Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins? Should I take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?

Not required by FDA. Discuss this with your gynecologist. Depending on your gynecologist's interpretation of the literature, medical association/society recommendations he/she follows, and your diet the proper recommendation will be made.

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If I only drink coconut milk during my pregnancy will I need to take additional vitamin d and calcium besides what is provided in prenatal vitamins?

Coconut milk has. sugars in it, and is not a high source for Vitamin D3 and calcium. What is most important is taking your prenatal vitamins, and having a diet rich in vegetables that are high in trace minerals including calcium. Organic preferred, and green leafy or cooked veges. Use the milk sparingly as it is carbohydrate rich, and can increase sugar levels. Work with your doctor on this, and your nutritionist. Read more...

Is it safe to take trader joe's prenatal vitamins (which include herbs) both before and during pregnancy?

Yes. Yes. You can always ask the store on-line or the store manager what degree of pharmaceutical, manufacturing, or fda supervision such products have. Read more...

Is it bad to not take the prenatal vitamins during pregnancy?

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 more...
Vitamins help. Prenatal vitamins provide beneficial nutrients. Especially if you have a poor diet. The only time I have patients not take them is if they have vomiting. If patients can not tolerate a pill we use a liquid or chewable vitamin. The most important nutrient is Folic Acid which prevents defects of the spine. Read more...