Vitamins?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by Bellylicious, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Bellylicious

    Bellylicious Well-Known Member

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    Hey what vitamins are everyone taking? Im currently taking Elevit, Clinicals fish oil, and Vitamin D.

    Before I was pregnant I was a bit obsessed with the vitamins but as soon as I found out I was pregnant I stopped nearly everything.

    But Im wondering are these safe?
    Vitamin E,
    Inner health probiotics,
    Calcium with magnesium,
    Silica,
    Cranberry tablets

    Thanks
     
  2. XKatX

    XKatX Well-Known Member

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    How pregnant are you hun? Why don't you try taking a specialist pregnancy vitamin? That way you know that your taking the right vitamins in the right quantities.
    I take Pregnacare - it can be taken all the way thrugh until you have finished breastfeeding.
     
  3. Bellylicious

    Bellylicious Well-Known Member

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    About 27 weeks. Elevit is specially formulated for before preg, during and breastfeeding.But I just wondering is it safe to take a few extra.
     
  4. XKatX

    XKatX Well-Known Member

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    If it is specially formulated, then it should have all you need and you shoudn't require any extra. If you're not sure, ask your midwife.
     
  5. MrsP

    MrsP Mummy to Eleanor & Henry

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    I don't take any now, before falling pregnant I was taking pregnacare and Evening Oil of Primrose, but once I fell my doctor asked me to stop everything and only take suppliments if my bloods showed I was lacking in something.

    x x
     
  6. Sarah81

    Sarah81 Well-Known Member

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    I'm taking Sanatogen Pronatal - have been since before conception and all the way through. Similar to the Pregnacare, they are safe to take right through breastfeeding and beyond if you like!
     
  7. bibswy

    bibswy MUMMY OF 2!

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    Sanatogen Pronatal for me plus omega capsules
     
  8. sammie18

    sammie18 Mommy to Allison

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    Im taking Onesource Prenatal
     
  9. elm

    elm Mama

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    I'm taking -

    Optimum (a multivit that's supposed to be abosrbed as food would be)
    Calcium
    Flax Seed Oil (I'm vegetarian so want to make sure I'm getting my Omegas)
    Multi-mineral (every other day)

    Think Vitamin A is the main one to stay clear of isn't it?
     
  10. sammie18

    sammie18 Mommy to Allison

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    Why do I need vitamin A during pregnancy?
    Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the liver, is important for your baby's embryonic development; cell growth; eye, heart, limb, and ear development; healthy skin and mucous membranes; infection resistance; bone growth; and fat metabolism. Vitamin A is particularly essential for pregnant women because it helps with postpartum tissue repair, as well as maintaining normal vision and helping fight off infections.

    How much vitamin A do I need?
    According to the government, you need to get about 770 micrograms RAE of vitamin A each day during pregnancy. (This is approximately equal to 2,565 IU.) While you're nursing, your needs increase to 1,300 mcg RAE (4,330 IU) per day.

    Note that the government recently changed the units they use to measure vitamin A from "retinol equivalents" (REs) to a more accurate measurement called "retinol activity equivalents" (which is expressed as mcg RAE). They also continue to express amounts of vitamin A in international units (IU), since those are the units used on vitamin labels. So we'll use both.

    Actually, it's easy to get plenty of vitamin A from the average American diet, since it's widely available in meat, dairy, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals in the form of "preformed vitamin A" as well as in most fruits and vegetables in the form of beta-carotene (a nutrient that gets converted to vitamin A by your body as needed).

    The trick during pregnancy is not to get too much of the preformed vitamin A, which in high doses can cause birth defects and liver toxicity. The government considers 3,000 mcg RAE (10,000 IU) the maximum amount of preformed vitamin A that you should get from supplements, animal sources, and fortified foods each day. (NOTE: You can still get as much beta-carotene as you want from fruits and vegetables.)

    This is one important reason why you shouldn't double up on your prenatal vitamins or take any supplements that your practitioner doesn't recommend. Most prenatal vitamins contain at least part of their vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, but some over-the-counter brands and other kinds of multi-vitamins contain excessive amounts of preformed vitamin A, so check the labels or show them to your practitioner before taking them.

    One more thing: The risk of birth defects from getting too much vitamin A is also the reason that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should stay away from the prescription acne drug isotretinoin (also known by the brand name Accutane, among others) and other drugs related to retinol (a compound of vitamin A), including topical tretinoin (Retin-A), a cream that's used for skin conditions.
     
  11. Sarahkka

    Sarahkka Mama to Two Fine Boys!

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    I'm taking Jamiesons prenatal vitamin (a horsepill!), plus 1-2 1000 ius of Vit .D, and a DHA supplement. I checked all of them out with my clinic and did online research first. I read one paper that figures we preggos should be taking about 3x the regular amount of Vit. D, but Vit. D is the new wonder vitamin, and I think we'll be hearing a lot more about it in the next few years, probably both positive and negative as the inevitable waves of contradictory studies come out!
    Moderation is the key, I think.
    I also think it's important to consult your doctor, but also do your own research - doctors don't always have time to keep up with the latest news on stuff.
     

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