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What is the role of prenatal vitamins in pregnancy?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
Nutritional aid: Prenatal vitamins contain the recommended daily vitamins and minerals that you will need during the pregnancy. These vitamins and minerals could also be obtained by eating a well-balanced diet every day. Unfortunately most of us are not that good at always eating a well-balanced diet. Supplements can help.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Helping you both: The fetus has a well designed system that will pull needed nutrients out of your body to build that of the baby.If you have a marginal diet, baby can suffer but you will too. Nature tends to strip some of what you have for babies needs, so you need the pnvits to maintain your own health while baby draws its needs from you.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about prenatal vitamins before pregnancy?

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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Good idea. : The neural tube closes during the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a patient knows they are pregnant. Folic acid (found in prenatal vitamins) is important for correct closure. So i recommend taking them if you are planning to get pregnant.
Cleveland, OH
A 20-year-old female asked:

Prenatal vitamins that are good for pregnancy?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
One with folic acid: The prenatal vitamins that contain at least 1mg of Folic Acid are all acceptable, as Folic Acid has been proven to decrease the risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Best wishes.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What vitamins can I take for pregnancy if I don't want to take prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
You need folate (folic acid): The most important vitamin during pregnancy is folic acid. Speak with your obstetrician to make sure you are getting what you need. Most of what else you need you can get from whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains and it will probably be better for the baby.
A female asked:

Can prenatal vitamins cause pregnancy symptoms?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
No not that: I know of, prenatal vitamins can cause nausea in some people whether they are preg or not , but they do not cause any other sxs associated with preg.
TX
A 18-year-old male asked:

Is it bad to not take the prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Better to take: Pnvs have benefits to both baby and mother- for moms, ensuring that depletion of iron, calcium and other nutrients is prevented is key. For babies, having folic acid, also calcium/ iron, and other essential nutrients fosters optimum growth and can help to prevent some birth defects. If moms don't take pnvs, they are missing out on these benefits.

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