Medications, Vitamins & Supplements  

Your doctor will review any medications you may be taking including prescription, over-the-counter medications, herbal products, vitamins, or nutritional supplements. Some medications are not safe to use during pregnancy and may need to be discontinued or changed to ensure a safer pregnancy.

Tell your doctor about any herbal products, vitamins, or nutritional supplements you are taking. Some vitamins can be harmful if taken in high doses and have been shown to cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Examples are iron, chromium, selenium and vitamin A.

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins provide a woman with additional nutrients needed during pregnancy and will help to prevent birth defects and protect from nutritional deficiencies.

Your prenatal vitamin should include folic acid which is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid is usually combined with other vitamins should be taken before getting pregnant and during early pregnancy. In certain circumstances folic acid may be required in prescription level dosages. Your doctor will alert you if this requirement when indicated. Always begin a supplement including folic acid before contemplating pregnancy. Since many pregnancies are unexpected or unplanned, it is wise to continually take a vitamin supplement containing folic acid.

During your preconception and prenatal visits, your doctor will determine which medications you should be taking, help you determine when to begin taking prenatal vitamins and which prenatal vitamin is best for you.

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