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Vitamin E During Pregnancy How Much
Prenatal vitamins seem to have 30-100 iu of vitamin E but i thought vitamin E wasn't safe in excess mounts during pregnancy. How much is too much?
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
Is it ok to use rose hip oil and vitamin E oil during pregnancy? I heard rose hip oil is high vitamin a. Is this beta carotene based?
Yes: No more than 10, 000 iu of preformed vitamin a should be taken during pregnancy but preformed vitamin a is only found in animal foods (meat, eggs, dairy). There are no vegetarian sources of actual vitamin a- any "vitamin a" said to be in those foods are from carotenes and those are very safe in pregnancy. See http://www.Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women.Html. ...Read more
I'm taking a pre Natal vitamin right now. Can I also take a b complex on top of it during pregnancy? Is it safe to take that much?
Prenatal vitamins: When it comes to medications, supplements, nutrition, exercise, etc, it's always best to check w/your obstetrician and/or family doc. Prenatal vitamins have more folate (folic acid) than regular multivitamins to minimize risk of spinal tube defects in developing fetuses. For best results, start PNV while trying to get pregnant, not just after, since spinal tube develops early b4 1st missed period. ...Read more
Probably not enough!: Most adults need to take about 5000 iu of vit. D3 to achieve optimal levels. However, in spring & summer if you spend time in the midday sun without sunscreen you don't need to take any. In general people don't get toxic unless taking at least 40, 000 iu/day for months, so vit d has a wide margin of safety. I advise taking vit a & k along with d for maximum benefits. Limit a to 5000 iu if pregnant. ...Read more
No: Nutrition is so important during pregnancy & extra doses of some vitamins are helpful (such as folic acid, b9) but certain vitamins can be toxic in too high doses. “fat soluble” vitamins, once absorbed by the body, cannot be easily discharged if their levels are too high. Extremely high levels of vitamin a may cause birth defects. There is a rare link with extreme vitamin e & infant heart defects. ...Read more
Calcium, Folic Acid: & iron. Get in healthy proteins like red & black beans, chickpeas, fish (low mercury), poultry (75 to 100 gm of protein/ day). Calcium (1, 000 mg per day) with tofu, almonds, dairy products or eggs. Iron (27mg/day) from whole grains & green leafy veggies. Folic acid (600 to 800 mg/day with foods like melon, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries & turnips. ...Read more
Better to take: Pnvs have benefits to both baby and mother- for moms, ensuring that depletion of iron, calcium and other nutrients is prevented is key. For babies, having folic acid, also calcium/ iron, and other essential nutrients fosters optimum growth and can help to prevent some birth defects. If moms don't take pnvs, they are missing out on these benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folic Acid, Iron &: Calcium. Take a prenatal vitamin. Get in healthy proteins like red & black beans, chickpeas, fish (low mercury), poultry (75 to 100 gm of protein/ day). Calcium (1, 000 mg per day) with tofu, almonds, dairy products or eggs. Iron (27mg/day) from whole grains & green leafy veggies. Folic acid (600 to 800 mg/day with foods like melon, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries & turnips. ...Read more
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