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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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Can non-pregnant women take lactating prenatal vitamins? If, so are there any side effects.

Dr. Matt Wachsman
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Can non-pregnant women take lactating prenatal vitamins? If, so are there any side effects.

There is a: wide safety margin on vitamins. Check the ingredients; these particular vitamins will tend to have a bit more calcium but otherwise not that different and a wide safety margin. except for costing more, not really a problem. Thru the main page, you can connect directly to me to ask more detailed questions http://www.nerdpocalypse.net ...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


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

Dr. Hector Chapa
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can a 17 year old take prenatal vitamins if not pregnant but to help with hair growth?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Ted Anderson
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When do I stop taking prenatal vitamins if your not pregnant?

Dr. Ted Anderson
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When do I stop taking prenatal vitamins if your not pregnant?

Good to take anytime: While prenatal vitamins are formulated for the needs of pregnancy, they are excellent general vitamins. The iron in the prenatal vitamins can cause some constipation so fiber in your diet is a good thing. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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Can you take prenatal vitamins even if your not pregnant/not trying to get pregnant? Are there any benefits

Dr. Sheila Calderon
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Can you take prenatal vitamins even if your not pregnant/not trying to get pregnant? Are there any benefits

Not helpful: The prenatal vitamins will not help you get pregnant. They are not made for people not pregnant and you should discuss with your doctor if you think you are deficient in some way. A healthy diet is important for good health. Balanced meals are better than any vitamins and you want to incorporate that in personal life style ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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

Dr. James Rochester
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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

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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Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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Is it bad to take prenatal vitamins everyday, if I'm not pregnant?

Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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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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Dr. George Valdez
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Is it ok to take prenatal vitamins if your not pregnant?

Dr. George Valdez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Yes: It's actually better to take them before pregnant to prevent birth defects. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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If i take more prenatal vitamins than i post to what can happen and i'm not pregnant?

Dr. Donald Alves
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Is there really no issue for me to take prenatal vitamins if i'm not pregnant?

Dr. Yash Khanna
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Is there really no issue for me to take prenatal vitamins if i'm not pregnant?

Yes it is safe: Yes it is safe to take.

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