Study finds pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’

According to recent research published in the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB), pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’ because such supplements do not appear to boost the health of mothers and babies.

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Although the multivitamin industry insists that a substantial proportion of women of child-bearing age are not getting enough nutrients from diet alone, the published research urges women to resist such marketing claims, and stick with a healthy, varied diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables, possibly in conjunction with Folic Acid and Vitamin D supplements.

Useful Supplements

Pregnant women should adhere to accepted dietary guidelines, specifically a well-balanced diet with an emphasis on (i) folic acid and (ii) vitamin D.

Folic Acid

According to researchers, folic acid has the strongest evidence to support use as a supplement, with a recommended daily intake of 400 micrograms per day to protect against birth defects. Foods high in folic acid include:

  • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach;
  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges;
  • Beans;
  • Breads;
  • Cereals;
  • Rice; and
  • Pastas.

Vitamin D

Researchers also recommend that pregnant women maintain a diet high in Vitamin D, with a daily recommended intake of 10 micrograms per day for healthy bones in the mother and baby. Foods high in vitamin D include:

  • Fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon;
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals;
  • Cheese; and
  • Egg yolks.

Dangerous Supplements

A supplement that can be dangerous to ingest during pregnancy is vitamin A, too much of which can harm a developing baby.

3 Responses to “Study finds pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’”

  1. Felix Balwin
    August 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Pregnant women may be vulnerable to messages about giving their baby the best start in life, regardless of cost, and be unaware that the only supplements recommended for all women during pregnancy are folic acid and vitamin D, which are available at relatively low cost.

  2. ScottDVick
    November 17, 2016 at 1:17 am #

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