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vitamins

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ch1134 Wed 03-Jun-15 22:12:42

I know to take folic acid and vitamin d for the first 12 weeks. After that, is it better to stop or carry on?
Thanks

TipTapWentTheCrab Thu 04-Jun-15 22:09:05

Yes, that's right!

NHS advice is that you should continue to take vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy and while/if you're breastfeeding. You need a 10 microgram daily dose of vitamin D, which is quite a lot so make sure you're taking the right supplement. (See www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/vitamins-minerals-supplements-pregnant.aspx#close)

There's no harm to continuing taking folic acid longer, it just isn't important. You can take a multivitamin if you want, but take one that's designed for pregnancy rather than being a general multi-vitamin. (This is because you shouldn't have much vitamin A when you're pregnant.) It will contain the right amount of vitamin D, so don't take that as a separate supplement as well.

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