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Can you double up on prenatals?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
13 doctors agree

In brief: NO-Think of the baby

After a baby is born, would a parent give it a double dose of any medication, including vitamins? We doubt it.
Physicians prescribe them based on the benefits vs risk for mom+fetus and the dosage determined by the best information available. If there is doubt about the drug or dose, the prescribing physician should be consulted. All medications, otc and herbal products should be discussed with ob.

In brief: NO-Think of the baby

After a baby is born, would a parent give it a double dose of any medication, including vitamins? We doubt it.
Physicians prescribe them based on the benefits vs risk for mom+fetus and the dosage determined by the best information available. If there is doubt about the drug or dose, the prescribing physician should be consulted. All medications, otc and herbal products should be discussed with ob.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Agree; even what you may think of as innocous should be discussed with your OB/Gyn before you take it. Have had plenty of patients who thought 'an old home remedy' was innocent; until they ran into problems.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
A DEFNITE NO-NO!!! It will not benefit you any bit but cause trouble from side effects and overdosing. May possibly harm your baby, too.
David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: More is not better

Many vitamins are toxic when taken in excess.
Even under normal conditions, vitamin toxicity is very dangerous, much more so when you are pregnant. Better to just use the recommended doses as directed by your doctor.

In brief: More is not better

Many vitamins are toxic when taken in excess.
Even under normal conditions, vitamin toxicity is very dangerous, much more so when you are pregnant. Better to just use the recommended doses as directed by your doctor.
David Miller
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessary

It is not necessary, nor is there any health benefit from doubling up the prenatal vitamins.
In fact, some early studies had shown that taking excess Folic Acid (>1 mg/day) may be detrimental to the fetus. It really isn't necessary to double up.

In brief: Not necessary

It is not necessary, nor is there any health benefit from doubling up the prenatal vitamins.
In fact, some early studies had shown that taking excess Folic Acid (>1 mg/day) may be detrimental to the fetus. It really isn't necessary to double up.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine

In brief: Why?

What's the reason in doing so? It gives no health benefit for any reason.
You are risking a chance of having more adverse GI effects from it. Also, if you're taking it not being pregnant, a recently published finnish study showed a 4% increase in deaths for those taking multivitamins for no "good reason".

In brief: Why?

What's the reason in doing so? It gives no health benefit for any reason.
You are risking a chance of having more adverse GI effects from it. Also, if you're taking it not being pregnant, a recently published finnish study showed a 4% increase in deaths for those taking multivitamins for no "good reason".
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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