PreCare Uses

How Does PreCare Work?

PreCare prenatal vitamins (including PreCare Chewables) contain a variety of different vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Probably most importantly, these products both contain folic acid (1 mg per day), which helps to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. They also contain iron, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
 
PreCare Premium (but not PreCare Chewables) contains docusate sodium, a stool softener that can help relieve constipation (which is common during pregnancy and can be made worse by prenatal vitamins).
 

PreCare Use in Children, Men, or the Elderly

PreCare is not recommended for use in children, men, or the elderly. Sometimes, prenatal vitamins are prescribed in place of regular vitamins in order to get them covered by insurance or Medicaid (although many insurance companies and Medicaid programs have caught on to this practice and now restrict coverage of prenatal vitamins only to pregnant women). Many prenatal vitamins contain iron in doses that are too high for children or elderly people.
 

Off-Label PreCare Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend PreCare for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. People often wonder if taking prenatal vitamins may be helpful for hair growth. Although pregnant women often experience fuller, thicker hair that grows faster, this is due to hormones, not to their prenatal vitamins. There is no evidence that prenatal vitamins help with hair growth (or that they would be any better than a regular multivitamin for this use).
 
 
Pregnancy and Pain

PreCare Prenatal Vitamins

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