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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Eat Other Vitamin D Foods With Pills In Pregnancy

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it ok to eat spinach and kale during pregnancy? All the packages say 110% vitamin a. I read vitamin a causes birth defects.

Is it ok to eat spinach and kale during pregnancy? All the packages say 110% vitamin a.  I read vitamin a causes birth defects.

Completely safe!: You're correct that taking (or eating) more than 10, 000 units of vit a in the first 7 weeks of pregnancy increases risk of birth defects. However, spinach ; kale contain no vitamin a: they have beta carotene, which your body can convert into vit. A as needed, but there's no evidence that any amount of beta carotene is harmful in pregnancy.Please choose organic spinach; regular is high in pesticides. ...Read more

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I take vitamin D 50,000 weakly with food,Is there something that affects the absorption of vitamin D i have to avoid it during treatment period?

I take vitamin D 50,000 weakly with food,Is there something that affects the absorption of vitamin D i have to avoid it during treatment period?

50,000: Very high doses of vitamin D are used weekly for four weeks followed up by 1000 to 5000 units daily for a few more weeks. More importantly, it is uncommon for a woman your age to need so much vitamin D. Has your doctor told you why you need so much vitamin D? I would like to learn his/her answers. ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy to get 200% vitamin d from pills daily?

Is it considered unhealthy to get 200% vitamin d from pills daily?

No!: I recommend 2000 iu of vit d3 per day, which is 5 x the mdr! you are looking at 800iu. To little! ...Read more

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Is calcium & magnesium supplement as "brown rice aminoate complex" safe in pregnancy? I've taken this in pregnancy and i'm worried if it is not safe!

Is calcium & magnesium supplement as "brown rice aminoate complex" safe in pregnancy? I've taken this in pregnancy and i'm worried if it is not safe!

Perfectly safe: This just means the calcium and magnesium are bound to Amino Acids in brown rice to improve absorption. This is perfectly safe- as safe as eating brown rice! ...Read more

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Is there folic acid in vitamin b complex? Is it ok to take that in pregnancy?

Is there folic acid in vitamin b complex? Is it ok to take that in pregnancy?

Yes: In a vitamin b complex there is usually folic acid. The best way to determine that is to read the label. Prenatal vitamins should also contain b vitamins and Folic Acid and yes they are safe to take in pregnancy. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E and Fish Oil?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E and Fish Oil?

Fish oil ok; ? Vit E: Nutrition requirements for breast-feeding mothers are similar to those during pregnancy. Special attention to intake of protein, calcium, iron and vitamin C is advised. Fish oil supplements are likely safer than eater fish because of toxins found in some fish, but too much could increase risk of bleeding. Evidence about the safety of higher doses of vitamin E is inconclusive, so not recommended. ...Read more

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It is known that vit e synthetic is toxic. How can I ask for the natural vit e in a supplement or what can I eat to take vit e in large amount 4 liver?

It is known that vit e synthetic is toxic. How can I ask for the natural vit e in a supplement or what can I eat to take vit e in large amount 4 liver?

Look for this info..: You are correct to be confused- for example "nature-made" brand of vitamin e is synthetic but nothing on the label states this unless you know that "dl-alpha tocopherol" is the synthetic form. Natural vit. E should say that it's natural on the label & will be listed as d-alpha tocopherol- not "dl." ideally it should have mixed tocopherols too(gamma, delta, beta).Any health food store will have it. ...Read more

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If you are low in vitamin d is it possible to get enough through the sun, milk and other diet or are supplements necessary?

If you are low in vitamin d is it possible to get enough through the sun, milk and other diet or are supplements necessary?

Vitamin D is vital: This is not a simple question. The more we learn about vitamin d the more it appears we should all be on supplements. The sun exposure one needs also includes the need for the sun to be at a certain angle in the sky and this physics part of exposure is partly why sun in general is not the key to good vitamin d. We do not absorb vitamin d very well from food. Many adults should not be on milk. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 5, 000 units of vitamin d & omega-3 along with my prenatal vitamins? Is it ok to take them both before and after pregnancy?

Is it safe to take 5, 000 units of vitamin d & omega-3 along with my prenatal vitamins?  Is it ok to take them both before and after pregnancy?

No: That is an extremely high dose of vitamin d. More recent studies have suggested that these high doses are not warranted or advisable. Discuss with your OB doc before you start taking these various supplements. I would stay with Folic Acid and prenatal vitamins only. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take prenatal vitamins for anemia and low b and d vitamins even if you are not pregnant or not trying to conceive?

Is it ok to take prenatal vitamins for anemia and low b and d vitamins even if you are not pregnant or not trying to conceive?

Yes, in fact wise: I advise everyone take a quality multivitamin. Prenatals are a type of multivit. which contain B vits and tend to be rich in iron which often helps anemia. I advise everybody takes 5-8000iu of Vit D3 in fall and winter months and year-round if you don't get much mid-day sun without sunscreen in spring and summer. See http://tinyurl.com/m67hmkg I advise a prenatal with the L-5MTHF form of folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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I keep reading there is no proof that daily vitamin c can help the body, but a deficiency is bad so shouldn't you try to eat alot of foods with vit c ?

I keep reading there is no proof that daily vitamin c can help the body, but a deficiency is bad so shouldn't you try to eat alot of foods with vit c ?

Vitamins/minerals: The body needs dozens and dozens of vitamins and minerals to work properly. Vitamin C is only one of them. A deficiency of any of them is not good. An excess of some is also not good. Excess Vit C is simply excreted by the kidneys into the urine. Your body is very good at regulating it. I recommend a balanced diet, with the RDA of VitC. Having "a lot" more than recommended won't keep you healthier. ...Read more

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What is the difference between vitamin c & vitamin c bioflavanoids ? And which of them are safe to take if we are not eating vegies or fruits? Suggest

What is the difference between vitamin c & vitamin c bioflavanoids ? And which of them are safe to take if we are not eating vegies or fruits? Suggest

The vitamin C in: dietary supplements is usually in the form of ascorbic acid, but some supplements have other forms such as sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, other mineral ascorbates, and ascorbic acid with bioflavanoids. Research has not shown that any form is better than the other forms. All are safe, but eating fruits and veggies is WAY better!! Please eat them:) ...Read more

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Are the Vit A levels in prenatal vitamins too high to consume when taking prenatals and not pregnant? I was told anything around 5000 iu is not safe

Are the Vit A levels in prenatal vitamins too high to consume when taking prenatals and not pregnant? I was told anything around 5000 iu is not safe

Vit a : you are correct. Most prenatal vitamins limit vit a to about 3000-4000iU which is need by breastfeeding moms. 5000 seems to high to me as well. Nice link on Vit A and preg below. Hope this helps http://www.babycenter.com/0_vitamin-a-in-your-pregnancy-diet_675.bc ...Read more

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Should we consume vitamn pills daily or get our nutrients from food? What are the necessary pills to stock up? I only take vitamin C and calcium

Should we consume vitamn pills daily or get our nutrients from food? What are the necessary pills to stock up? I only take vitamin C and calcium

Variety of food!: Nutrients are best when from fresh food which is processed as little as possible. There is no real proof that any vitamins or supplements are better, when compared to food, for overall health (except for specific deficiencies). Learn what's in the food you eat, and enjoy it! ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat foods with msg while pregnant?

Is it safe to eat foods with msg while pregnant?

Msg: Msg is considered safe to add in food products as per fda, however some people have reactions to msg including fast heartrate. ...Read more

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