Is it okay to take herbal supplements and vitamins?
Talk to your doctor or nurse-midwife about any herbal supplements
that 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 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.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 23, 2012
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