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Get the Scoop on Prenatal Vitamins

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Get the scoop on prenatal vitamins.
Air Date: 5/5/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Mark de Fazio, MD
Dr. Mark De FazioA Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Mark de Fazio is a Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude graduate of Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he was Administrative Chief Resident in his final year.

Dr. de Fazio joined his father Dr. Laurence de Fazio in practice in 1990. He is an Attending Physician at the New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. He is fluent in Italian. At New York Methodist Hospital, “Dr. Mark” is closely involved with the supervision and education of residents and medical students, where he gives them lectures throughout the year. He has also served as a member of the hospital’s by-laws committee, credentials committee, the continuing education committee and the medical executive committee.

Dr. de Fazio has been a medical consultant and has been on the credentials committee for several medical insurance companies. He is and has been a medical consultant for various pharmaceutical and medical device corporations. He has lectured across the country on topics such as the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy, the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and estrogen replacement therapy in menopause. Dr. de Fazio is a past President of the Morgagni Medical Society of New York and currently a member of the Society’s Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Gynecological Society, the Medical Society of the State of New York and the American Medical Association.
Get the Scoop on Prenatal Vitamins
A balanced diet doesn’t necessarily provide adequate nutrients for a mother-to-be.

Growing a tiny human requires extra nutrition. Prenatal supplements are a good source of vitamins and minerals to assist with the healthy formation of an unborn baby. But, it can be tough to know what to look for in a prenatal vitamin.

Folic acid helps reduce birth defects. Women of child-bearing age should have 400mcg of folic acid daily. When your pregnancy is confirmed, increase your intake to 800 mcg of folic acid.

Your vitamin requirements typically change once you become pregnant. Your iron, vitamin D and folic acid needs double. Calcium and phosphate needs go up by fifty percent. B-complex vitamins go up by at least one third. Zinc and riboflavin increase by 25 percent. Only vitamin A doesn't need to be increased.

Listen in as Dr. Mark de Fazio discusses what your prenatal vitamins should contain and when you should start taking them.

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