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Does S7 Prenatal contain any artificial sweeteners, colors, or preservatives?
We’re proud to say no! Here at Impact Nutritionals, we strive to make the purest products. S7 is flavored with natural fruit powders, which also provide for the natural coloring. As many artificial sweeteners tend not to taste as good as the real thing, and studies are still conflicting as to the safety, we use our proprietary blend of natural sweeteners from fruit, rice, and cane.
Will taking an iron supplement make me constipated?
That answer depends a lot on your lifestyle. Certain forms of iron may cause constipation in some people, however, most people do just fine on a supplement containing iron. Besides iron being a possible culprit, consider these factors as well:
- Fiber is nature’s “pipe” cleaner. If you’re not eating at least 25 grams per day, your “pipes” may get clogged. Eat more wheat bran found in whole grains cereals and bread, and beans/legumes like black, chickpeas, and lentils. Fruits, especially prunes, and vegetables help, too.
- Medications, like Zofran, may be prescribed to patients suffering from severe nausea. A wonder drug it may be, but some users report constipation as a side effect.
- Have you cut the caffeine since you found you were expecting? Good for you. Do know that coffee is known to stimulate bowel movements more than decaf coffee and water, so it may take your body a little time to adjust to this change. Instead of coffee, drink a cup of hot water or juice of half a lemon diluted with a little water to get things moving first thing in the morning.
- Move it or don’t lose it. Exercise seems to help get things moving, so if you’re not moving much these days, your bowels may not be either. At least get out for a daily walk, as long as it’s okay with your doctor.
Remember that iron is very important for you and your baby’s blood health, so try to identify other possible constipation culprits before you decide to quit your pregnant vitamins. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. So, my friend told me I should start taking a prenatal vitamin before trying to conceive. Is this true?
My friend told me that folic acid is one of the most important vitamins I need during pregnancy? Is she right?
Your friend is giving you good advice. According to the March of Dimes, it is especially important for women who can become pregnant to get enough folate or folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord when taken before and very early in pregnancy. And, since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, many women don’t even know they’re pregnant until it is too late. S7 Prenatal contains 200% of the daily value for folic acid. In addition to folic acid, deficiencies of other nutrients may interfere with conceiving and the health of a young fetus. It is best to get your nutrients from a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy oils. If you don’t think you have a healthy diet, a good quality prenatal vitamin is like a partial insurance plan to help you get those essential nutrients.
I think I eat pretty healthy. Do I still need to take a prenatal vitamin if I’m pregnant?
The answer depends on how balanced your diet is to begin with. A woman of average weight and height, approximately 163 pounds and 5 feet 4 inches tall, should gain 25-35 pounds during her pregnancy.
During pregnancy, an average woman should consume the following foods daily:
- 8 ounces of grains, with at least half of these grains coming from whole grains
- 3 cups of vegetables
- 2 cups of fruit, with the majority coming from whole fruit, not juice
- 3 servings of dairy: milk or yogurt (1 cup per serving) or cheese (1 ½ ounces per serving)
- 6.5 ounces of protein, including 8 ounces of low mercury fatty fish per week
Even if you eat a well balanced diet, most doctors recommend a prenatal vitamin to ensure you get enough folic acid and iron. Folic acid helps protect your growing baby from a number of birth defects and although grains are now fortified with folic acid, a prenatal vitamin helps ensure you get an adequate amount. A woman also needs increased amounts of iron during pregnancy to protect her from anemia and to help the baby grow properly, especially during the second and third trimesters. A blood test ordered by your doctor will confirm if you are getting enough iron through your diet. Talk to your doctor about which prenatal vitamin may be right for you.
Can I take a prenatal vitamin even if I’m not pregnant or trying to conceive?
The amounts of vitamins and minerals in a prenatal vitamin are appropriate for most women.
It’s important to note that the level of iron in a prenatal vitamin may be too high for some women. While most women need 18 milligrams of iron per day, the recommended amount for pregnant women is 27 milligrams which is around the amount found in most prenatal vitamins. Consuming too much supplemental iron may cause heart and liver damage in some people who already have adequate iron stores. Talk to your doctor before taking a prenatal vitamin to find out how much iron is right for you.
Women who consume a balanced diet usually do not need a nutritional supplement if they are not pregnant or trying to conceive. A balanced diet includes 6 ounces of grains, with at least half of those coming from whole grains, 2 ½ cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 3 cups of milk or other dairy products, and 5 ½ ounces of protein per day. If you are eating a diet like this, with a good variety, it is likely that you already get most of the vitamins and minerals you need from your food. A vitamin is meant to supplement the nutrients you get from food, not replace them. Consult with your physician before taking any nutritional supplement.