[prenatal vitamins for hair growth]Side Effects of Prenatal Vitamins： What They Are and How to Treat Them
Some common prenatal vitamin side effects are also common side effects of pregnancy. This means that sometimes you might not know if your prenatal vitamins are causing the hiccups (including the literal ones when you feel like you might vomit).
Prenatal vitamin side effects may be even worse when you’re pregnant than when you’re not. But some people may not get any vitamin side effects at all.
Below is a list of common prenatal vitamin side effects and some of their causes:
Prenatal vitamins include iron because your body needs this mineral to make lots of red blood cells to carry oxygen to you and your baby. While iron gets your blood flowing, it can clog up the digestive pipes a bit.
Along with constipation — a very common complaint — you might have other gut-related side effects like:
stomach crampsupset stomachbloatinggashard or small bowel movementstarry or dark-colored bowel movements
Certain vitamins can cause common hair and skin side effects.
Side effectMay be caused by:hair lossvitamin Askin dryness or peelingvitamin Askin itchinessvitamin A or fillers in prenatal vitaminseasy bruisingvitamin Eskin rashvitamin E
Iron, calcium, iodine, and other minerals in prenatal vitamins can sometimes cause side effects including:
hivesstomach bleedingteeth stainingmuscle weakness
These minerals can also be fully or partially responsible for some effects that are also common in pregnancy:
sore teeth and gumsstomach irritation fast or uneven heart rateurinating more often not being able to focus — also known as “pregnancy brain” because your body is super-multitasking!confusion (see above)appetite loss more mouth watering — or is eating for two just making you hungrier?
Other side effects that can happen when you’re pregnant may be made worse by prenatal vitamin side effects. These include:
headache painback painmuscle painjoint paindizzinessstrange or unpleasant taste in your mouthdry eyesblurred visionunusual tiredness
Too much of a good thing can be harmful to your health. It’s completely possible to take too many or too high a dose of prenatal vitamins.
You also need to be aware of vitamins and minerals in other supplements or products you use. Too much of some vitamins and minerals can be dangerous for you or your baby.
For example, while too little vitamin A can cause poor eyesight, too much of this vitamin can be toxic for you and your baby. Too much vitamin A can harm your liver and may lead to some birth defects in baby.
Tell your doctor if you’re taking or using any kind of vitamin, medication, or creams. Avoid all vitamin A products while you’re pregnant, even skin creams.
Check for vitamin A ingredients like:
In fact, you can overdose on vitamins A, D, E, or K. These vitamins stay in your body for a long time and too much can be serious for you, and also harm your growing little one.
Other nutrients in prenatal vitamins like some minerals may also cause serious side effects if you take too much. Get urgent medical attention if you think you’ve taken too many supplements or have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor about all the medications you’re taking. Prenatal vitamins can have negative interactions with some over-the-counter and prescription medications, like:
pain relievers (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aleve, Advil, Motrin)blood pressure medicationsheart medicationsdiuretic or water pillstrimethoprimsulfamethoxazole