Taking multivitamins in pregnancy!

Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money because most mothers-to-be do not need them.

This is according to the BBC which quoted some   researchers.

The BBC reported that in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, researchers say they looked at all evidence and found supplements did not boost the health of mothers and babies.

But rather pregnant women should make sure they take folic acid and vitamin D, as well as eat a well-balanced diet. This is as per NHS guidelines.

Supplements-makers said some women were not getting enough nutrients.

The researchers said folic acid had the strongest evidence to support its use – taking 400 micrograms a day can protect against abnormalities called neural tube defects in the developing baby.

Vitamin D – 10 micrograms a day – is recommended for healthy bones in the mother and baby.

Some women can get these two pills for free on the Healthy Start scheme.

A supplement that can be dangerous in pregnancy is vitamin A and too much can harm the baby.

Read more on BBC.

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