Vitamins During Pregnancy

Questions pertaining to the adequate and proper vitamin consumption to promote excellent prenatal health for the well-being of you and your developing little one!

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Should you take vitamins while pregnant?

"There is a point at which you should start being careful about vitamin supplements -- some are not recommended for use during pregnancy. Anyway, your OB should be able to fill you in. It should be possible to get everything you need through diet, barring those weird and wonderful (not!) shortages that your body invents during pregnancy -- magnesium/potassium and calcium leap to mind for a few people I know -- when you do need extras."

"Take a multi-vitamin with folic acid (cuts down the chance of neural tube defects)."

"Take a folate supplement. Folate has been shown to lessen the risk of spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Folate (also known as folic acid) should be added to your diet and into pregnancy. You can get the 0.4-1.0 milligrams you need from a multivitamin or prenatal supplement or by eating more dark green leafy vegetables, liver, fruit, green beans and whole grains."

You should take the necessary pre-natal vitamins given to you by your OB-GYN. Most pregnant women also are directed by their OB to take Iron tablets since iron deficiency is very common among pregnant women. Beofre taking any additional vitamins, you should ALWAYS ask your OB-GYN to ensure the safety of your baby.

when i found out the other day that i am pregnant, the nurse was telling me about pre-natal pills, and explained to me that they are a very large pill and that most women have a hard time taking them. after telling the nurse i have a hard enough time takig Tylenol, she told me than any MULTI - VITAMIN would do, she said that even a wal-mart no name brand would work. she also informed me that while she was pregnant with her first the thing that kept her baby the healthiest was when she was taking those flinstone chewables.

Actually you can take multivitamins but they have to at least have 800 mcg folic acid in them otherwise you are not getting enough folic acid that you need for healthy development of baby. However, most multivitamins have vitamin A which pregnant women are not supposed to be taking - it causes harm. Talking to you doctor is the best option to find the best prenatal vitamins for you.

What prenatal vitamins should you take?

During pregnancy, your iron requirement increases. Not many woman have sufficient iron stores to meet pregnancy demands. Some doctors also prescribe calcium supplementation. It helps build strong bones and teeth for the baby.

You don't need to take 10 different vitamins a day. There are prenatal vitamins that contain all the daily amounts of minerals and vitamins recommended for you during your pregnancy. A prenatal vitamin is different from any other vitamins because of its iron and folic-acid content. They are probably the most important supplement for your pregnancy.

Can you take Vitamin d while pregnant?

A lot of prenatal vitamins will have vitamin D included in the supplement. You should talk to your obstetrician before taking additional supplements for vitamin D but it is recommended you get a proper amount of Vitamin D while pregnant as it supports a healthy bone & immune system. It is rumored to help with preventing illnesses such as the flu & cold as well.

Can you take prenatal vitamins for the health benefits even if you are not pregnant?

My Wife and I both take Natatab vitamins which was presribed by her Doctor. She is 47 and I 50. They were highly recommended by her Doctor and we haven't found any vitamins which give us the same energy that these pills do. Hope this helps. John

Is it normal to have spotting and mucus at 17 weeks of pregnancy?

Spotting and mucus can be normal at 17 weeks, especially if you have recently had intercourse or an internal physical exam, such as a pap smear. However, if it is accompanied by abdominal pain or nausea you should see your doctor right away.

What vitamins should you take while pregnant?

You should be taking a prenatal vitamin which is available at the drugstore.

Is it okay to take folic acid while pregnant?

This is a question you need to talk to your doctor about. you need 800 mcg of folic acid during pregnancy to prevent birth defects folic acid is the main thing in prenatel pills and are what u need alot of during your pregnancy

Does folic acid prevent pregnancy?

no-you should be taking it every day when trying to conceive to prevent birth deffects

Can you get pregnant while taking prenatal vitamins?

Im not sure if you are asking if they will increase your fertility or whether they will prohibit conception. The answers are they may increase chances of fertility in the fact that they will make you healthier and also contain a good dose of folic acid. And no they will not prohibit conception. Prenatal vitamins are made to be taken during pregnancy to ensure that your baby is getting the proper nutrients from your diet that it needs for growth and functionality. There is no reason that a prenatal vitamin would cause you not to be able to concieve.

What vitamin should you take when you smoke?

You should have an adequate supply of antioxidant vitamins, like Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You should also ensure that you eat colored vegetables, which contain flavonoids, in addition to Vitamin A (also an antioxidant). Intake of vitamin A preparations are not recommended, as excess of it may cause hypervitaminosis A.

What is the importance of ecosprin 75 during pregnancy?

it helps to increase the blood flow towards placenta & helps removing resistence in blood flow & prevents PIH.

How do Folic acid or Biotin of complex B group assist your bodies?

Folic acid is extremely important in our bodies. It is necessary for cell division (DNA replication). This means you need it for growing new cells, bone, and especially during the growth of new tissues such as during pregnancy. Without enough folic acid during pregnancy, a child could suffer from neurotubular defects.

Should you start taking prenatal vitamins even if you do not think you are pregnant?

If you are trying to get pregnant then yes, start prenatal vitamins right away. You don't have to wait until you get pregnant. Talk to your doctor and he/she will be able to get you started and answer any questions you should have.

How do you convert from IU to mg?

an IU is not a standardized unit that can be converted to mg with a single formula. IUs means something different for each item (usually vitamins) it is used for. So for one vitamin you could have 1000IUs and it is 10mg, whereas 10mg of another vitamin is only 100IU.

Is 1mg folic acid higher than 800mcg folic acid?

Yes it is. 1000mcg (micrograms) equals one mg (milligram).

Will taking folic acid help you get pregnant if you were on depo for one year and have now been off for a little over three months?

Folic acid would NOT help you get pregnant, but if you want to get pregnant, taking daily folic acid is very important and good for your unborn child and prevents some birth defects.. that being said.. it can take 12-18 months or even more sometimes for Depo to clear out of your system. If you want to get pregnant, you may benefit from taking a few months of birth control pills or the patch to get your cycle back to normal. ~pawsalmighty Answer NO, NO NO. Taking more contraceptive hormones will not help you get pregnant more quickly. The hormones in Depo are exactly the same as those in the pill/patch so taking more means it takes longer for them to disappear from your system.

How many 1mg of folic acid should you take daily?

I take 1 mg a day on my physicians directions. I am 73 years old, have ulcerative colitis, and this was his recommended dose. I never questioned why. He knows what he's prescribing and why.

Is it bad if you're 14 and 6 months pregnant and haven't gone to see a doctor?

Please, Please, Please go to a doctor right away! I waited until I was 7 months pregnant and by the time I went, my child had passed away.

AnswerLet's just say it isn't good. Please! Please! visit the following site or call the toll-free number, Birthright,, 1-800-556-4900. They will assist you in finding a clinic in your area and all information will be kept confidential. It is extremely important and absolutely necessary for you and your baby to receive medical care ASAP. AnswerWell, you should have seen a doctor as soon as you found out you were pregnant, but the important thing now is that you visit a doctor as soon as you can. Seeing a doctor late is infinitely better than not seeing a doctor at all. You can go to a local clinic; they may be able to refer you to an OB/GYN. AnswerThis is basically what the other posters said, but you should see a doctor!! Any pregnant women needs to see a doctor during a pregnancy. It doesn't matter how old you are because they need to check for things that might be wrong. For a healthy baby, you should go see a doctor ASAP!


That's not good, goto a doctor. Why have you not even gone, get there asap


Not only is it bad because you can't detect any problems with the baby at an early stage of your pregnancy but the doctor can give you vitamins that can help prevent many problem with the baby as well. It is very important for you to see a doctor right away.

What will happen if you forget to take folic acid when pregnant?

Folic acid is present in the fresh fruits and veggies you eat as well as orange juice. Women had successful pregnancies for years without pills. However, you should take vitamins and any pills prescribed by your doctor because your body needs extra help and the baby needs everything it can get to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy for both of you. Talk to your friends, family and doctor about ways to help you remember to take all those pills. In all the stress and excitment in a day it is easy to forget pills, that is how a lot of people end up pregnant. :)

Is it dangerous if you're taking 34000 iu vitamins and just found out that you are pregnant?

You should be ok, vitamins would be the last thing to worry about, but switch to prenatal vitamins right away, you can buy them over the counter at drugstores. It depends what vitamins you are talking about, there are many different vitamins. Some can be extremely dangerous in pregnancy. If they are prescribed talk to your doctor but if not, as the above answer says take only pre-natal vitamins.

Is it a sign of pregnancy if you are having contraction-like cramps?

I have contraction like cramps,and I just found out I was pregnant, but a good idea wood be to take a HPT to determine the pregnancy,If it says negative and you still haven't started your period wait a week and try again, if you still haven't contact your doctor.