Prenatal Multivitamin

Prenatal Multivitamin

$11.90 (MRSP)

Life Vitamins Prenatal Multivitamin is nutritional supplement for use prior to conception, during pregnancy, and after giving birth in lactating and nonlactating women.

The Institute of Medicine and Center for Disease Control recommend multivitamin supplements for pregnant women who do not consume an adequate diet. Women at higher risk for dietary deficiencies include those who are carrying a multiple gestation, heavy smokers, adolescents, complete vegetarians, substance abusers, and women with lactose deficiency. It is not necessary to check vitamin D levels in the general population of pregnant women. Instead, a dietary supplement of 600 IU daily is recommended. Multivitamin content varies depending on the product used. A reasonable option is a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement that contains: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.

Although excessive intake of vitamin A is a concern in developed countries, vitamin A deficiency is a concern in some developing countries. Where vitamin A deficiency is endemic, a daily supplement of ≤10,000 IU (3000 mcg retinol equivalents) or a weekly supplement less than ≤25,000 IU (8500 mcg retinol equivalents) appears to have some maternal and fetal/neonatal health benefits with no evidence of teratogenicity. 

The toxic dose of vitamin D is poorly defined and vitamin D deficiency appears to be far more common than excess intake. A safe upper limit seems to be 50 mcg (2000 IU daily). Low vitamin D levels have been associated with multiple adverse health outcomes in mother and child, but it is unclear whether low vitamin D levels are the causal factor or a marker of poor health.