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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Can you take prenatal vitamins even if your not pregnant/not trying to get pregnant? Are there any benefits

Can you take prenatal vitamins even if your not pregnant/not trying to get pregnant? Are there any benefits

Not helpful: The prenatal vitamins will not help you get pregnant. They are not made for people not pregnant and you should discuss with your doctor if you think you are deficient in some way. A healthy diet is important for good health. Balanced meals are better than any vitamins and you want to incorporate that in personal life style ...Read more

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If i take more prenatal vitamins than i post to what can happen and i'm not pregnant?

If i take more prenatal vitamins than i post to what can happen and i'm not pregnant?

Toxic: Too much of anything is not good. Prenatal vitamins usually have iron and other minerals essential to a developing pregnancy or breastfeeding mother. Part you will pee out (+$down drain), part can make you sick. Don't do this. See a dr if you think you are vitamin deficient. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take prenatal vitamins everyday, if I'm not pregnant?

Is it bad to take prenatal vitamins everyday, if I'm not pregnant?

Ok to take: Prenatal vitamins usually have extra iron and folic acid but that is not an issue in a healthy person. It is more important to be used to them before becoming pregnant so you can continue them during the early pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could still take prenatal vitamins even though i'm not pregnant?

Can you tell me if i could still take prenatal vitamins even though i'm not pregnant?

Sure: Don't expect any one to throw you a baby shower though. ( and you would be less likely to crave pickles and ice cream than somebody who was pregnant. ) most pre-natal vitamins are just a regular multivitamin with a minimum of 400 mg of folic acid. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take prenatal vitamins in place of a multi vitamin if not pregnant?

Is it bad to take prenatal vitamins in place of a multi vitamin if not pregnant?

Not at all: If you are of child-bearing age and may possibly have a child, it is a good choice. The major difference is increased folate in the prenatal vitamins. That is very important in early fetal development of the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Im not pregnant & take daily prenatal vitamins, can I also take daily biotin pills?

Im not pregnant & take daily prenatal vitamins, can I also take daily biotin pills?

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 more

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I'm not pregnant, however, if I take prenatal vitamins, will they make me fertile?

I'm not pregnant, however, if I take prenatal vitamins, will they make me fertile?

PNV: PNV do not affect your fertility at all - not more, not less - but they are very important for a healthy pregnancy. if you wish to become pregnant you should ideally begin PNV up to 3 months before you hope to conceive. If you have fertility problems though, they will not help. best. ...Read more

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