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what are the major symptoms of vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
It depends: Each vitamin is essential to your body for a different reason. A deficiency in one may have symptoms different than others. If you suspect a deficiency, speak to your physician. Most deficiencies, including vitamin d, can be addressed by a proper diet.
Dr. Linda Tao
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends: we need all our vitamins and minerals. It is important to eat slowly and to chew your food to optimize your body's ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals. Symptoms can range from fatigue, brain fog, tingling,palpitations etc. if you suspect a deficiency you should see a doctor and have the levels measured.

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How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

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All the same: The extra vitamins, minerals and iron that are required during pregnancy are all available in the appropriate amounts in any over the counter adult multivitamin. There is nothing extra special or better about a prenatal. A higher price does not mean it is better for you.
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What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?

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Take one: There are many brands of prenatal vitamins each with a slightly different compilation of vitamins. The best one to take is the one that you like. Folate (folic acid) in prenatal vitamins has been shows to prevent certain birth defects especially if taken before pregnancy. Find one you like and take it daily.
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Is it safe to take diabetic vitamins while pregnant?

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Yes: If by diabetic vitamins you mean sugar-free than yes it is safe to take while pregnant.
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Do prenatal vitamins interact negatively with medications?

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Yes: Some yes. You need to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions between your medications and your prenatal vitamins.
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Why do I need vitamins in pregnancy?

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Nutrition: Sometimes, especially in early pregnancy, nausea prevents women from taking adequate amounts of vitamins from diet alone. It is also very important to get enough Folic Acid (through taking the prenatal vitamin) to prevent birth defects. Some parts of prenatal vitamins may also be associated with supporting good brain development in the baby. Ask your doctor.

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