Prenatal Vitamins: What You Need to Know

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Prenatal vitamins are an important addition to your diet when pregnant. Women and their fetuses both need extra nutrients during pregnancy such as folic acid, calcium, and iron. These vitamins and minerals promote healthy and strong development and keep you strong and healthy as well.

Some prenatal vitamins are prescription only. If your doctor feels you need a specific kind of vitamin, take their advice to heart.

There are a million different prenatal vitamins on the market, so it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. Here are some tips that can help you decide.

First, talk to your doctor. Some prenatal vitamins are prescription only. If your doctor feels you need a specific kind of vitamin, take their advice to heart.

If your doctor recommends an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin, there are many to choose from. If you are prone to iron deficiency, you may want to choose one with extra iron. (Simply check the nutrition label on the bottle.) However, sometimes a large amount of iron can upset your stomach and result in constipation or stomach cramps. Give it a try for a week or so, and if you experience these side effects, you may want to consider switching to a different kind.

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As far as other vitamins and minerals are concerned, you should be wary of any that provide you with over 100% of the daily recommended dose (RDA). According to the American Pregnancy Association, “Combining supplements (such as taking a folic acid supplement along with your multivitamin, etc.) can raise concerns because you run the risk of overdosing on a particular nutrient. Taking more than 100% of the RDA of any nutrient should be avoided during pregnancy unless under the direction of your health care provider.” So again, talk to your doctor about your prenatal vitamin choice.

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  1. Avatar of christina christina says:

    I take the prenatals with the DHA that my doctor highly recommended me to take

  2. I hear that gummies aren’t as effective as regular pills. Is that true? I wanna get all the nutrients (:

    • Avatar of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

      Hi Tiranii – My recommendation would be to compare the nutrition labels on a prenatal pill versus prenatal gummy to be sure you’re receiving all of the nutrients you need out of the gummy before taking them. I take New Chapter Prenatals and really like them. No stomach issues and they have all of the nutrients I need!

  3. Avatar of VVanNess VVanNess says:

    I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins for the last five years after a pregnant friend said that her doctor recommended that every woman, pregnant or not, take a prenatal vitamin for her own health. My favorites are the gummies and they frequently go on sale at my favorite grocery store. Yea!

  4. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I am a non-compliant patient prior to pregnancy but desiring to bear a healthy child made me decide to follow doctors’ order! I did had so many prenatal vitamins and even postpregnancy meds. My husband even mentioned, you’re taking meds now because of our baby! So true!

  5. Avatar of amelia amelia says:

    prenatal vitamins made me so sick. i had to sop talking them..

  6. God they were horrendous

  7. Avatar of teresa teresa says:

    I can’t take them makes me sick

  8. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Im lucky that the first one I tried worked well.

  9. When I was pregnant for all 3 of my children, I couldn’t take prenatal vitamins. Every one that the dr prescribed me, or the ones OTC, made me sick. I had to eat more healthy foods to keep my babies healthy and actually, all 3 of my kids are healthy and smart!

  10. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    I have a hard time taking so many vitamins everyday, and boy do I have a list. I eat really healthy, or at least try to, so I don’t feel bad if I have to skip day of prenatals. I am taking some though that you don’t have to take with a meal, so I don’t get sick to my stomach.

  11. Avatar of Marina Marina says:

    Baby & Me prenatal vitamins by MegaFood and PreNatal gummy vitamins by VitaFusion are the best.

  12. My doctor advised me to continue taking my prenatals even after I delivered

  13. i couldnt take any vitamins or iron pills even the flinnstones chewables i couldnt take with both pregancys i always got sick when i did take umm so i jus stop and i have a healthy 21 month old girl and a lil boy on the way whos healthy and growing fast

  14. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Gummy ones are the best :3

  15. Im actually not taking no vitamins don’t like medicine in just feeding myself with all nutrients I need

  16. My OB presribed me some AMAZING prenatal v’s because I asked if she could assist me on the best kind!

  17. Avatar of DREA DREA says:

    I found some prenatal gummy vitamins with DHA & Folic Acid you can buy it at your local Wal-Mart for about $10.00 . You take two a day and it has 90 gummy’s in the bottle . They taste wonderful! Only problem with this product is that you still need to take a Iron vitamin because it doesn’t contain it because it may appeal to children . This product does not contain Gluten,milk,eggs,peanuts,tree nuts, or shellfish.

  18. I love those too. sour gummie ones are really yummy too.

  19. I like flint stone vitamins

  20. Avatar of kalilove34 kalilove34 says:

    I take mine everyday but I haven’t gained hardly any weight..

  21. tha’ts weird. i have not got sick at all taking any prenatals.

  22. i try to take them every day, somtimes i’ll skip a day. my mom said she skipped taking them cause she gained so much weight. i just gained all this unncessary weight cause i dont go party anymore! :-(

  23. Avatar of wenwen wenwen says:

    have vitamins is very importent for youself and your baby

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