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Prenatal Vitamins

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Obimin: Minerals, Vitamins Adult

Prenatal Vitamins - What is it for

Prenatal vitamins are commonly prescribed by doctors during your routine antenatal visits. Common prenatal vitamins include:

  • Calcium to help build strong bones for yourself and the baby
  • Fish oils (containing DHA) to help with the development of the baby’s brain and eyes
  • Multivitamins (e.g. Obimin) for vitamin and mineral supplementation throughout pregnancy.

Prenatal Vitamins - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Prenatal Vitamins cause?

  • Side effects pertaining to fish oil supplements include flatulence (gas) and if the fish oils are not absorbed fully by the body, fishy belching might be common.
  • Side effects for multivitamins include dark coloured stools and constipation due to the iron content. It is advisable to drink more water and take plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation.
  • As calcium supplements can also cause constipation, you are advised to drink more water and eat enough fruits and vegetables as well.

Before taking Prenatal Vitamins, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Prenatal Vitamins?

Prenatal Vitamins - Dosage and How to Use

How should Prenatal Vitamins be used?

  • The multivitamins are usually advised to be taken in the morning as these contain vitamin B, which provide energy. If taken at night or close to bedtime, it might cause wakefulness or alertness. It can be taken with or without food.
  • Fish oils can be taken once a day and it can be taken at any time of the day.
  • Calcium tablets are usually advised to be spaced 1-2 hours apart from multivitamins, milk or iron supplements to prevent competitive absorption of the minerals. However, it can be taken together with fish oils.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget to take the medication, take it as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as you normally would. If it is nearer to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Prenatal Vitamins - Handling

How should I handle Prenatal Vitamins safely?

Prenatal Vitamins - Storage

How should I store Prenatal Vitamins?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Prenatal Vitamins safely?

Prenatal Vitamins - Additional Information

  • Tags: Obimin / Sangobion, Calcium
  • Updated on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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