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When should I start taking prenatal vitamins?

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Updated May 16, 2014

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Prenatal vitamins are well known for pregnancy. So, the big question is when do you start taking them for the healthiest pregnancy possible?

Taking them while you're trying to conceive is always great and can help try to prevent birth defects. If you have had a preconception check up, your midwife or doctor has probably already suggested that you begin taking prenatal vitamins. They may have even given you a prescription or suggestion for which brand to buy.

If you have just found out that you're pregnant, you can start immediately to take the prenatal vitamins. If your appointment isn't for awhile, call your provider to ask them for advice. If they do not have a suggestion or ask you to wait you can find generic prenatal multivitamins at the local drug store or grocery store.

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