby through your breast milk, building stores of DHA in their central nervous system (about 50-70 mg daily). While you are nursing, you should aim for an average of 200 mg of DHA daily.

Support for Mom

As your baby grows into a toddler and beyond, it is important to keep your energy up so you can be there for every tumble, victory, and milestone.

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Centrum Women, a complete multivitamin, is formulated to support your immune function, metabolism, and bone health.

A balanced diet will help you look and feel your best—but now that you’re a busy mom, you might not always have the time to make sure you’re always getting the vitamins and minerals you need. That’s why Centrum Women, a complete multivitamin, is formulated to support your immune function, metabolism, and bone health.

Plus, Health Canada recommends all women of childbearing age take 0.4mg of Folic Acid. Centrum Women includes the recommended amount of Folic Acid, plus other nutrients to help you be as healthy as possible.

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