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Millions of pregnant women can't be wrong

April 30th, 2008 at 01:57 pm

I know much of what you take in a multi vitamin or other pills is found in your pee. But, some of it has to be working, because millions of pregnant women swear life is easier if they take the multi (hair better, more energy, etc). And tons of folk who are anemic benefit from iron supplementation.

So why do all kinds of reports say not to bother? I can see that basing your diet on actually absorbing the full amount listed on the bottle would be silly.

And I certainly don't think anemic folk should skip the steak (ok fine spinach) But I don't understand avoiding all vitamins pills entirely....

4 Responses to “Millions of pregnant women can't be wrong”

  1. nanamom Says:

    I think it depends on the vitamin and how it is made. Some you use more of but I dont think there is any you use all of. When you're pregnant though every little bit helps!

  2. disneysteve Says:

    What reports are you referring to? Are you saying reports say that pregnant women shouldn't take a prenatal vitamin? That certainly isn't the prevailing medical opinion. I think women should start their prenatal vitamin before they even start trying to conceive and continue it until after the baby is born or until they stop breastfeeding. It is well documented, for example, that folic acid helps nervous system development in the fetus.

    Regarding anemia, iron isn't a vitamin. It is a mineral. So that doesn't really apply here. If you are iron deficient, which your doctor can determine with a simple blood test, you will benefit from an iron supplement.

    As for normal, healthy folks, do they need a multivitamin? Probably not. Does it do any harm to take one? Probably not. If you choose to take one, does it matter if it is the el cheapo version from Costco that costs $10 for a year's supply or the ultra-expensive designer version from GNC that costs $80/month? Probably not.

    Personally, I take the CVS brand version of Centrum. I think I pay about $10 for a 9-month supply.


  3. treasureinheaven Says:

    I have to agree with disneysteve. I've had three children, and nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding is incredibly important. The foods we eat today lack many of the nutrients we need, and while many of the nutrients that vitamins claim to provide are not truly bio-available, there is some benefit to be gained by taking them.

  4. princessperky Says:

    The reports are often in mini blurbs of parenting magazines and health magazines (Self was the latest I read it in)

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