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    Default Multivitamins - how important are they really?

    It's getting to the end of my pregnancy and the mummy guilt is already setting in, and he isn't even here yet..

    I'm embarrassed to admit, I've been really lazy with the vitamins throughout this whole pregnancy. I didn't take any pre-pregnancy to boost my iodine and folate, and in the first trimester I only had one multivitamin every 2-3 days.. Since then I've maybe had one vitamin every couple of months.

    I haven't been eating super healthy either but I do have a varied diet with lots of protein and fresh fruit & veggies.

    I'm just wondering if the whole multivitamin thing is actually not that necessary or if I've now done irreversible damage to my unborn child?

    I remember when I was pregnant with my first, I had read that taking iodine supplements would increase brain development or something, and every time I took one of those I-folate pills I kept thinking about how smart my boy would turn out... Seems ridiculous now looking back.

    Surely that sort of thing is more about genetics?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, is it too late to start taking Multis now? I'm 35 weeks tomorrow.. So not sure if 5 weeks of multivitamins at this stage would do much good..

    ETA - I don't really want to start taking them if it won't make a difference to Bub because they mess with my digestion which is one of the reasons I didn't want to take them every day. Main reason was forgetfulness though lol

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    AFAIK unless you are severely malnourished, folate is the only vitamin that is of any real benefit in pregnancy because it has been proven to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. Oh and iron if you are iron deficient, which I am.

    Iodine is added to salt, so you would be getting it from there anyway.

    Elevit is cleverly marketed and in my opinion isn't really necessary - in Australia anyway where virtually everyone has access to food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    AFAIK unless you are severely malnourished, folate is the only vitamin that is of any real benefit in pregnancy because it has been proven to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. Oh and iron if you are iron deficient, which I am.

    Iodine is added to salt, so you would be getting it from there anyway.

    Elevit is cleverly marketed and in my opinion isn't really necessary - in Australia anyway where virtually everyone has access to food.
    This. And I will add Vit D is commonly low. But these are all picked up in blood tests so if you had any issues you would have been advised.

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    Default Multivitamins - how important are they really?

    I had the folate and vitamin d drops only with DS2 who is 12wks. I'm taking fenugreek & motilium now for my milk

    Even my gyno said what I was taking was fine

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    Thank you! I don't think my Ob saw any issues with my blood test results this pregnancy but I did have low vitamin D in the past.

    What foods naturally contain folate? I haven't taken folate regularly since 1st trimester

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    I'll add that I'm definitely not malnourished lol

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    Fruit, veggies, nuts, cereals, rice, eggs and beef liver (vomit) are all good sources

    Just think all of our mothers in the 70's etc never had anything to take

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    Default Multivitamins - how important are they really?

    Don't feel bad. I was so much more slack during my second pregnancy, hardly ever took my multivitamins as I was just too busy or forgot, and as she was a surprise certainly no pre pregnancy prep here!

    No difference as far as I can see to size, milestones etcetera lol

    Eta: as far I was aware folate was only really important during 1st trimester
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    I dont take a multi. I took folate in the 1st tri - it has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects, so is pretty important. That being said, I vomited up my folate most days due to hyperemesis, so I doubt I got much! I take vit D due to deficiency. I eat well, and I just dont think a multi (eg elevit) will be helpful or neccesary. I think it's much better to have a good diet and take what you are deficient in, if anything

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    I kept forgetting to take mine during my second pregnancy and only really took it every few days in the first trimester. DS is fine although I'd feel forever guilty if something was wrong.

    According to my doc and midwife Folate is the most important. I did have low Vit D in second tri (like every Canberran) and I took supplements for like a week and spent more time in the sun

    Multivitamins make me feel sick and the only time I spewed in both pregnancies was after taking one

    poor second child lol

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