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A 30-year-old female asked:

Are vitamins safe to take during pregnancy?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, but food better: Absolutely everything you need in your diet for your baby's healthy growth can be found in food. While all essential vitamins and minerals can be found in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains and wild alaskan salmon, it is prudent to supplement with folate (folic acid) if you don't eat a lot of green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and swiss chard. Also get 15 to 30 minutes sun per day but.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Be sure they're from a reputable supplier. Your physician can be your guide. In the usa, it's usual to supplement with vitamins and iron under your doctor's guidance.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Should you take any other vitamins besides prenatal during pregnancy?

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Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Depends: Depending on medical conditions, some women require extra folic acid. Women with low vitamin D may require extra vitamin D. Women who are nauseous may find extra vitamin B6 helpful. Women who have had gastric bypass surgery also have different requirements. Talk to your doctor.
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.
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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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A 27-year-old male asked about a 24-year-old female:

My wife is in her 2 month pregnancy....What vitamins should she take?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Folate (folic acid) critical: All vitamins and minerals that are always needed are also needed during pregnancy but folate has been found to be particularly important. Also important to get at least 600 iu of vitamin d. Otherwise, she should eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds, whole grains, and wild fish like salmon.
Philippines
A 34-year-old female asked:

Can i take prenatal vitamins and iberet at the same time during my pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No need: If you are taking a prenatal vitamin then there is no need to take another multivitamin at all.

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