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Question: What vitamins should an older teen take through pregnancy? Scenario: 18 year old girl, I'm gonna say 4 to 5 weeks pregnant. My best friend told me she found out she is pregnant. She is excited about it but I am worried about the health of her and her baby. She is planning to keep it, please no lectures on ideals and philosophy. My questions is what sort of vitamins should she take, if any? Pre-natal vitamins? Any specific brands? Thank you for your time.

Answer: She needs to buy any prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid until she sees a doctor. At her first appointment, they will give her a prescription for stronger vitamins with her specific needs in mind, but until her first appointment she can take any over the counter prenatal vitamin, but make sure it contains folic acid, which decreases the risks for neural tube defects.

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