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Prenatal Plus Prescription Vitamins

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Karla Casco began writing in 2010, focusing her work on diseases and treatments and their side effects. She has also created patient handouts, PowerPoint presentations and journal clubs. Karla has a doctorate in pharmacy from St. John's University and holds a pharmacy license for the state of New York.
Prenatal Plus Prescription Vitamins
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Prenatal Plus is a multivitamin that is given daily during pregnancy. Although vitamin and minerals may be obtained by eating a healthy diet, you may still need key nutrients, especially if you are pregnant. If you are trying to conceive, you may also use prenatal plus vitamins. Your physician can determine if you should use prescription prenatal vitamins; several brands of prenatal vitamins exist so discuss all concerns with him.

Prenatal Plus Versus Other Vitamins

Prenatal Plus contains more folic acid, calcium and iron than regular adult vitamins. These ingredients are essential to the health of you and your baby. A proper amount of folic acid protects the unborn child from developing serious brain and spinal cord abnormalities, explains MayoClinic.com. Calcium helps to keep bones and teeth strong. Iron aids in the production of blood and muscles for you and the baby.

Administration

Prenatal Plus should be taken exactly as directed by a physician. Do not take more or less than the prescribed amount. If you are taking another vitamin, inform your physician. If you must continue taking another vitamin, or are prescribed another vitamin by your physician, separate prenatal plus from the other vitamins by at least two hours, states Drugs.com.

Nausea and Vomiting

Prenatal Plus may produce nausea and vomiting. While these side effects are common in pregnancy, prenatal vitamins may worsen them. If you develop nausea, you may take the medication with a snack. Chewing gum or sucking on hard candy may also help. Taking your prenatal vitamin at night before you go to bed can prevent nausea, explains MayoClinic.com.

Constipation

The iron that may be found in some prenatal vitamins may cause constipation. You should obtain an adequate amount of fiber in your diet and drink plenty of water. Oatmeal, fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and cereals may be fortified with fiber, as well. Exercising regularly can normalize bowel movements. Your physician can explain which exercises you can do during your pregnancy. If you develop constipation, you can use an over-the-counter stool softener. However, if constipation worsens or becomes severe, contact your physician right away. You may be switched to a different prenatal vitamin.

Warning

Overdosing on vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, E or K, can cause harm to you and your baby. Minerals, such as iron, calcium and potassium, can also be dangerous. If you experience signs and symptoms of an overdose, seek medical attention right away. These symptoms include diarrhea, severe constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, swelling or tingling around your mouth, severe back pain, easy bruising, peeling skin, and blood in your urine.

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