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Football season is starting, baseball is winding down and basketball seems to run forever! In every sport, a champion seems to rise to the top. He or she often has a compelling story of overcoming adversity or pushing through pain to excel in their sport. We are inspired by these champions. The sport leagues and ESPN love the champions because they are money makers for the sports industry.

There are other champions as well. In the Bible, David was a champion against Goliath. He was critical of his brothers for their unwillingness to step up to the giant who daily ridiculed the God of Israel. David later choose “Mighty Men”, each champions in their own right, to become leaders in his army. The prophets were champions of God, preaching against the evil times and kings who “did evil in the sight of God”.

Today, the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center needs champions as well. Yesterday in our morning prayer time, I asked our staff and volunteers to pray for a “champion for the BPC in every church”. One person who would remember our ministry in prayer, in giving and in visibility at their church. That one person who would remind their pastor to speak out regarding the Sanctity of Life, that would encourage their congregation for pray for the women of our community facing unplanned pregnancies, who would vote for pro-life issues, and include us in their missions focus, their women’s ministry, men’s ministry or youth outreaches. Following that time of prayer, I had the incredible privilege to meet with Robin Robinson of Canyon Hills Assembly of God. We began with typical introductions and sharing basic information at the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center. Then, Robin leaned over and asked me “Erin, how I can be a champion for you?” She had no idea we prayed for those very words that morning! God is so amazing to hear our every prayer!

Isaiah 19:19-20 “In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.” The Lord God keeps his promises-He has sent a Savior and a Champion, Jesus Christ the Lord. Jesus then calls us to follow Him, to become like Him. Become a Champion. Would you be willing to be a champion in your church for us? If so, please contact me personally and lets talk about how God can use us both to protect the children not yet born.

Why are prenatal vitamins important?

During pregnancy, a healthy diet is the best way to give your body and your developing baby the necessary nutrients. But sometimes during pregnancy, there may be some shortages of certain vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Taking a prenatal vitamin will help to fill those gaps. The vitamins and nutrients that are in prenatal vitamins will support your baby’s growth, support the natural changes that your body goes through during pregnancy, and may also reduce nausea and help prevent preterm birth.

When Should I start taking prenatal vitamins?

It is best to begin taking prenatal vitamins before conception. Folic acid, which is one of the vital nutrients in prenatal vitamins, helps prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. The neural tube develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord. The embryonic stage of fetal development (the first 10 weeks of pregnancy) is the period of time that the neural tube, as well as other organ systems, develop. This is the time that is most critical for the fetus to receive the nutrients provided in a prenatal vitamin. Since many women don’t even know they are pregnant until at least 4 or 5 weeks of pregnancy (when they’ve missed a period), it is best to begin taking prenatal vitamins before you even start trying to become pregnant. 

What ingredients should I look for when choosing a prenatal vitamin?

Prenatal vitamins are full of a long list of important nutrients, but the most critical nutrients for you and your baby are Folic Acid and Iron. Look for a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid (vitamin B9) to help prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. If your family has a history of neural tube defects, you may need to take an additional folic acid supplement. Talk to you doctor about this.

Iron is another important nutrient because it helps your body to make red blood cells, which supply oxygen to the baby. During pregnancy, your normal blood volume increases by about 50%, so your body requires an increased amount of iron to support that growth. Look for a vitamin with 30 mg of iron (Fe).

Iodine helps the thyroid and brain development of your baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pregnant women should take supplemental iodine, 150 mcg.

Vitamin B6 may help decrease nausea during pregnancy, or “morning sickness”. Look for a vitamin with 2 mg of Vitamin B6. 

Should I take my vitamin at morning or night? Are there any other special instructions?

It doesn’t matter what time of day you take your vitamin, as long as you take one vitamin each day. It is best to take the vitamin with food, so that all the nutrients will be well-absorbed into your body. If you are experiencing morning sickness regularly, try taking the vitamin with lunch, an afternoon snack, or with your evening meal (anytime of day when you usually feel the least nauseous). If you accidentally skip a day, don’t worry, and don’t make up for it by taking 2 vitamins the next day. Just get back to your normal schedule of one vitamin per day as soon as you can.

References:

: https://www.whattoexpect.com/getting-pregnant/health-and-wellness/foods-to-enjoy/prenatal-vitamins.aspx

 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-vitamins/art-20046945

 

 

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