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Vitamins and supplements during pregnancy

Vitamins and supplements help to keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy.

It is recommended that all women take folic acid and vitamin D supplements during pregnancy. You can buy these over the counter or alternatively ask your GP for a prescription. Folic acid can be stoppedwhen you are 12 weeks pregnant, whereas vitamin D can be taken throughout pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.

Other vitamins are unlikely to be needed if you have a healthy and balanced diet. Some women find that their iron levels drop in pregnancy – you will be offered blood tests to see if you need any iron supplements.

If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to free vitamins from Healthy Start.

Find out more about vitamins and supplements in pregnancy on NHS Choices.