Why have prenetal vitamins been recommended although i'm not pregnant

I recentely told my physician that we were trying for a baby so she gave me prenatal vitamins but I'm not yet pregnant why did she gave me the prenatal vitamins if i'm not yet especting? Thankyou
by Gisela in Cumberland, Rhode Island, 12/30/2005

When to take prenatal vitamins

Does a woman have to take prenatal vitamins once she is pregnant through her whole 9 months of pregnancy? Will it hurt the baby if she does not take them? Is it a good idea and can it help the baby's health if the prenatal vitamins are taken?
by Marisol in Memphis, TN, 05/10/2006

PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information


PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification


PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname

Prenate GT, Precare Prenatal, Natalcare Rx, Natalcare Plus, Citracal Prenatal Rx, Ultra Natalcare, Duet Stuartnatal, Natalcare CFE 60, Premesis Rx, Embrex 600, Nutrinate, Stuartnatal Plus 3, Precare Conceive, Natafort, Vitafol-PN

PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment

Prenatal vitamins are used to supplement the diet during pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

When To Not Use PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet)

You should not use prenatal vitamins if you have ever had an allergic reaction to vitamin and mineral supplements.

How Should You Use PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet)

Coated Tablet, Capsule, Chewable Tablet, Liquid Filled Capsule, Powder, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Swallow the tablet or capsule whole. Do not break, chew, or crush it.
  • The chewable tablet should be chewed before you swallow it.
  • Dissolve the powder in 4 to 5 ounces of water and drink the mixture right away.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

Store PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use other vitamin and mineral supplements while you are receiving prenatal vitamins.

PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings

  • Follow the diet prescribed by your doctor.

PRENATAL VITAMINS (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dark stools or constipation
  • Mild nausea