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Is it safe to take vitamin a while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin a while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Too much vitamin a can be dangerous. Take one adult multivitamin which will have a safe level of vitamin a and eat a balanced healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fish. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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 safe to take vitamin b7 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin b7 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: You will have enough vitamin b7 in your adult multivitamin. The best way to get all vitamins and minerals is through your diet. Good sources of vitamin b7 are chicken and fish. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin b3 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin b3 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Niacin (vitamin b3) is classified with a "c" rating for pregnancy (a being the safest) because there has been fetal harm in animal studies. There is insufficient data in humans but you should avoid supplementation. You should be taking prenatal vitamins which contain a safe amount of Niacin and plenty of folic acid. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin B9 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin B9 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Important to take!: Not only is vitamin B9 (more commonly known as folic acid) safe to take but is considered the most important vitamin to take during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects. It is especially important to take in the first weeks of pregnancy. Many people can't convert Folic Acid to the active form, 5-mthf, so to be very safe it may be wise to take the 5-mthf form. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin C while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin C while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: You can take vit c supplements while pregnant or breastfeeding but you should not exceed recommended dosing. You will get more with eating lots of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin c. Our bodies absorb vitamins much better when presented in unprocessed foods. Plus if you are taking a multivitamin everyday that will also have vitamin c in it. Too many vtiamin supplements are not good. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin B6 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin B6 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Vitamin b6 is very safe, though there is evidence that doses over 200 mg can occasionally cause neuropathy. However, there is no good reason to take doses higher than 200 mg. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin b5 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin b5 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: The requirement is highest during these times. It is always in prenatal vitamins. Since only one isomer is active it may be best to get additional amounts from food sources such as meat, avocados, and royal jelly. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take prenatal vitamins if I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding anymore? I stopped breastfeeding recently but still have vitamins left.

Is it okay if I take prenatal vitamins if I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding anymore? I stopped breastfeeding recently but still have vitamins left.

Prenatal vitamins: It's good to continue with prenatal vitamins after the delivery and completion of breast feeding to make up for the loss of these elements during the pregnancy and breast feeding. In spite of the name prenatal vitamins they can be used after the pregnancy and breast feelings are over as they are excellent source for Iron and vitamins . ...Read more

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vitamin d deficiency for at least 3 years then got pregnant august 2013 and been breastfeeding 8 months can my osteoporosis be related to this?

 vitamin d deficiency for at least 3 years then got pregnant august 2013 and been breastfeeding 8 months can my osteoporosis be related to this?

Osteoporosis: Regrettably yes but extremely unlikely. If you have had a DXA study was it normal? If not you will need a full osteoporosis work up by a very competent Endocrinologist and Spine Surgeon. Why is this unlikely? Because only 15 women have developed osteoporosis after pregnancy over the past 5 years. See the doctors and I am confident you will be fine and thoroughly enjoy your ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat foods rich in vitamin a while pregnant. Foods like carrot, sweet potatoes etc. Thank you.?

Is it safe to eat foods rich in vitamin a while pregnant. Foods like carrot, sweet potatoes etc. Thank you.?

Yes: You are concerned about the birth defect warning for carotenoid containing medications like retinol cream. The concentration of product in these is high and thus the risk. The amount of vitamin a in all vegetable foods and the the of vitamin a in these foods is easily handled properly by your digestive and metabolism systems so there is no harm to the developing fetus. ...Read more

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How much vitamin a should you take if pregnant?

Vit. A & pregnancy: Dose is 5, 000 international units daily. ...Read more

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Can i take vitamin a and d tablets if pregnant?

Can i take vitamin a and d tablets if pregnant?

Yes, but not much A: Vitamin a is important for the visual health of your baby but too much in early pregnancy is hazardous- women taking more than 10, 000 units in the 1st 7 weeks had a 1.7% risk of birth defects. 4000 units is safe & beta carotene is safe in any amount. A relatively high dose of 4000 units vit d has been shown to reduce gestational diabetes, preterm birth & other pregnancy complications-see comment:. ...Read more

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How long after taking a high dose of vitamin a is it safe to get pregnant? (i took an average of 26, 000 iu's for about 4.5 months).

VIt A and Pregnancy: Somewhat controversial. One study indicated that intakes of 10000 iu or more should not be taken for 7 weeks prior to a pregnancy attempt. Once pregnant, a minimum amount of vit a is essential - 3-4000 iu. Women taking smaller amounts of vit a prior to pregnancy - in the 3-6000 range had very minimal risks. Remember that you get vit a not only from vitamins themselves, but also from foods you eat. ...Read more

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How long after discontinuation of 100,000IU vitamin A daily for 3 months is safe to get pregnant without causing birth defects?

How long after discontinuation of 100,000IU vitamin A daily for 3 months is safe to get pregnant without causing birth defects?

Measure/monitor w MD: 29 year female asks, How long after discontinuation of 100,000 IU vitamin A for 3 months is safe to get pregnant without causing birth defects because high synthetic Vitamin A >10,000 IU increases the risk for birth defect many folds especially early in pregnancy 7 or 8 weeks. Cos Vit A is Fat soluble the amount in storage is unpredictable. Measure Blood level vit A & Monitor closely with your MD ...Read more

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How long should you wait after taking a high dose of oral vitamin a supplements for acne for about 6 months, before it is safe to get pregnant?

How long should you wait after taking a high dose of oral vitamin a supplements for acne for about 6 months, before it is safe to get pregnant?

You should be fine: It's the mother that shouldn't take vitamin a analogues for acne. I also hope that your husband isn't self-medication with store-bought vitamin a; this is dangerous. A dermatologist can offer Accutane which will clear him up; it's related to vitamin a. Double-check with your dermatologist, but the scare stories seem to be generated by tort lawyers. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pregnant to eat animal's liver cuz I heard that the liver contains a large amount of vitamin A which is responsible for birth defects?

Is it safe for a pregnant to eat animal's liver cuz I heard that the liver contains a large amount of vitamin A which is responsible for birth defects?

Vitamin A: If you were a chronic consumer of calf or beef liver, the accumulated Vitamin A could be a problem. If you aren't eating it every day, it's a good source of iron and other nutrients. ...Read more

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Healthy eater and take vitamins to breastfeed my 8 week twins. Easy to get pregnant again as a result? Want another in 1 year. BC not an option

Healthy eater and take vitamins to breastfeed my 8 week twins. Easy to get pregnant again as a result? Want another in 1 year. BC not an option

Pregnancy & twins: If you don't use even barrier contraceptives such as vaginal films or condoms, you are almost certain to get pregnant again before the one year mark. Consider that twin are more than a "handful"(two hands-smile) and you are breast feeding which requires extra energy use. Why not consider contraception temporarily to give you and your body a chance to adjust to "double trouble". ...Read more

Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more