What to bring to the hospital

What to bring to the hospital

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Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A), Calcium, Copper, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), D-Alpha Tochopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Iron, Magnesium, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D, Zinc Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

PRENATAL VITAMIN AND MINERAL combinations are used before, during, and after pregnancy to help provide provide good nutrition.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding or clotting disorder

  • history of anemia of any type

  • other chronic health condition

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vitamins, minerals, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Chewable prenatal vitamin tablets may be chewed completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The usual dose is taken once a day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine is intended for females who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or may become pregnant.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alendronate

  • antacids

  • cefdinir

  • cefditoren

  • etidronate

  • fluoroquinolone antibiotics (examples: ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin)

  • ibandronate

  • levodopa

  • risedronate

  • tetracycline antibiotics (examples: doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline)

  • thyroid hormones

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

See your health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Remember that vitamin and mineral supplements do not replace the need for good nutrition from a balanced diet.

Stools commonly change color when vitamins and minerals are taken. Notify your health care professional if this change is alarming or accompanied by other symptoms, like abdominal pain.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reaction such as skin rash or difficulty breathing

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • nausea

  • stomach upset

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Most vitamins and minerals should be stored at controlled room temperature. Check your specific product directions. Protect from heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Plan ahead: Have all items available and packed four to six weeks before due date.
(Expect a two to three day hospital stay, depending on whether you have a vaginal birth or a Cesarean birth)

For the mother and her coach

  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Washcloth
  • Mother’s eyeglasses (case for contact lenses)
  • Warm socks
  • Hairbrush
  • Rubber band/barrette for long hair
  • Pad and pencil
  • Music (soothing tapes)
  • Focal point (photograph, stuffed animal, etc.)
  • Diversions for mother and coach: cards, light reading material, games, videotapes
  • Lotion, massage oil, baby powder for massage
  • Notes from childbirth class / birth plan
  • List of phone numbers (physicians, relatives and friends)
  • Camera/film/video camera
  • Light snack for coach
  • Any other items which might make you feel comfortable and at home in the hospital
  • Two to three nightgowns (front-opening if breastfeeding)
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Two to three nursing bras
  • Three to four pairs of underwear
  • Cosmetics/toiletries/shampoo
  • Loose-fitting outfit to wear home
  • Stationery/thank you notes

For the baby

  • Infant outfit to go home in
  • Car seat properly secured in back seat of car (rear-facing)
  • Light blanket for cool weather