Post # 1
I’m not pregnant and do not plan on becoming pregnant anytime in the near future. But I was thinking about taking prenatal vitamins for their ability to enhance hair, nail and skin etc. Has anyone done this before? Are there any risks of taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant? Thanks so much
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.