* *ADVISORY* *Not all prenatal vitamins are the same. Recommendations about optimal doses of the other vitamins contained in them do change from time to time. Work with your health care provider to determine what is right for you.
DOSAGE:Choose a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 600 mg of DHA for the most benefit, and take one every day.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that prenatal vitamins are a safe and effective product for pregnant mothers and women hoping to conceive. It is remarkable that such a small intervention, one essentially without risk, can reduce the risk of so many devastating medical problems. Start discussing your hopes and plans to conceive with your medical provider now. Prenatal vitamins are available only with a prescription and, ideally, you will want to start taking them before you become pregnant. Work with your healthcare provider to determine a dose that is right for you.
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