If you're eating the right things to replace what you'd get from it, I'm sure it'd be fine. Is there a reason you aren't taking them though?
Here is my opinion... If you are truly eating a well-balanced diet and making sure you're eating plenty of whole foods that contain iron, calcium, folic acid, and omega-3's, a prenatal vitamin is redundant. Vitamins are inferior to whole foods. The quality of vitamins and nutrients you get from eating will be greater than that of a pill. If you are lacking in any vitamin intake though, chances are the baby is still pulling those nutrients from you. Your body will be the one deprived of that vitamin/nutrient, so it is not a terrible idea to supplement (even if not on a daily basis). I'm guilty of only taking prenatals every 2-4 days. I've always had healthy babies.
Quoting VintageWife:If you're eating the right things to replace what you'd get from it, I'm sure it'd be fine. Is there a reason you aren't taking them though?
Quoting sjenkins8208:If you're eating well then great. But if you're worried, you can pick up OTC prenatals for $5.
Do you have a Meijer store near you? They have them as part of their free prescriptions. I don't know if Walmart has them for free, but they sell them cheap.
Here's my problem with you being able to get it through a well-balanced diet. If you can't afford the prenatals, I'm assuming you don't have the money to eat completely properly as well. I'm not even meaning that in a bad way. We don't have a lot of money either. I take the prenatals because I know I don't eat a balanced enough diet to make up for not taking them.
I don't usually take vitamins if I'm eating healthy.
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