(Closed) risk of taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Member
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

No risks that I know of! Honestly prenatal vitamins are just a multi-vitamin catered towards women (and a lot of women substitute them withs something like Flinstones to curb morning sickness).

Post # 4
Member
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

I am not sure, but I think you could possibly overdose on the amount of iron in them.  I’d check into that before you try that.  Maybe there is a nurse or doctor who could tell you more.  (If I remember correctly I think one of my cousin’s kids took more than one vitamin and had to have their stomach pumped.)

Post # 5
Member
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I wouldn’t think there are any risks, since most doctors recommend you start taking them 6 months in advance of TTC, and additionally women can be TTC for months before getting pregnant. They do have rather a lot of iron, though, which can cause problems for some. I think there are other supplements you can take for hair/skin/nails if you’re at all concerned … just check at your natural food store.

Post # 6
Member
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I take them because I’m anemic and need the extra iron and they don’t make my stomach upset like iron supplements.

I would advise checking with your doctor, but the amount of iron in one prenatal isn’t enough to overdose. No side effects unless you take more than the recommended dosage.

Post # 7
Member
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am pretty sure there aren’t any health risks. I have trouble swallowing large pills so my Dr. has me taking 2 Flintstone vitamins daily. If you are in your childbearing years, even if you aren’t actively trying to conceive, it’s recommended that you still take a supplement that contains folic acid.

2 Flintstones = 1 prenatal vitamin according to my Dr.

The topic ‘risk of taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors