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

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.

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