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Do prenatal vitamins make you gain weight?

I've been taking them for my hair and it just occurred to me that pregnant women need to gain weight and was wondering if they help you gain. and I sure don't want that lol :)

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According to studies at Mayo Clinic it's unproven that prenatal vitamins promote thicker hair. They ARE generally safe for healthy adults, but may not be suitable unless you are pregnant because they have particular emphasis on: FOLIC ACID which has 600 mcg. of folic acid per day and healthy adults only need 400 mcg. per day. Getting too much can mask symptoms of a vitamin B-12 deficiency. IRON: During pregnancy 27 mg. a day is recommended. Women between 19 & 50 not pregnant only need 18 mg. a day. Women & men over 51 need 8 mg. a day. Getting too much iron can be toxic &, in severe cases, cause possible death. CALCIUM: Pregnant adult women & healthy men & women ages 19 to 50 all need 1,000 mg. a day. Men & women age 51 & older need 1,200 mg. a day. Prenatal vitamins only contain 200-300 mg. of calcium, so this will raise your risk of osteoporosis & other health problems. In essence, it's better to take a multivitamin tailored to your sex, age & specific medical needs.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-vitamins/AN01665



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If you're going to do anything for your baby, taking prenatal vitamins should be it. They make a really big divergence when it comes to health, not only for the baby, but for you as well. It has all of the vital nutrients that you need.

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No, they don't have any significant calories. Chewable/gummy vitamins might have some sugar, but the true prenatal pills will not cause you to gain weight.

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YES they CAN make you gain weight. How, you ask? By increasing appetite, which leads to weight gain when you eat more than your body needs. I know this is true because it happened to me.

I began taking prenatals when I found out I was pregnant earlier this year. 2 days later I miscarried. Not wanting the vitamins to go to waste, I continued to take them. I gained 10lbs. I attributed it to hormonal changes, emotional eating, etc, some of which was probably true; but I continued exercising and went back to healthy eating, and yet the weight remained. I began to think that my body had permanently changed and that I would have to accept myself at this new weight and size.

About 2 weeks ago, I forgot to take my vitamins for a couple of days and then decided just to quit taking them altogether. Soon after I noticed a significant decrease in my appetite: I didn’t wake up famished and I wasn’t hungry for dinner. I also noticed my abdomen was tighter and my pants were loose around the waist. I weighed myself this morning to find that I’ve lost 2lbs! I'm eating less because my appetite has gone down since I quit the prenatals.

Thank God for forgetfulness!

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