When should I start taking prenatal vitamins?
Ideally, you’ll start taking prenatal vitamins before conception. The baby’s neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first month of pregnancy — perhaps before you even know that you’re pregnant.
How long should I take prenatal vitamins?
Do prenatal vitamins have any side effects?
In other cases, the iron in prenatal vitamins contributes to constipation. To prevent constipation:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Include more fiber in your diet
- Include physical activity in your daily routine, as long as you have your health care provider’s OK
- Ask your health care provider about using a stool softener
If these tips don’t seem to help, ask your health care provider about other options. He or she might recommend another type of prenatal vitamin or separate folic acid, calcium with vitamin D, and iron supplements.