Medicines During Pregnancy - Overview
Talk to your doctor or nurse-midwife about any herbal supplements
you have been taking. Don't take any vitamins or herbal or other supplements
unless you talk with your doctor or nurse-midwife first.
Women who are trying to get pregnant and those who are pregnant
should take a multivitamin that has 0.4 mg (400 mcg) to 0.8 mg (800 mcg) of
folic acid. Folic acid is especially important prior to and in the
first few weeks of pregnancy, because it prevents some birth defects. You can
get folic acid in an over-the-counter multivitamin or in a multivitamin that
your doctor or nurse-midwife prescribes. Talk to your doctor or nurse-midwife
about which type of vitamin you should take. In some cases, doctors and
nurse-midwives prescribe extra iron or extra folic acid.