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Should I Chew Or Swallow Prenatal Vitamins
Is it safe to crush prenatal vitamins and put them in my food? The pill is too big to swallow whole
Yes: That will be absolutely fine to get your daily dose of vitamins. Best wishes Dr M
Ideally with 5-MTHF: Most prenatals are fairly similar but there's a subtle yet important difference. About 30% of people can't convert Folic Acid to its active form, l-5-mthf, so to be on the safe side it's best to take one with that form like prenatal nutrients (pure encapsulations), basic prenatal (thorne) or prenatal pro (designs for health). These also have biotin, which is important, & natural e, not synthetic.
Before pregnancy!: If you are planning on getting pregnant then it is wise to start prenatal vitamins before you are pregnant to assure you are getting adequate Folic Acid to prevent a birth defect called neural tube defect. Most people don't know they are pregnant until the fetus is 2-3 weeks old. It is crucial to have adequate Folic Acid in those initial days of development, so don't wait until you know for sure!See 3 more doctor answers
Any way: Chewables or tablet form, as long as you can tolerate taking the vitamins, that is what is important. Prenatal vitamins are SUPPLEMENTS to a healthy, well-balanced diet. In addition, if you are planning to conceive, best to start a prenatal or multivitamin supplement (extra folic acid) 2-3 months prior to conception and throughout the first trimester. I personally prefer DHA in the prenatals.See 1 more doctor answer
Its fine: No, it will be fine. It just might upset your stomach.
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Sure: Yes it is. Good wishes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Thicker juice: Try swollowing vits with thicker juice such as v-8. Works much better.
No: Prenatal vitamins contain the exact amount of daily vitamins that are essential for you and the baby, to the contrary, multivitamins may contain more of some certain vitamins that may not be safe.See 2 more doctor answers
Regular multi vit: Try a regular multiple vitamin with minerals it is about the same thing.
Trial and error.: Sure, many women report that prenatal vitamins increase their nausea. You can decide which pnv brand best suits your needs and causes the least nausea; many of my patients like the walgreen's pnvs. Centrum specialist pnvs are probably the best product. If you cannot tolerate any, you can simply take 1-5 mg of folic acid, 325 mg of ferrous sulfate, and 1-2 grams of calcium daily orally instead.
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