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Hi Ladies!<br><br>
Just wondering, how much is too much vit A during pregnancy? Seems that between 4000 and 8000IU is what I find online. My prenatals have 5000IU which is "100%" of the RDA.<br><br>
Is it bad to get more? Carrots are a big source of Vit A, how many of those can I have a day if I'm taking my prenatals too? (Just got a juicer and we bought a ton of carrots!!)
 

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Dietary vitamin A is not a concern, because vit A from food actually comes in the form of mixed carotenoids, which your body then makes into vit A. It is just the synthetic forms in vitamins that can be a problem. I prefer a vitamin with no vit A, but they are harder to find.<br><br>
Here is a link to a site that explains it better.<br><br><a href="http://drfuhrman.com/library/article10.aspx" target="_blank">http://drfuhrman.com/library/article10.aspx</a>
 

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In the August DDC, but saw this in New Posts.<br><br>
Your carrots are fine. They are a source of natural Vitamin A (beta carotene), not synthetic (Palmitate and acetate are examples). Check your Prenatal, too, to see what type of vit A it uses. Too much synthetic Vit A is bad (over the limits); naturally occuring vit A is of great importance in pregnancy and, from what I've read online, has a much higher level needed before toxicity. <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/cod-liver-oil-menu.html" target="_blank">Here's an article from the Weston A. Price site on cod liver oil (high in natural vit A)</a>, and they talk a little about natural vs. synthetic, and levels. A quote from the page:<br><blockquote><p>"While some forms of synthetic vitamin A found in supplements can be toxic at only moderately high doses, fat-soluble vitamin A naturally found in foods like cod liver oil, liver, and butterfat is safe at up to ten times the doses of water-soluble, solidified, and emulsified vitamin A found in some supplements that produce toxicity."</p></blockquote>
I'm sure there is more research out there, and others can comment as this is just what I've recently read since starting to take cod liver oil, but your carrots should be fine since they have beta-carotene.
 

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I made sure my vitamins only contain beta carotene, no vit A palmitate. I eat liver sometimes and I don't want to OD on palmitate. It's not possible to OD on beta carotene.
 

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thanks!!!!!<br><br>
How do I know what type of Vitamin A is in my prenatals?
 

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FYI you might want to keep an eye on the vitamin A in milk (it's likely synthetic even in organic). Full fat organic (at least from Organic Valley) DOES sometimes have A added, even though it's not labeled as such - I had a long email back and forth forever with them to get them to admit that this is true. They will not give their 'recipe' for their vitamin mix but it is at least partially synthetic. So all that full fat milk I drank in my first pregnancy to avoid the added A was for naught (thanks for the extra pounds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Something else you might want to be aware of is that plant based vitA (beta carotene) is safe and you cant really overdose on it - carrots and carrot juice is fabulous for both you and baby during PG. What you can have too much of if the animal based (retinol), I have read several warnings where women ate huge amounts of liver during PG and ended up with babies with birth defects. Your prenatals should specify which type they contain, though it is usually beta-carotene.<br><br>
HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Something else you might want to be aware of is that plant based vitA (beta carotene) is safe and you cant really overdose on it - carrots and carrot juice is fabulous for both you and baby during PG. What you can have too much of if the animal based (retinol), I have read several warnings where women ate huge amounts of liver during PG and ended up with babies with birth defects. Your prenatals should specify which type they contain, though it is usually beta-carotene.<br><br>
HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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ok, so I figured out that the vit A in my prenatals are a mix of palmitate and betacarotine. Ok, so halfway decent, I guess. I'll go ahead and go for the carrot juice tho. I wish I wrote this earlier, I woulda had WAY more carrots!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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