Vitamin A in pregnancy

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Mama2b! Posts: 131
The GP told me when i had my first BFP that i was to cut out multivitamins with vitamin A but for how long i can't remember... Does anybody know if it's okay to take them now (14 weeks) 'cos i was taking multibionta before getting pregnant and i miss them!!!
Mama2b! Posts: 131
I just found this on the internet [i:7pa2lgy8]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. [/i:7pa2lgy8]
Toni Baloney Posts: 544
Hiya, Pregnacare does not have Vitamin A in it, so you could take this? They do one with addes Omega now too.
red_rubies Posts: 2424
I was advised not to take any type of vitiaman or supplement unless it's specifically for pregnant women. I take pregnacare too & it comes with an omega tablet too (I need this cos I don't eat fish!)
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