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is it necessary to take pre-natal vitamins?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Prenatal vitamins contain a very important b vitamin called folate, or folic acid. Folate has been shown to prevent "spina bifida, " or spinal cord defects, in the developing baby. It is crucial to take folate, or a good prenatal vitamin, for at least 3 months before you get pregnant!
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Helpful if pregnant: If you are pregnant or might become pregnant then prenatal vitamins have been shown to reduce the risk of certain birth defects like neural tube defects. Recent research shows they may reduce risk of autism.They also benefit mom's health.If your diet is exceptionally healthy not as crucial.See http://sfari.Org/news-and-opinion/in-brief/2011/clinical-research-prenatal-vitamins-lower-risk-of-autism.

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Do I have to feed my baby formula to make sure he is getting the right vitamins?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Yes: Breastmilk is a near perfect food for baby. The only thing it's missing is vitamin d, so breast fed babies should get 400 iu of vitamin d a day (1 ml of poly-vi-sol or d-vi-sol). As long as mom is eating a healthful diet and your pediatrician thinks your baby is growing well, you shouldn't have to supplement with formula. Around 4-6 months start giving your baby rice cereal for extra iron.
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How do I choose a pre-natal vitamin?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
The one you like: There are hundreds of brands of prenatal vitamins. My suggestion to patients is to try a few and find one you like. The best vitamin is the one you will actually take. All contain Folic Acid which is important. Some contain stool softeners which is helpful for pregnancy constipation. Some contain DHA so you do not have to take a separate pill.
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Is it safe to take vitamin C while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: In recommended standard doses, yes. You probably already have enough in your prenatal vitamin. Taking "more" vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements does not improve health.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What is an invasive prenatal screening?

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CVS or amnio: Chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis are invasive prenatal screening.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the best vitamin C supplement?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Lypo-Spheric C: Until recently i would have said most vitamin c is created equal, but a relatively new formulation called lypo-spheric c is much better absorbed and can cross cell membranes better. See http://www.Livonlabs.Com/ it is pricier than other forms of c, but if you are motivated you can make your own liposomal vit c at home: see http://www.Quantumbalancing.Com/liposomalc.Htm.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy commented
Radiology 39 years experience
After searching on their web sites, I can tell anyone who is interested that Lypo-Spheric C does not contain ANY vitamin C. Sodium ascorbate sold as "vitamin C" is not vitamin C and does not have all the components of complete vitamin C. It may be digested easier, but will not help your health or well being. The same is true for most ascorbic acid and sodium acetate products sold in the USA.
Apr 26, 2016

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