Are prenatal vitamins hurting you?

LIKE TO TAKE PRENATAL VITAMINS EVEN WHEN THEY'RE NOT PREGNANT THEY BELIEVE THE VITAMINS CAN GIVE OTHER BENEFITS LIKE MAKING YOUR NAILS STRONGER AND YOUR HAIR GROW FASTER

>> BUT THEY COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD HALEY HERNANDEZ IS LOOKING INTO IT SHE'S LIVE WITH WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW >> DOCTOR SAYS PRENATAL VITAMINS PROVIDE CRITICAL NUTRIENTS YOUR BODY NEEDS FOR PREGNANCY, BUT WOMEN TAKING THEM BEFORE PLANNING A BABY MAY BE AT RISK FOR A RARE, UNDETECTED HEALTH PROBLEM MANY WOMEN BELIEVE THAT TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS WHILE PLANNING TO GET PREGNANT OR NOT WILL HELP GROW BEAUTIFUL HAIR, NAILS, AND MORE OF WHAT YOUR BODY MUST NEED

RIGHT? WRONG >> IT'S MISCONCEPTION THAT MAY NOT MAKE THAT UP OF A DIFFERENCE >> VITAMIN A TENDS TO BE HIGH TAKING TOO MUCH OF THIS COULD LEAD TO LIVER DAMAGE >> PRENATAL VITAMINS OR ANY OTHER SUPPLEMENTS, YOU WANT TO LOOK AT HOW MUCH OF EACH VITAMIN IS IN EACH ONE >> Reporter: NOW RISK OF TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS IS THAT IT CAN MASK A B-12 DEFICIENCY

FOLIC ACID CAN HIDE SYMPTOMS OF A TYPE OF ANEMIA THAT LEADS TO NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS, WHICH MEANS PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE IT AND CONSUME TOO MUCH FOLIC ACID MAY NEVER GET A DIAGNOSIS AND THAT COULD ALLOW THE DISEASE TO PROGRESS WITHOUT TREATMENT OTHERWISE, DOCTORS ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING PREGNANT WHEN CHOOSING VITAMINS >> I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS IF YOU'RE ON REGULAR BIRTH CONTROL, YOU CAN TAKE JUST A REGULAR MULTI-VITAMIN >> Reporter: SHE SAYS SHE LOOKS FOR CALCIUM AND IRON IN WOMEN'S VITAMINS, WHICH TEND TO BE HIGHER IN REGULAR VITAMINS FP AND IF YOU'RE TRYING TO CONCEIVE, AIM FOR ABOUT 400 MICROGRAMS OF FOLIC ACID OR MORE, WHICH IS WHAT YOU FIND IN PRENATAL VITAMINS

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPECIFIC ILLNESS, THERE'S NO HARM IN TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS IT WOULD JUST BE HARMFUL IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THAT B-12 DEFICIENCY SEVERAL OF YOU ARE SHARING YOUR STORIES OF TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS JUDI SAYS SHE USES THEM FOR RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME BUT SAYS THEY DID CAUSE HER TO HAVE KIDNEY STONES ANOTHER VIEWER SAID THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO HER, AND WHILE SEVERAL OTHERS SAY THEY TOOK THEM WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS, BEST ADVICE IS TO TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IT BEFOREHAND

PEOPLE FORGET TO MENTION PRESCRIPTIONS, THEY WANT PRESCRIPTIONS AND NONPRESCRIPTIONS DISCLOSED AT YOUR DOCTOR'S >> THAT'S GOOD INFORMATION, BECAUSE I ALWAYS FEEL IF IT'S THIS GOOD FOR YOU WHEN YOU'RE CARRYING A BABY, KEEP TAKING THEM >> I TALKED TO GUYS WHO SAID THEY DID THIS TOO BECAUSE THEY WANT THE EXTRA OF WHATEVER THE NATAL VITAMINS HAVE WHEN IT SPECIFICALLY HAD EXTRA FOLIC ACID, EXTRA IRON, THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU'RE PLANNING FOR A BABY >> THANKS, HALEY >> AND TODAY WE'RE TALKING

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