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Are vitamin A supplements safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant women should not take high doses of vitamin A supplements and should be cautious with foods and personal care products that contain high amounts. Snack bars that contain 50% of the adult daily value for preformed vitamin A can be an unsuspected source. The nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women are unique. Optimal nutrition is essential for growth and development of the fetus and the newborn, but ingesting preformed vitamin A in amounts above the tolerable upper level can cause serious congenital birth defects such as malformations of the eye, skull, lungs and heart.

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