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I'm taking a pre natal vitamin right now. can i also take a b complex on top of it during pregnancy? is it safe to take that much?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Prenatal vitamins: When it comes to medications, supplements, nutrition, exercise, etc, it's always best to check w/your obstetrician and/or family doc. Prenatal vitamins have more folate (folic acid) than regular multivitamins to minimize risk of spinal tube defects in developing fetuses. For best results, start PNV while trying to get pregnant, not just after, since spinal tube develops early b4 1st missed period.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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As for taking additional B complex vitamin in addition to prenatal vitamin, there usually isn't any reason to do so. Luckily, B vitamins are water soluble so it's less likely that you'll overdose as you'll pee excess. Still, it's best to check w/your docs to determine why feel need to do so.
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