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is taking 2 flinstone vitamins equivalent to taking a prenatal?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Not the best choice: This might be better than nothing but I do no recommend it because flintstones vitamins are loaded with unhealthy chemicals like artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and ingredients derived from genetically modified corn & soy. I would not want to expose a developing baby to these chemicals. I advise a prenatal with the l-5-mthf form of Folic Acid if possible like vitamin code or thorne prenatals.

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Should I take an omega 3 vitamin while I am nursing?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: It's probably a good idea. We don't know, exactly, what the "rda" of omega-3 fatty acids should be for nursing moms or babies or children, but we do know that these are important especially for eye and brain development. Good natural sources of omega-3s are oily fish (sardines, mackerel) and flax seed.
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Could prenatal vitamins be causing constipation?

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Yes: There is extra iron and calcium in prenatal vitamins, both of which can cause constipation. Eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet and drink plenty of water to help avoid this.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Could prenatal vitamins be causing nausea?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Yes, some components in prenatal vitamins can cause nausea, especially the iron supplement.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between fraternal and identical twins genes?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Different, same.: Fraternal (dizygotic) twins share 50% of their genes, just like any other siblings. Identical (monozygotic) twins typically have the same 100% dna profile, as if clones of one another.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take more than one prenatal vitamin per day?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Why?: You should stick to your doctor's advice; i generally recommend avoiding more than 1 pnv pill daily mainly due to concerns about hypervitaminosis a - possible teratogen. You can take additional Folic Acid and calcium/iron as needed though, on top of the regular pnv dose.

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