Even if you have the “perfect” diet, prenatal vitamins are still strongly encouraged because certain nutrients like folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin D are imperative for your developing baby’s health. Furthermore, many people easily fall deficient in these particular nutrients.
Your baby’s health is not worth any nutritional risks. For instance, if you’re lacking folic acid, you could be putting your baby’s neural development in jeopardy. Folic acid plays an important role in protecting your unborn baby from developing brain or spinal cord defects. Another example is iron. Many people lack iron in their diets and iron is another nutrient that is crucial in healthy, normal brain and blood development.