It’s always recommended to take a folic acid supplement of 400mcg until you are over 12 weeks of pregnancy. This helps your baby’s spinal cord to develop and reduces the risk of neural tube defects. Ideally, it’s great to start to taking this before you conceive as well. If you’re overweight you should speak to your GP as they may advise you to take an increased dose of folic acid.
Vitamin D is another important supplement which is especially important during the winter months when there is less sunlight. Taking a vitamin D supplement of 10mcg a day, especially throughout winter, can help you to absorb enough calcium and phosphate for your body during pregnancy.
You may be entitled to get Healthy Start Vouchers if you are on income related benefits or you are under 18 years old. This means you would get free vitamins whilst you are pregnant.