pregnant woman and her developing child need a special formula of
vitamins to keep both the mother and child nutritionally healthy.
Prenatal vitamins and minerals are designed to deliver the appropriate
nutrition to the pair. In particular, prenatal supplements have folic
acid, iron and calcium – all of which are of particular importance to a
pregnant woman. Folic acid has been shown to decrease the risk of birth
defects. An unborn child is dependent upon getting its nutrition from
its mother, and if enough calcium is not in the system, the fetus may
leach calcium from the mother’s bones, causing a drop in bone density.
Iron is important for blood circulation and delivery of oxygen both in
the mother and the child.