The Benefits of Prenatal Vitamins for Mom and Baby

Prenatal Vitamins

In the next year, an estimated four million babies will be born in the United States. One in nine of these babies will be born pre-term, a leading cause of developmental delays and neurological disabilities in children.

To help address the nutrient deficiencies that cause many of these health issues, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) now recommends that all women capable of becoming pregnant consume 400 µg of folic acid daily and ensure adequate iron and calcium levels.

Over 40% of US women of childbearing age already take a daily prenatal supplement. If you are in the small majority of women who do not already consume a prenatal vitamin every day, or if you want to know how your existing prenatal vitamin helps support your own health, this infographic is for you:

Benefits of Prenatal Vitamins


  1. Infographic designed by Jessie Orvidas (
  2. Co-author: Shoua Kue