Prenatal Vitamins…For My Hair?

This is so totally random. I was just on the phone with my Dad telling him about my anemia and how cold I get when it’s 70 degrees, so he told me that I have to either eat meat or take iron supplements (no, my Dad is not some crazy man giving out sage advice, he’s a doctor, lol). Obviously, my retort is that iron pills give me heartburn and raw meat makes me gag (not that I care a bunch about animals, but it gives me the creepy crawlies, bleeeeeeeeech). Seriously, there’s a point to this – next thing he suggests is prenatal vitamins, because maybe the other vitamins will help alleviate the problem I have with iron alone. I laughed at this suggestion, because I am NOT trying to be with child, and I think it’d be weird to like roll to Trader Joe’s and get some prenatals, then have them chillin in my cabinet. What would my friends think if they saw it – probably that I’ve gone off my rocker!

But then! I looked up the stats on the vitamins, and they have much more of the vitamins that are good for hair than my regular multi. So I’m like hmmmm, maybe there is a method to my father’s madness (although, I seriously doubt he was considering my obsession with hair when he suggested this).

Here are the stats for the TJ’s version:

Vitamin A 75%

Vitamin C 167%

Calcium 15%

Iron 167%

Vitamin D 100%

Vitamin E 333%

Vitamin K 65%

Thiamin (B1) 588%

Riboflavin (B2) 500%

Niacin (B3) 100%

Vitamin B6 600%

Folic Acid (Folate) 100%

Vitamin B12 313%

Biotin 100%

Magnesium 22%

Panthothenic Acid 150%

Zinc 100%

Copper 100%

Manganese 2%

Chromium 120%

Molybdenum 75%

So what do you guys think? Any of you take prenatals for hair growth? Lemme know!

Update: So, I decided to not get the prenatal vitamins. Why? Because I realized that 167% of iron is WAY too much for me, and would most likely make me sick. Instead, I switched to One A Day’s Women’s Formula. It has 100% of iron, while my TJ’s multi only had 33%. So, instead of taking 3 MVs and 3 MSM pills a day, I now take one MV, with a hair vitamin containing biotin that you take twice a day. Way to lower my pill intake! 🙂

14 comments

  1. Hey there– I’m late. But I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and decided to read it from start to finish. My hair is relaxed, but I go without relaxers for 3-4 months (the only person I let touch my hair is my mom who is all the way in Michigan, while I live in San Francisco for school lol). I’m growing my hair out, and I’m sure once it’s a bit past my shoulders, I’ll start transitioning a little longer than 4 months because I’ll have more weight on my hair (my scalp is sensitive). Anyhow, I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins since July and I’m not going to lie– my hair grew between 1-2 inches in a month’s time frame. CRAZY! The ones I take have 50% iron, it’s Nature’s Way: Prenatal Multi Vitamin & Mineral. Stomach gentle as well, which is great cause then I can pop them on an empty stomach without feeling ill, compared to the fish oil or any other vitamins I’ve taken in the past.

    1. Hey thanks! I’m not even a vegetarian anymore, lol. Right now I just take Flintstones chewables, but I’ll look at these too. I like Nature’s Way – they don’t make me barf like some vits.

  2. I never considered prenatal vitamins. While I do believe in supplements (I take GNC Ultra Mega Womens 2xday, 1 codliver oil & 1 coq10) I’m a believer in a strict diet. Supplements are not going to be an end all to a nutritional deficiency. Perhaps you will have to dramatically just change your diet to resolve this issue. I think supplements do matter & so does taking good care of your hair. But I think most important is the food we put into our bodies.

    1. I absolutely agree with you – my only concern is iron because I am a vegetarian, and do not like steak (which is what my dad told me to eat to get sufficient iron). I just looked at this site – http://www.healthcastle.com/iron.shtml. For the most part, I do not eat any of the foods besides shrimp (which I also limit my intake of due to high cholesterol and sodium), and eat a lot of spinach and soy foods. So, a multi high in iron would be a last resort, and if it helps my hair too, that’s cool. But yes, eating healthy is very key for the health of our hair.

  3. I also have anemia. My doctor made me eat spinach and sweet potatoes. She also suggested Black Strap Molasses. I’ve never had it and don’t plan to. But so far spinach and sweet potatoes have been helpful between refills on iron pills.

    But anyway I’m considering taking prenatal vitamins for hair now.

    1. I love spinach and sweet potatoes, but I don’t (won’t) take iron pills, so that’s the problem. I’m going to just switch to the prenatals when my other MVs are done. I really need the iron…I am tired all the time and get cold when it’s like 70 degrees…

  4. I take prenatals as my multi, and I’ve taken biotin, MSM, and all the other popular “hair growing” vitamins for a year or so, and I haven’t noticed better, faster, or any noticeable growth coming just from the vitamins. I think some people do respond to using vitamins for growth, but I’m not one of them. My hair length shows from gentle hair care practices, but not solely due to ingesting vitamins.

    1. Hey BekkaPoo! Yea, I think I agree with you…I take MSM, Garlic (to decrease shedding), my MV and flax seed oil…I like taking them b/c I think it’s good for my health, but I don’t think my hair grows any faster…However, I seem to see little “spurts” in growth when I consistently use products to stimulate my scalp and do scalp massages.

  5. I have been told by a doctor that I was affiliated at while I was a grad student and doing my practicum at her clinic. She recommended the prenatal vitamins for all women who are planning to get pregnant. She said, “You guys should start taking them before you are trying.” She’s an African American doctor that I felt truly knows her stuff. Then I had a college classmate who hair took off and was super long, she said she felt the prenatal vitamins did this to her hair. It was long and luscious hair. I thought to myself too hmmm…and I still do when I am on the vitamin aisle at a local store.

    But to answer your question, I have not tried prenatal vitamins. If your father is telling you take, he must feel that it will not harm. Biotin vitamins which are full of B Complex vitamins to help with hair have been recommended to me from a organic food store. Biotin is the main ingredient that helps the hair promote growth and retain to help soothe the hair follicles.

    What have you decided to do? Perhaps your dad can tell recommend one to help with digestion and heartburn. They do make some at organic or natural food stores to help for sensitive people to supplements.

    1. I’m not sure…my current MV has biotin now, but it’s not nearly as much as that. I was reading about it and some people say that it’s not the prenatals that help your hair, it’s the change in your hormones while you’re preggers. I’ll think about switching when I’m out of my current stash though! Thanks for the input.

      1. You’re welcome. I think also l that it depends on getting all proper care for your hair. Vitamins does help support and provide nutrients to our system, but it comes more in how we handle, don’t stress, and love our hair.

        The one girl that I mentioned I felt already had long hair but I saw a pic of her later. Her hair had really grown more. She told me she felt it was the vitamins but as you say it could be the hormones. The body is adjusting and acquiring more in order to support while one is pregnant I would assume.

        I was in TJ yesterday. I looked at the vitamins. I was looking for a Biotin vitamin only. The multivitamin I take now has only 30 mcg. I think I saw like 100 mcg is equivalent to 1mg. Don’t quote me on that. We have a Sprouts store that has different kind of hair vitamins. Still curious on the prenatal vitamins. With my age it wouldn’t hurt. I should be thinking of having a child.

      2. I think you’re right about the mcg to mg conversion. I was bored in Vitamin Shoppe yesterday and got hair vitamins that have 1300 mcg of bioton (433% of your daily value), so I’m going to hold off on prenatals for now; I don’t want to take too much biotin as it can cause break outs.

      3. My MV only has 30 mcg of Biotin. According to the research, there seems to be quite discrepancies in the recommended daily dosage. The U.S. RDA (USA Recommended Dietary Allowance) states for adults 19 years and older to take only 300 mcg daily. So I guess my MV Biotin level is equivocal to 0.030 mg because 1,000 mcg = 1 mg; 1 mcg = 0.001 mg.

        They say to also look at the other B-complex vitamins that are also sufficient for hair, skin, and nail growth. Those combined can be enough and recommends to get a dietary supplement which combines all of the Vitamin Bs found in a MV versus just taking only B-complex vitamins. My MV only has all of them instead of listing all the B it will use Niacin or Folic Acid the B6 and B12 (like mines for instance) which is 500%. The vitamin Bs consist of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7,B9, and B12. It seems my One a Day Women Vitamins had 100% for all the B-complex vitamins. Wonder if I should switch back.

        Vitamins are so complicated. LOL

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