What do you take as far as vitamins and supplements during pregnancy and why do you take them? I am always looking for ways to get my kids off to a great start.

Here's what I take:

  • Materna multi vitamin (pretty obvious)
  • 3 mg of extra folic acid (I have a family history of CHD and that apparently helps)
  • 2000 IU of Vitamin D (I am not a sun lover so I try and compensate)
  • 2 Omega 3 Capsules (I am not a fish eater)

I would love to know what everyone else does....

asked 02 Oct '09, 23:35

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edited 02 Oct '09, 23:39

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It looks like you've pretty much got it covered. As far as your Omegas are concerned, I actually take a complex of 3, 6 and 9 and I take six each day, on the advice of my cousin who is also a Naturopath. If you have any trouble with UTIs, which tend to worsen when you are pregnant, it would probably be a good idea to take a cranberry supplement, purely for your own comfort.


answered 03 Oct '09, 03:22

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Besides a multi vitamin, my mom bought me supplements called Juice Plus that I really liked. They are kinda pricey but taken from their website it: "helps you bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat, every day." I tried to eat pretty healthy, but I felt better taking these just in case I wasn't getting a large amount/variety. I was around sick people while I was pregnant and didn't get sick, who knows why, but I'd like to think my supplements helped keep me healthy. :)


answered 03 Oct '09, 05:20

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You may want to be careful with the vitamin D suppliment. 2000UI is A LOT. An "adequate" amount of Vit D for a pregnany woman is 200 UI, so you're supplimenting 10 times that on top of whatever you are getting from your diet, which sounds a bit keen!

According you this US government website, the 2000 UI is pushing the upper limit of tolerable intake for a pregnant woman. Given you'll get some from diet, sunlight and probably the multi-vitamin your one, you really may wish to consider cutting down! This reference also gives some conditions you may develop if you overdoes on Vit D.

Sorry to nag, but you really should check to see what is in the multi-vitamin as it probably contains enough folic acid too, the UK NHS recommend 0.4mg per day during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, so your 3mg (plus what is in the multi-vit) again seems a bit high.


answered 03 Oct '09, 19:45

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Here's why I take extra Folic Acid http://www.motherisk.org/women/folicAcid.jsp;jsessionid=B12F7A0F7AFFAD26FF312E43E1ADFE85

(04 Oct '09, 02:02) dreamerisme

I see your point on the Vitamin D and will look into what my multi has and possibly bring that down to 1000 IU

(04 Oct '09, 02:23) dreamerisme

Fair enough on the Folic acid. My concern was that taking a mixture of suppliments may mean you are taking more of something than you intended.

The main problem with a site such as this is that probably 99% of the people posting will have no medical training (me included!), so you'd be much better off asking your health carers (doctor/mid wife/health visitor etc) if there are specific family based risks you are trying to avoid.

(04 Oct '09, 18:34) Colin

I just take prenatals that I get at Target or GNC. I start taking them a week or two before we start trying, and stop taking them once I'm done breastfeeding. My OB says that's enough if I'm eating well, which I usually do...:)


answered 03 Oct '09, 20:09

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With my daughter, the prescription prenatal vitamins from my doctor made my morning sickness worse, so switched to Flintstones.

With my son, I was able to take the prescription all the way through the pregnancy and into while I was breastfeeding. Once they ran out, my regular doctor switched me to a multivitamin and a Vitamin D/Calcium supplement.

Through both pregnancies I had to take a Calcium supplement daily because I am lactose intolerant. I take a once-daily lactose intolerance treatment, but my diet doesn't have much dairy in it so my OB had me on the supplements as a precaution.


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