Vitamin A Cream

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julz_75 - November 23

Hi, I am 7 weeks pregnant and I have been using Vaseline Dry Skin Moisturising Cream with Vitamins A & E, I have now learnt that you should avoid Vitamin A when pregnant and I have stopped using the cream however I'm concerned (first time pregnancy!) Is this harmful? and have I already increased any risks by using this cream?


javidsgirl - November 24

most skin creams don"t contain exessive amounts of vitamin A so i think you should be ok. here is a bit of info for you Most women do not have to worry about excess vitamin intake during pregnancy. Women who ingest Vitamin A (retinol or retinyl esters), up to 10,000 IUs per day, should have no concerns regarding increased teratogenic (causing birth defects) risk to their baby-to-be. In addition, beta-carotene as a source of vitamin A has not been shown to be teratogenic any dose. There may be a population of women who should be alerted to the consequences of ingesting too much of the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D and E. Women are often given prenatal vitamins indiscriminately, without a full dietary a__sessment. Most prenatal supplements provide about 8,000 IUs. Vitamin A supplements should not exceed 10,000 IU (as retinol or retinyl esters, not beta-carotene) and when foods with a high concentration of vitamin A, for example liver, are ingested frequently, they can contribute to the overall total amount of retinol consumed daily. The incidence of "Retinoid embryopathy," a syndrome of anomalies involving the face, ear, heart, central nervous system and thymus, is very rare, but has been a__sociated with excessive intake of retinol. The 10,000 IU recommendation is well below any level in which birth defects have been observed. In summary, if a woman is taking a multivitamin, prenatal vitamin or Vitamin A supplements containing less than 10,000 IU (as retinol or retinyl), or beta-carotene at any dose, there is no evidence of an increase in the risk of malformations in her baby. If she is ingesting any foods high in Vitamin A, she should investigate the amount of vitamin A contained in those food and limit her total daily intake to 10,000 IUs or less.


julz_75 - November 24

Thanks heaps, this makes me feel a lot better!!



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