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Suggest appropriate prenatal vitamin supplements while planning for pregnancy

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Posted on Fri, 7 Jun 2019
Question: dear sir, I am planning to have a baby.so I have read in internet that taking prenatal vitamins is good for baby .I am planning to buy some prenatal vitamins.Can you please suggest me if it is good ? or if there is any side effects or anything that I have to know before my wife start taking the medicine .also can you please suggest me any good prenatal vitamins ?
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Answered by Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Some more information.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

At the outset, let me congratulate both of you for your decision of parenting.

Also, it is good to know that you are planning for pregnancy before hand.

Preconception care helps to prepare both the partners physically and mentally for child bearing.

Before advising about preconception counseling , I would like to know about few things in detail.

1. Does she have any medical illness before?
2. Has she taken any vaccination before?
3. Has she checked up her Hemoglobin and blood group?
4. Are you both following any regular exercise regimen?
5. Does she have a regular menstrual cycle?
6. Do you have any medical issues?
7. Do you have a history of use of alcohol and or smoking etc?

Besides starting with some vitamins, some more things are also important, as a part of preconception care.

Please feel free to communicate with me again.

I hope this answer helps you.

Regards,
Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar, OBGYN


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1.no 2.no 3.yes 4.no 5.yes 6.no 7. I drink alcohol occasionally and smoke regularly
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Answered by Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Vaccination, healthy lifestyle, prenatal vitamins.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

1. It is good to know that she has no history of any medical issues.
2. As a part of preconception care, I will suggest that she should get booster shots of Rubella and Hepatitis B vaccination.
if taken 3 months before planning for pregnancy, it is useful for preventing various complications during pregnancy.
3. Please ensure that her Hemoglobin is more than or equal to 12 gm%.
4. As a part of preconception care, I will suggest the following

- Please opt for a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen.
- Include more portions of fruits and vegetables and salads in daily diet.
- Drink plenty of water in the day.
- Avoid refined sugars and deep-fried foods and bakery products in the diet.
- Please take Iron, Calcium, protein and vitamin B 12 and Folic acid supplementation on a regular basis.
- This helps to prevent various complications during conception, pregnancy and childbirth.

5. As she has a history of regular cycles, say 10 to 20 of the cycle is the most fertile period of the cycle. If you happen to have unprotected sexual activity in this period then you stand a good chance to get pregnant.

I hope this answer helps you.

Regards,
Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar, OBGYN

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Brief Answer: Some more information. Detailed Answer: Hi, At the outset, let me congratulate both of you for your decision of parenting. Also, it is good to know that you are planning for pregnancy before hand. Preconception care helps to prepare both the partners physically and mentally for child bearing. Before advising about preconception counseling , I would like to know about few things in detail. 1. Does she have any medical illness before? 2. Has she taken any vaccination before? 3. Has she checked up her Hemoglobin and blood group? 4. Are you both following any regular exercise regimen? 5. Does she have a regular menstrual cycle? 6. Do you have any medical issues? 7. Do you have a history of use of alcohol and or smoking etc? Besides starting with some vitamins, some more things are also important, as a part of preconception care. Please feel free to communicate with me again. I hope this answer helps you. Regards, Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar, OBGYN