Pre natal vitamins vs folic acid...
Your eggs develop 90 days before they are released so healthy eggs are the key to healthy pregnancy.
The first few weeks of pregnancy are really important for healthy feral development so planning ahead is key. If you are planning a baby then it is recommended by the NHS to take folic acid two - three months before trying to conceive.
Folic acid is vitamin b9 which can be found in many foods but is not enough alone so folic acid tablets are key. It reduces the risk of spina bifda and baby developing neural tube defects up to 70% (Tommys.org).
It is also recommended to eat foods that naturally contain vitamin b9 including lots of leafy greens such as spinac, broccoli, peas, asparagus, sprouts, kale as some examples.
You can purchase a range of pre natal vitamins such as the pregnancy care range which are good but not vital as long as you have a healthy nutritious balanced diet as they can often be expensive.
Research shows that pre natal vitamins can reduce the chances of irregularities such as heart and limb defects according to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. They can support healthy iron levels which many women lack as you need twice the amount in pregnancy and also vitamin d to name a few benefits.
Pre natal vitamins are recommend for healthy egg development but at not vital as long as you are taking folic acid.
We are not equipped to give medical advice so if in doubt please consult your doctor or midwife.