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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Prenatal Vitamins: What You Need to Know

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  1. Profile photo of kalilove34 kalilove34 says:

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

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

  3. 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! 🙁

  4. Profile photo of wenwen wenwen says:

    have vitamins is very importent for youself and your baby

  5. Profile photo of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    I always take my prenatal, calcium, and iron. I never have any problems taking them all.

  6. Profile photo of lawsonangel lawsonangel says:

    I take my vitamins at night to keep me from feeling sick

  7. Profile photo of Takenbyjuan Takenbyjuan says:

    My vitamin taste nasty 🙁

  8. Profile photo of Casey Parris Casey Parris says:

    prenatals are very important for the baby. think about those days when we cant keep nothing down due to morning sickness, at least the baby is getting vitamins through the prenats.

  9. Flinstone vitamins work best for me

  10. Profile photo of Bianca Reid Bianca Reid says:

    my prenatal are very bigg vitamins.

  11. I was given prescription prenatal vitamins when I told my Dr. that I wanted to start trying for my second child after 9 years.

  12. Profile photo of rosalie rosalie says:

    oh i didn’t know all this info when i was pregnant with mt children…

  13. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I didn’t get sick at first taking the vitamins. About 6 months into my pregnancy I couldn’t even open the bottle without getting sick. My doctor told me to try a different type of vitamins so I switched to children’s gummy vitamins and take about 4 a day. My doctor says this is fine.

  14. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    I feel really sick when I take my Prenatal…

  15. Profile photo of new new says:

    they make me sick

  16. My doctor said make sure it has dha in it or take a supplement

    "DHA stands for Docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid and found in conjunction with EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). DHA is beneficial for neurological health and is added to prenatal vitamins for the central nervous system and optical development of a fetus. While it’s not always included in prenatal supplements, it is highly recommended that both pregnant and breastfeeding women take a DHA supplement. " "DHA is beneficial not only for the health of a growing baby but also for the health of a mother, and thus it’s a critical supplement to take while pregnant and breastfeeding. "

  17. Profile photo of Bianca Bianca says:

    i have to take gummy ones

  18. Profile photo of Desiree(: Desiree(: says:

    I have just been taking the ones that my doctor initially prescribed by my doctor when we found out i was pregnant. I havent even thought about changing my vitamins.

  19. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    I have always bought my prenatak vitamins over the counter since the ones that were prescribed on my 1st pregnancy they were hard to keep down.