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what should be in prenatal vitamins and how often do you have to take them?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: All necessary vitamins and supplements are included. They should be taken throughout gestation (ideally before) and through the post-partum period.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do prenatal vitamins interact negatively with medications?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Some yes. You need to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions between your medications and your prenatal vitamins.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the maximum dose of prenatal vitamins I can take?

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Dr. Ian Taras
Dr. Ian Taras answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
?: There is not one ingredient in prenatal vitamins so therefore it can not be displayed (apples to apples) in 'mg.' you should take the recommendation of the manufacturer or your health care provider. Folic acid (folate (folic acid)) is one ingredient that you may need more of. Some will be 400 mcg, others 800 mcg and others 1000 mcg. Sometimes you need even more which can be accomplished with separate folate (folic acid).
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why are prenatal vitamins important?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Healthy baby: Folic acid (folate) is an important component of prenatal vitamins. It has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube defects in women who get at least 1mg daily. These are birth defects that include types of spina bifida. The neural tube (which forms the brain and spinal cord) is formed by the 28th day of pregnancy, before many know they are pregnant.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Do prenatal vitamins require a prescription?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: In fact you can get everything you need from an over-the-counter adult multivitamin or two flintstones chewables.

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