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are multi-vitamins ok in pregnancy?

(17 Posts)
5aday Fri 23-Feb-07 20:54:18

I usually take a one-a-day multivitamin, have just found out I'm pregnant. Should I stop taking the vitamins or are they ok? Do I really need to change to pregnancy vitamins?


lulumama Fri 23-Feb-07 20:54:57

take a pregnancy vitamin ,with folic acid in it instead, like pregnacare x

Gingerbear Fri 23-Feb-07 20:55:39

multivit has too much vit A in for PG.

isaidno Fri 23-Feb-07 20:56:02

multivits usually contain vit A, too much of which should be avoided.

bristols Fri 23-Feb-07 20:56:32

I don't think they're recommended in pregnancy. Maybe something to do with the vitamin A content. I took the pregnancy ones which have the right amount of Folic Acid in them while I was pregnant. You can always go back to the multi vits afterwards. HTH. Also... Congratulations!!

bristols Fri 23-Feb-07 20:57:27

Oops, x with lulu, ginger and isaidno!

tulip27 Fri 23-Feb-07 21:00:03

Too much vitamin A must be avoided as is toxic to the baby, ( just asked my husband who is docter) random quote that he just said also is that polar bears are the only species to be able to take vit a in pregnancy how weired is that?

5aday Fri 23-Feb-07 21:00:51

thanks ladies. I am taking Folic acid. I did wonder about the vit A in multi-vitamin. I did stop taking it when I got BFP but just thought I would check with the wise women of mumsnet that I wasn't being over-protective

Thanks again

5aday Fri 23-Feb-07 21:01:32

very random fact Tulip - I'm going to quote that so often now

Gingerbear Fri 23-Feb-07 21:01:44

tulip, tell your DH he would be Quite Useful in a pub quiz!

gothicmama Fri 23-Feb-07 21:02:41

yes stop taking them if they contain vitamin A buy ones that are especially formulated for pregnant women

asur Fri 23-Feb-07 21:16:13

I used Sanatogen Pro-natal during my preg just to be safe. Sorry to steal thread but can I just ask, are pregnancy vitamins essential? AND why are they SO expensive?!

lulumama Fri 23-Feb-07 21:18:17

i would say that if you eat a balanced diet, then no, same when you are not pregnant, but folic acid definitely and taking a natural supplement to keep iron levels up, like spatone or floridex is probably a good idea

but if you are going to take something when pregnant, needs to be designed for pregnancy

as for the expense...captive market?

asur Fri 23-Feb-07 21:24:11

Lulumama, you are a very wise woman I always read things you say and nod and wonder why I didn't think of that...

lulumama Fri 23-Feb-07 21:28:34

thanks asur.. i try to offer sensible advice, good to know i am making sense x

JanH Fri 23-Feb-07 21:35:29

I believe polar bear liver is toxic because there is so much Vit A in it, so don't eat any, ladies, OK?

Is standard multi-vit really too much A for pg? I got through all my pgs without being bunged up by nasty iron tablets just with OTC multi-vit+iron, taken with oj. And I used to eat liver once a week because you did then.

Fingerscrossed2007 Fri 23-Feb-07 23:32:34

lots of NHS profs recomend Boots and tesco as a good place to buy cheap multi-vits specifically for preg women. pretyy much half the price of pregncacare.

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