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Prenatal Vitamins for Hair growth

Prenatal vitamins are believed to be supplements for hair growth, helping women grow longer hair, even if they are not pregnant. Though the evidence for this use of prenatal vitamins is debatable, there are several reasons why women take prenatal vitamins for hair growth.

Of course, if you are planning to get pregnant, are currently pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin supplement regimen. We don’t recommend Viviscal vitamin supplements for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Are prenatal vitamins good for hair growth?

Experts argue that prenatal vitamins will not have the same effects as hair growth vitamins unless you are vitamin-deficient in the nutrients provided by prenatal vitamin supplements.

Should you take prenatal vitamins to grow your hair faster?

No, there is little scientific evidence to support taking prenatal vitamins as hair vitamins. The myth of their benefits arose because women who usually take prenatals – that is, pregnant women – naturally have long, thick, fast-growing hair due to pregnancy hormones. According to Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, authors of the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting," those hormones cause increased blood flow to the skin.

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Should one take prenatal vitamins while not pregnant?

There is no evidence to support taking prenatal vitamins for hair growth if you are not pregnant. You are better off to take hair growth supplements, clinically tested and formulated to promote existing hair growth, than to take a prenatal vitamin that also contains Calcium and Folic Acid, two ingredients not linked to hair growth or preventing hair loss.

How do prenatal vitamins differ from regular multi-vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins generally contain many of the same nutrients as multi-vitamins with several exceptions. Though multi-vitamins vary by brand and formulation, prenatal vitamins generally contain key nutrients that multi-vitamins lack, such as Calcium, Iron and Folic Acid.

How are prenatal vitamins different from hair growth supplements?

Prenatal vitamins usually contain Calcium, Iron and Folic Acid, among other vitamins and nutrients. Hair growth supplements may contain Biotin, Iron and Vitamin C. Viviscal Extra Strength hair growth supplements for women contain Biotin (also called Vitamin H or B7), Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Millet Seed Extract and Flax Seed Extract, as well as a proprietary marine complex called AminoMar®, which is derived from key marine proteins.

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What side effects do prenatal vitamins have?

All vitamins may have side effects, especially if you have an allergy or intolerance to a particular nutrient. Some more common side effects of prenatal vitamins may include constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach, which are usually temporary until you adjust to the dosages of vitamins. You should consult a medical professional if these effects persist or get worse. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

In rare cases, users may have a very serious allergic reaction to prenatal vitamins. Do seek immediate medical care if you notice a severe allergic reaction indicated by one or more of the following symptoms: rash, itching or swelling, severe dizziness or difficulty breathing.

Can men take prenatal vitamins?

Although prenatal vitamins are made for pregnant women or women trying to conceive, they do provide important vitamins that may be nourishing to men. Men may have intolerances with the dosages of nutrients in prenatal vitamins. In that case, they would benefit more from taking regular multi-vitamin designed specifically for them. However, for some men with nutrient deficiencies, especially in Iron or Calcium, prenatal vitamins may be beneficial..

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