what vitamins should i take?

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2006wedding Posts: 965
Sorry new to this, and this question has probs been asked before but just wondering what vitamins i need to take, I think i rem hearing about Pregnacare? Also read somewhere about needing fish oil/omega 3? Basically just want to hear what vitamins/products everyone is taking, and do you take them for the whole 9 months? THANKS!!!! :thnk
dovedro Posts: 1295
Hi I've been taking the boots "mum to be" tablets for the last few weeks. They have your daily folic acid in them too so no need to take a separate one. You take the folic acid up until 12 weeks anyway but not sure how long to take supplement, i suppose they don't do harm anyway only good. Not too sure about the fish oils, think I read somewhere about not taking fish oils but I could be wrong so maybe someone else might know better
happybridefor06 Posts: 305
hi you take folic acid up to the first 12 weeks of pregnacy and irion tablets not sure about the other vitamins im not pregnant yet but im taking the folic acid and multivitamins and cod liver oil
Rocket Queen Posts: 7381
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Rocket Queen Posts: 7381
I've been taking the Sanatagan Pronatal. They are a multivitamin with folic acid and there's a second tablet with omega3 for brain development. afaik you can't take cod liver oil because it contains Vitamin A and too much of it can be harmful to baby. I also started taking iron tablets on doctors advice a month ago.
happybridefor06 Posts: 305
[quote="Rocket Queen":2sxd402u] afaik you can't take cod liver oil because it contains Vitamin A and too much of it can be harmful to baby. .[/quote:2sxd402u] didnt know that i have been taking cod liver oil tabs since i was a child ill stop takin them so ....... as i said im not pregnant [b:2sxd402u]YET [b][/b:2sxd402u][/b]
Rocket Queen Posts: 7381
[quote="happybridefor06":32sv6oez][quote="Rocket Queen":32sv6oez] afaik you can't take cod liver oil because it contains Vitamin A and too much of it can be harmful to baby. .[/quote:32sv6oez] didnt know that i have been taking cod liver oil tabs since i was a child ill stop takin them so ....... as i said im not pregnant [b:32sv6oez]YET [b][/b:32sv6oez][/b][/quote:32sv6oez] I found this, which might be a bit more helpful Can I take cod liver oil supplements when I'm pregnant? I've read about the benefits of fish oils and I'm worried I'm not getting enough. Usually I enjoy fish, but now I'm pregnant it seems to make me nauseous. When you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you shouldn't take supplements containing cod liver oil, or other types of fish liver oil. This is because fish liver oil contains high levels of vitamin A, like liver and liver products such as liver pâtè. If you have too much vitamin A, levels could build up in your body and may harm an unborn baby. People generally take fish-oil supplements because of the omega 3 fatty acids they contain. These fatty acids can help protect against heart disease. Some people think that having omega 3 fatty acids while you're pregnant can help an unborn baby's cognitive development. But at the moment there isn't enough evidence to draw any firm conclusions. It's better to eat fish than take fish-oil supplements, because as well as containing omega 3, fish is an excellent source of other nutrients that are good for your health and your baby's development. We should all try to eat at least two servings of fish a week, including one serving of oily fish, as part of a healthy balanced diet. Oily fish, such as salmon, trout and mackerel, contain more omega 3 than white fish. But generally you should avoid having more than two portions of oily fish a week, because it can contain pollutants called dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). It's important to remember that when you're pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, you should avoid eating shark, swordfish and marlin. This is because these types of fish can contain relatively high levels of mercury. You should also limit the amount of tuna you eat to no more than two tuna steaks (weighing about 140g when cooked or 170g raw) or four medium-size cans of tuna a week (with a drained weight of about 140g per can). If you're suffering from nausea, you could try eating fish at a different time of the day when you don't feel so unwell, or try disguising it in other dishes. It often helps if someone else can prepare and cook the food for you! Eating small amounts of food often, rather than large meals, and drinking plenty of fluids can also help to reduce nausea. The good news is that the nausea usually disappears around the 12th to 14th week of pregnancy.
Sphynx Posts: 6795
You only really need to take folic acid for the first 12 weeks and iron after that if your levels are low (will show up in your blood test). Consultant said again today there's no need to be taking other supplements because the baby will always take what he/she needs from you. If you're feeling run down, you could just get a general pregnancy vitamin like Pregnacare.
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