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Can I Take Expired Prenatal Vitamins
Biotin: Prenatal vitamin formulations are an excellent multivitamin for both the pregnant and non-pregnant alike. Without knowing the specific brand of prenatals you are using, many brands already contain biotin so you would not likely need additional biotin. If your particular brand does not contain biotin, there would be no problem in adding biotin to your daily vitamin supplementation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure!: It's actually a great idea to start taking prenatal vitamins for a few months before conceiving, as problems that can occur from vitamin deficiencies while pregnant often occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy before you even realize you are pregnant. It will in no way affect your ability to conceive. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Daily: You can start taking vitamins immediately and continue on a daily basis. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes unless pregnant: It is safe to take fenugreek and a prenatal vitamin. Fenugreek has many benefits. Due to estrogen-like properties it can enhance lactation, reduce menstrual cramps and reduce menopausal symptoms but it is advised to not use fenugreek while pregnant as it might increase risk of miscarriage. See https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/fenugreek.html ...Read more
Should I take prenatal vitamins before/while we are trying to get pregnant? Which prenatal vitamins do you recommend?
Healthy diet: I recommend a healthy diet with adequate protein, calories and calcium. Be sure to get enough folic acid (in most bread and cereal products) or take a folic acid supplement. You can always take a multivitamin, but focusing on a healthy diet will be better for you and your baby in the long run. ...Read more
Yes but....: Riboflavin, pyridoxine and thiamine are all b vitamins and are usually safe while pregnant... In fact pre natal vitamins usually have these vitamins along with others and of course Folic acid which is wise to take prior to and during pregnancy. I would recommend you avoid taking mega doses of vitamins or many types of vitamins but taking your pre natal vitamins is wise. ...Read more
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