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Vitamin A in pregnancy

Hi. Just wondering if anyone can reassure me. I'm in my second trimester and I've been having Horlicks maybe a few times a week. I knew I wasn't supposed to have vitamin a supplements but I had no idea Horlicks contains it - I just randomly checked today.

Do you think everything will be ok. Should I tell my midwife? I'm trying not to be stressy during this pregnancy but it's hard because we had such a long journey to get here.

Any reassurance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi you have nothing to worry about. I just had a look at Horlicks. It contains about 285ug of Vit A. The RNI for Vit A in pregnancy is 700ug. Vitamin A is essential in pregnancy but very high amounts in supplements can be toxic. Liver has about 20 times the RNI for Vit A so advised to avoid in pregnancy. Hope this helps.

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Thanks. I'm not drinking much tea or coffee (except a bit of decaf or a proper one when I don't have decaf in), and I've totally gone off peppermint/chamomile so Horlicks has become a bit of an alternative because it's still nice to enjoy hot drinks in this cold weather!

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Have you tried Rooibos (redbush) tea ? I love it now. I take milk in it too just like ordinary tea. I now prefer it to ordinary tea!

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Hi , i think horlicks is fine. I drink horlicks every morning and i did mention to my midwife and she says if its caffine free then its fine to drink.

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I've totally gone off tea and coffee so Horlicks is my go to. Need something hot to get through this horrible winter!

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Definately. But you can drink decaf tea , thats what i drink in day time and i drink horlicks every morning x

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