Why You Need It: Probiotics, or good bacteria, have been shown to assuage gastrointestinal problems, like diarrhea, and even help reduce colds.
Daily Dose: One capsule with 10 billion colony-forming units (CFUs), preferably in the morning so it can aid your digestion throughout the day.
Why you need it: You need folate to look healthy. Our cells need it to make DNA, and without DNA, cells wouldn’t function properly. Nor would they make new cells and tissue, such as skin and hair. During pregnancy, especially the first couple of weeks when women often don’t know they are pregnant, folate is critical in preventing neural tube abnormalities in the fetus, such as spina bifida.
Daily Dose: Healthy, non-pregnant women should look for a multivitamin supplement providing 400 micrograms daily. Pregnant women should take a prenatal supplement with 400-800 micrograms of folate. Talk to your obstetrician or gynecologist about taking folate along with other key supplements that can support a baby’s development.