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A 25-year-old female asked:

When do women take prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. Steven Weissberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
When pregnant: When they are pregnant . But you should start taking Folic Acid before pregnancy begins.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

Do women hav to take prenatal vitamins while pregnant?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
No don't have to but: It may be a good idea, but you don't have too. Many people do not eat a well balanced diet full of all the micronutrients that their bodies needs. Good nutrian is especially important during pregnancy. Vitamins help make up the difference. If you are getting everything your body needs from the foods you eat, then you do not need prenatal vitamins. Most woman are not so lucky.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Any insights for why some women have to take prenatal vitamins all the time?

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Dr. Carrie Champine
Obstetrics & Gynecology 19 years experience
Have to?: I don't think women HAVE TO take prenatal vitamins all of the time except when trying to conceive, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A mulitivitamin is a great supplement to everybodys diet.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are prenatal vitamins really all that important for women nowadays?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine 19 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. **.
Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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