|Is it okay to just take a regular multivitamin (like one a day women's) instead of a prenatal vitamin if you can't afford it or don't tolerate it?|
|It is probably fine. It may be a little lower in folic acid and iron. But if you are eating healthy, your needs will be met. Use the food tracker to get an idea of your iron and folic acid intake daily, then add on the amount in your supplement. You want to be consistently reaching the goal of
27 milligrams of iron
600 micrograms of folic acid
I know women who have problems tolerating their supplement and can only use Flintstones with iron, and they do great.
Becky Hand, R.D., L.D.