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Doctor insights on: Prenatal Vitamins Vs Multivitamins

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What is the difference between prenatal vitamins and a normal multivitamins?

What is the difference between prenatal vitamins and a normal multivitamins?

More folate, (folic acid) calcium: Pnv have slightly different composition from regular multivitamins: they contain less vitamin a (potentially teratogenic in high doses), more folic acid, more iron and calcium. ...Read more

Multivitamin (Definition)

Multivitamin is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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Also, does it matter that I take specifically prenatal vitamins or can I just take a regular woman's multivitamin?

Also, does it matter that I take specifically prenatal vitamins or can I just take a regular woman's multivitamin?

You can take regular: If you are not pregnant you can take regular womans vitamins if you need them. ...Read more

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I've been nursing for over a year now. Is it safe if I switch to regular multivitamins from prenatal vitamins?

I've been nursing for over a year now. Is it safe if I switch to regular multivitamins from prenatal vitamins?

Yes: Summer, the primary purpose of prenatal vitamins is to make sure that the baby has enough folate to assist neural development. Regular multivitamins should be fine now. Make sure your baby is getting the right supplementation, though. Human milk tends to be deficient in Vitamin D and Iron. Speak with your baby's doctor about the right supplements. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take adult multivitamin gummies while pregnant if prenatal vitamins won't stay down?

Is it ok to take adult multivitamin gummies while pregnant if prenatal vitamins won't stay down?

Not best plan...: Some vitamins are not safe in pregnancy in high doses. For this reason its best to avoid regular adult vitamins because the dose may be too high. There are gummy prenatal vitamins if that is what you are able to hold down. They are sold at places like CVS, Wallmart and Amazon. Com. Best wishes! ...Read more

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On bc pills&want to take prenatal vitamins in place of a regular multivitamin, will it affect my period making it last longer or affect it at all?

On bc pills&want to take prenatal vitamins in place of a regular multivitamin, will it affect my period making it last longer or affect it at all?

No diference: You may take either one. A prenatal vitamin is simply a multivitamin with the appropriate level for pregnant women. Vitamins are not related to your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What are the negative consequences of taking prenatal vitamins in place of a multi vitamin?

No it is not bad: No it is not bad but you can also take any multivitamins in place of prenatal vitamins. ...Read more

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Should my wife take prenatal vitamins or multi vitamin when she pregnant?

Should my wife take prenatal vitamins or multi vitamin when she pregnant?

Prenatals: As indicated by their name, prenatal vitamins are the preferred vitamin supplementation in women who are pregnant. Prenatals provide the prescribed optimal dosages of vitamins for both mother and child. Also, prenatal vitamins have the correct amount of Folic Acid which is critical for neurological development of the child. Prenatal vitamins should be continued after birth while nursing. ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitamins good for you?

Are prenatal vitamins good for you?

Being Pregnant: Yes. Of course. I would believe that the prenatal book you bought or got at the beginning of your pregnancy will advise you to take prenatal vitamins and most obs that I know also recommend this for their patients. ...Read more

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Why are prenatal vitamins important?

Why are prenatal vitamins important?

Many reasons.: The most important ingredient in prenatal vitamin formulations is folic acid, a b-complex agent that has been shown to prevent birth defects (mainlyopen neural tube defects, heart anomalies and preterm birth) and calcium.Vitamin d to assure proper fetal bone growth and avoid maternal bone loss. All reproductive-age women should be taking at least 1 mg folate daily even if they don't plan pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is taking expired prenatal vitamins safe?

No: It is never safe to take expired medication. In addition to any adverse effects, the ingredients probably are providing no benefit any longer. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't take any prenatal vitamins?

What happens if I don't take any prenatal vitamins?

Many things: If you are pregnant, the fetus gets its vitamins from you. If you have low levels, they will become even lower and you will have low energy levels. If the baby has low vitamin levels, it can lead to birth defects, especially low folate (folic acid) levels. This can lead to neural tube defects. Vitamins play a very complex role in the body. If your doctor recommends a pnv, I would take it. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins cause nausea?

Can prenatal vitamins cause nausea?

Yes: Absolutely they can cause nausea. Be sure to take them on a full stomach, as this can help. If the nausea persists, try a different prenatal vitamin. There are many to choose from. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins cause cramps?

Can prenatal vitamins cause cramps?

No.: They shouldn't cause cramping. Make sure you stay hydrated and get some exercise! ...Read more

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Do prenatal vitamins cause bloating?

Do prenatal vitamins cause bloating?

Prenatal vit: Some prental vitamins can have side effects like nausea, vomiting, bloating etc, it depends how you take them and what ingredients it has. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins cause diarrhea?

Can prenatal vitamins cause diarrhea?

Yes: It is possible that it might be the cause if you've started taking it and nothing else has changed in your diet. ...Read more

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Do prenatal vitamins contain hormones?

Do prenatal vitamins contain hormones?

Not usually: They vary a bit, but in general, most contain at least:
400 mcg of folic acid,
400 iu of vitamin d,
200 to 300 mg of calcium,
70 mg of vitamin c,
3 mg of thiamine,
2 mg of riboflavin,
20 mg of niacin,
6 mcg of vitamin b12,
10 mg of vitamin e,
15 mg of zinc,
17 mg of iron,
none of these is a hormone. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins help to conceive?

Can prenatal vitamins help to conceive?

Folic acid helps.: Folic acid enhances fertility to the point of increased risk for multiple gestation; it also decreases the risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. Finally, it prevents 75% of major cardiac anomalies and >90% of severe open neural tube defects (e.g. Anencephaly, spina bifida). Be sure to take 1-5 mg orally daily throughout your reproductive life (regardless of plans for pregnancy). ...Read more

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Could prenatal vitamins be causing nausea?

Could prenatal vitamins be causing nausea?

Yes: Vitamins can sometimes cause nausea, especially some b vitamins and zinc, both of which are found in prenatal vitamins. Try taking after a meal. If that does not work try a different brand- you may tolerate some more than others... ...Read more

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Should I chew or swallow prenatal vitamins?

Should I chew or swallow prenatal vitamins?

Either is fine: Whether you chew or swallow prenatal vitamins, should not effect the efficacy of the vitamin. Choose whichever method you are more comfortable with. ...Read more

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Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are good in general. We don't generally eat a balanced diet with all the minerals we need.
In particular prenatal vitamins have a high Folic Acid which prevents spinal cord defects in babies.
You can just take centrum sivler or a similar vitamin you buy in the store that is not prescrftption and get the same benefit. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins balance your hormones?

Prenatal Vitamins: No, but they contain folic acid 1 mg which has been shown to protect against neural tube defects such as spina bifida and contains iron and other vitamins and minerals needed by the mother for a healthy pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do prenatal vitamins require a prescription?

Do prenatal vitamins require a prescription?

No: There are perfectly good prenatal vitamins available over the counter. Just be sure to check with your doctor that there are adequate levels of vitamins such as folate (folic acid) in them. Also make sure they are labeled as prenatal vitamins...Other vitamins may have concentrations of certain components that are either too high to take or not recommended during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do prenatal vitamins help make hair grow faster?

Do prenatal vitamins help make hair grow faster?

Yes: Prenatal vitamins contain biotin which helps promote strong nails and hair growth. However, there are women who take prenatal vitamins but do not experience hair growth due to life's stressors, pregnancy, or abnormalities in their thyroid function. ...Read more

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Should I take codliver oil and prenatal vitamins?

Should I take codliver oil and prenatal vitamins?

Yes but...: You can take both but be sure that the cod-liver oil is independently tested to have no mercury, pcbs and dioxins. This is true for everyone but especially if you plan to get pregnant. ...Read more