How long should you take prenatal vitamins?
This is why doctors recommend that any woman who could get pregnant take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily, starting before conception and continuing for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy..
What are the side effects of taking prenatal vitamins when not pregnant?
The iron in prenatal vitamins may cause constipation, and some women complain of nausea. You also may have diarrhea, dark stools, low appetite, and stomach upset or cramps. Talk with your OB/GYN or midwife about any side effects you have from taking prenatal vitamins.
Can prenatal vitamins be harmful?
Prenatal vitamin side effects aren’t serious and can normally be managed with home remedies and changes in your diet. Tell your doctor if you have serious prenatal vitamin side effects. Taking too many prenatal vitamins or other supplements can be harmful for you and your growing baby.
When can I stop taking prenatal vitamins?
And don’t quit your prenatal vitamins after birth—pop them for at least four to six weeks after, or until you stop breastfeeding, to protect both you and your baby from nutrient depletion and to start your first months together off right.
What happens if you miss a day of prenatal vitamins?
Yes prenatal vitamins are an important part of your pregnancy nutrition, but they are never a subtitute for a healty well balanced diet. If you forget your vitamins once in a while do not panic…and do not “double up” because they may make you feel sick or increase constipation.