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Is phytomenadione safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

The affects of phytomenadione, or vitamin K, during pregnancy are unclear. Research has not proven conclusively that it is beneficial to take phytomenadione during pregnancy. Additionally, the impact on the fetus is unknown.

One risk that is known about taking phytomenadione during pregnancy is that it increases the risk of a baby being born with jaundice.

It is suggested that women about to give birth who take seizure medications take vitamin K for two to four weeks before delivery. It is believed that this reduces the risk of bleeding in the baby.

Phytomenadione taken while breastfeeding is considered to be safe to the infant as little vitamin K is passed into breast milk.

Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

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