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Myths About Prenatal Vitamins

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Updated May 23, 2014

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Prenatal vitamins are a great idea. These pills are great sources of vitamins and minerals for pregnant women. The problem comes when we have misconceptions about prenatal vitamins. Here are some of the most common myths about prenatal vitamins:


  • Prenatal vitamins are a cure all.
    There is no doubt about it - prenatal vitamins are great as supplements. The real issue at stake is that we believe that we can have poor nutrition fixed by popping a pill. Even when that pill is a great prenatal vitamin, it's not going to do anything but boost your nutrition. Remember, the better your nutrition, the more you will get out of your prenatal vitamin.
  • You have to use a prescription prenatal vitamin.
    While drug companies would love you to believe that their prenatal vitamin is the only thing that will really work, most prenatal vitamins will work for most women, with a few exceptions. There are many over-the-counter prenatal vitamins that work really well. If you are in doubt, bring your bottle with you to your next visit with your doctor or midwife.
  • You have to use a prenatal vitamin.
    There are also some good multivitamins available that are safe in pregnancy. You need to ensure that it has an adequate amount of folic acid and the appropriate amounts of other vitamins and minerals. Some vitamins, like Vitamin A, in high doses, can actually cause birth defects. Though if you have trouble taking regular prenatal vitamins, many practitioners will recommend other variations on the traditional prenatal vitamin.
  • You need to take it before pregnancy or it does not good.
    This one is actually only partially a myth. You should begin taking a prenatal vitamin before you want to become pregnant, hopefully at least several months before you become pregnant. If you fall into that category of becoming pregnant prior to taking vitamins, it is still advisable that you begin taking prenatals immediately as there are still benefits to be had.
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