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What vitamins and supplements are good for my unborn baby?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Pre-natal vits

There are a number of vitamins that are important to take when you're pregnant and a healthy lifestyle and diet is very important the most important may be included in a good pre-natal vitamin that your obstetrician will prescribe for you.
Regular check-ups with your doctor are extremely important. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.

In brief: Pre-natal vits

There are a number of vitamins that are important to take when you're pregnant and a healthy lifestyle and diet is very important the most important may be included in a good pre-natal vitamin that your obstetrician will prescribe for you.
Regular check-ups with your doctor are extremely important. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Has to have folic acid
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
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In brief: Vitamins prenatally

A healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and smoking, a healthy life style are extremely important.
Follow the instructions of your obstetrician, take pre-natal vitamins daily as directed. Adding omega-3 foods e.g. Wild salmon, walnuts and sardines are also helpful.

In brief: Vitamins prenatally

A healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and smoking, a healthy life style are extremely important.
Follow the instructions of your obstetrician, take pre-natal vitamins daily as directed. Adding omega-3 foods e.g. Wild salmon, walnuts and sardines are also helpful.
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Several

Prenatal vits do not have enough vitamin d.
If a woman is going to breast feed, there will not be much vitamin d in the breast milk until she takes 5000-6000 iu of vit d daily. See the vitamindcouncil.Org. If not eating fish with omega 3, fish oil (not veg omega 3 which is not essential fatty acids) is important for brain. More than 50% of preg woman are iodine deficient , need 250-1000 mcg daily.

In brief: Several

Prenatal vits do not have enough vitamin d.
If a woman is going to breast feed, there will not be much vitamin d in the breast milk until she takes 5000-6000 iu of vit d daily. See the vitamindcouncil.Org. If not eating fish with omega 3, fish oil (not veg omega 3 which is not essential fatty acids) is important for brain. More than 50% of preg woman are iodine deficient , need 250-1000 mcg daily.
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Prenatal supp and...

Quality protein, lots of fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, low fat daily.
Pre natal vits generally have extra Folic Acid (prevent neuro birth defects, found in fruit, vegs, fortified flour), iron (meat sources better absorbed than veg sources, but also in beans, legumes, dark green leafy veg), calcium (dairy, tofu, fortified soymilk-careful w/intake, fortified rice/almond milk (but low inprotein, .

In brief: Prenatal supp and...

Quality protein, lots of fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, low fat daily.
Pre natal vits generally have extra Folic Acid (prevent neuro birth defects, found in fruit, vegs, fortified flour), iron (meat sources better absorbed than veg sources, but also in beans, legumes, dark green leafy veg), calcium (dairy, tofu, fortified soymilk-careful w/intake, fortified rice/almond milk (but low inprotein, .
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