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Can Pregnacare cause birth defects?

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Posted on Thu, 7 Mar 2019
Question: My wife is taking pregnacare advanced (contains 15 mg iron + vit D) since day 1 in her pregnancy, she is 13 weeks now? She heard that iron can cause birth defects so she is worry all the time.
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal (24 minutes later)
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The World Health Organization recommends pregnant women take a daily iron supplement to reduce the risk of iron deficiency, anemia and low-birth weight. Even during pregnancy, though, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much iron may have a negative effect on your body and put your unborn baby at risk.
Yes, you use more iron, but supplementing iron can increase your miscarriage risk, and again, the fetus doesn't need that much iron until 21 weeks or so- so if you want to take the supplements around then if you do at all.

Iron supplements are probably safe for most people when taken at the recommended dose, though they can cause side effects. High doses can lead to serious complications.


Daily oral iron and folic acid supplementation with 30 mg to 60 mg of elemental iron and 400 µg (0.4 mg) folic acid are recommended for pregnant women to prevent maternal anemia, puerperal sepsis, low birth weight, and preterm birth.

So first thing the dose she is taking is recommended dose, no risk of side effects.

Second -go check her hemoglobin, if less than continue iron supplement, if in normal range than stop iron and restart after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

I hope this answers your query.

In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.

Wishing you good health.

Regards.

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Her Hb is 10.5 g/dL. What is your recommendation?
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal (0 minute later)
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Hello,

She can continue 15 mg daily supplement along with folic acid.
Hope my answer is helpful.

Do accept my answer.

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Dr. Rakhi Tayal, OBGYN

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Can Pregnacare cause birth defects?

Brief Answer: Detail below. Detailed Answer: Hello, The World Health Organization recommends pregnant women take a daily iron supplement to reduce the risk of iron deficiency, anemia and low-birth weight. Even during pregnancy, though, you can have too much of a good thing. Too much iron may have a negative effect on your body and put your unborn baby at risk. Yes, you use more iron, but supplementing iron can increase your miscarriage risk, and again, the fetus doesn't need that much iron until 21 weeks or so- so if you want to take the supplements around then if you do at all. Iron supplements are probably safe for most people when taken at the recommended dose, though they can cause side effects. High doses can lead to serious complications. Daily oral iron and folic acid supplementation with 30 mg to 60 mg of elemental iron and 400 µg (0.4 mg) folic acid are recommended for pregnant women to prevent maternal anemia, puerperal sepsis, low birth weight, and preterm birth. So first thing the dose she is taking is recommended dose, no risk of side effects. Second -go check her hemoglobin, if less than continue iron supplement, if in normal range than stop iron and restart after 20 weeks of pregnancy. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards.