Prenatal vitamins: Growing healthy babies

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Prenatal vitamins: Growing healthy babies

Shaun Holt

Shaun Holt

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Getting the right prenatal vitamins in the right amounts is important for the healthy development of a baby

Complementary medicines expert Shaun Holt explores the different vitamins needed to support the healthy development of a baby in the womb

Prenatal vitamins, a type of dietary supplement, contain the extra, essential minerals and vitamins a woman needs while she is pregnant. All humans, Pregnancy ultrasound, Adequate folate levels are critical during the early days of the developing embryo to help prevent neural tube defects
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