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If I've gone a couple weeks without taking prenatal vitamins but would like to try again and start up again, is that ok? Considering I hadn't been

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

The data shows that prenatal vitamins should be taken before pregnancy to decrease the risk of spinal cord abnormalities in babies.
Most women in the US have an adequate diet, but 50% of pregnancies in this country are unplanned, so yes, you can restart the vitamin. There is no "withdrawal' if you stop suddenly, and no risk (other than stomach upset if you had any), to restarting.

In brief: Absolutely

The data shows that prenatal vitamins should be taken before pregnancy to decrease the risk of spinal cord abnormalities in babies.
Most women in the US have an adequate diet, but 50% of pregnancies in this country are unplanned, so yes, you can restart the vitamin. There is no "withdrawal' if you stop suddenly, and no risk (other than stomach upset if you had any), to restarting.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ok.

Why you did stopped them? Any medical reason or just forgot? Ok to restart taking them but do not take excessive dosis to compensate the lack of them in the past.

In brief: Ok.

Why you did stopped them? Any medical reason or just forgot? Ok to restart taking them but do not take excessive dosis to compensate the lack of them in the past.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I don't see any reason why you couldn't start taking prenatal vitamins just because you didn't take it for a couple of weeks.
If you are pregnant, you should at least be taking folic acid.

In brief: Yes

I don't see any reason why you couldn't start taking prenatal vitamins just because you didn't take it for a couple of weeks.
If you are pregnant, you should at least be taking folic acid.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If a woman is pregnant, it is important for her to take prenatal vitamins as the prescription was originally written by the prescribing physician.
If some are missed, there is no safe way to "catch up" so informing the OB that 14 or so were missed and taking supplements as directed would be important.

In brief: Yes

If a woman is pregnant, it is important for her to take prenatal vitamins as the prescription was originally written by the prescribing physician.
If some are missed, there is no safe way to "catch up" so informing the OB that 14 or so were missed and taking supplements as directed would be important.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Pam Yoder
We all forget sometimes. Try to establish a habit of taking them at the same time each day. Place notes around to remind you to take them. If there are children in your home, that is safer than leaving out the bottle.
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