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What are the side effects of parental vitamin if your not pregnant and don't plan to be?

What are the side effects of parental vitamin if your not pregnant and don't plan to be?

Prenatals?: Did you mean "prenatal vitamins"? If you take prenatals and are not pregnant, there is no serious adverse events. The most common side effect is occasssional constipation and mild nausea due to the iron content in them. Prenatals are a great suppliment but do contain higher iron than others. I recommend prenatals that have a stool softener as well as omega-3. ...Read more

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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 a 17 year old take prenatal vitamins if not pregnant but to help with hair growth?

Can a 17 year old take prenatal vitamins if not pregnant but to help with hair growth?

It is safe: It is safe for a non-pregnant woman of child bearing age to take a pre-natal vitamin. I'm not so sure it is going to help a whole lot with your hair growth. Hair growth depends on many factors, just one of them being adequate vitamin intake. So i wouldn't do this thinking it's the magic bullet to long hair. ...Read more

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When do I stop taking prenatal vitamins if your not pregnant?

When do I stop taking prenatal vitamins if your not pregnant?

After breastfeeding: Prenatal vitamins are great overall vitamins, but are especially formulated to provide nutrients needed to support a pregnancy. All of that goodness is still necessary when you are breast-feeding, so continue them for sure for as long as you breastfeed your baby. After that, it's your choice as to whether or not to continue supplementation. ...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 thinking of taking prenatal vitamins for hair/etc (not pregnant). Is this safe?

I'm thinking of taking prenatal vitamins for hair/etc (not pregnant). Is this safe?

Prenatals are safe: Generally speaking, taking prenatal vitamins are safe. The extra folate (folic acid) can also help prevent birth defects, so prenatals are a very good idea when trying to conceive (before getting pregnant). ...Read more

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