Vitamin A toxicity - prenatal vits + liver too much?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I am currently 16 weeks pregnant, and since my crazy cravings and wild nausea are over for the most part, I'd like to start eating properly again. Since my cravings made it impossible to eat well during my first trimester, I relied heavily on a foods based prenatal vitamin. I'd like to continue to take it (as a just in case. It's got vitamin k2 and d3 in it, which I'm not entirely sure I'd get enough of if I wasn't taking it)

My question is this: the vitamin has 5,000iu of vitamin A (beta-carotene), supposedly "100%" of my daily value. I'd like to start adding liver back into my diet once a week since I can stomach it again, but how much is too much? It would be no more than 4-6oz/week, but I am also getting vitamin A from eggs, (3-4/day) dairy products, and the vegetables I eat.

Is the prenatal even necessary? I want to make sure my diet has no gaps in it, but sometimes even eating nothing but whole foods leaves something missing.

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on February 05, 2013
at 07:14 PM

I think since the prenatal supplement has carotene and not retinol, there is no cause for concern. It might give your skin a nice orange glow, but I think I've read that there are no negative effects from consuming "too much" carotene.

A quick Google search found this: http://www.holisticsquid.com/vitamin-a-and-pregnancy/

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