Review debunks ‘guilty mum’ pressure to take multivitamins

MULTIVITAMIN supplements being heavily marketed to women for all stages of pregnancy aren’t backed by good evidence, a review shows.

According to the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB), much of the evidence cited in support of complex vitamin and mineral tablets for pregnancy comes from studies in low-income countries and the findings are not applicable in the developed world.

These supplements, often containing a range of B vitamins, vitamin K, zinc, magnesium, and other minerals, are an unnecessary expense for most women, the reviewers say.

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