Q. What kind of prenatal vitamins should I take?
A. Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter (OTC) in your local drugstore or by prescription. OTC vitamins are fine provided they are labeled as "prenatal vitamins." Whether you choose prescription or OTC may depend on what kind of prescription coverage your health insurance offers. If it covers prescriptions, you can save money by using prescription vitamins. If it doesn't, you'll probably end up paying less if you buy OTC vitamins.
When you're shopping for vitamins, you may notice that some brands are fortified with omega-3 fatty acids. Emerging data suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent preterm labor; however, this data is preliminary, and more studies must be done to determine whether there is a cause and effect. Check with your provider or dietitian about whether omega-3 fatty acid supplements are right for you.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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