Prenatal Vitamins For Healthy Hair

Gwyneth Paltrow shared the secret to her healthy hair in a past interview with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine:

It’s vitamins. Take New Chapter Organics’ Perfect Prenatal. It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant, I swear to God. I have double-processed blond hair, and it’s so long and not damaged. Those vitamins, they are the trick! (via

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Based on the little bit of googling I did for this post, the jury still seems to be out on whether prenatal vitamins affect hair growth and texture. I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins for over a year (no I’m not pregnant, just a hypochondriac ;)), and my hair and nails do grow quickly, and are very strong. But I can’t tell if that’s a side effect of the vitamins because they’ve always grown pretty fast.

Have you noticed a difference in your hair after taking prenatal vitamins? Would you consider taking them to grow out your hair for your wedding?


Mrs. Bee

New York
Wedding Date:
March 2005
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    lindsay, Guest @ 3:56 pm

    i’ve taken ’em before but never noticed a difference. just be careful with the amount of iron supplements though.

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    May, Guest @ 3:59 pm

    I want to try that!! I’ll ask my OB/Gyne on my next visit about that…

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 4:32 pm

    My sis in law is taking prenatals, and she noticed a difference right away. Her nails are so strong and grow quickly now. I don’t know about her hair, I’d have to ask!

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    Amnesia, Guest @ 4:39 pm

    I just started taking them a few weeks ago (at the suggestion of my hair stylist) as part of my pre-wedding beauty plan (along with increased consumption of water), and I notice that my hair is healthier feeling and also, my skin is softer (particularly at my collarbone). I would think it has less impact if someone regularly takes vitamins and drinks lots of water, but as I am not faithful at making these part of my regular routine, it was a bigger difference.

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    Isabelle, Guest @ 8:29 pm

    Yes, they work, but you also start growing more body hair.. stray eyebrows, belly hair…

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    Laura, Guest @ 10:12 pm

    It makes sense. Pre-natal vitamins are taken to help out the rapidly dividing cells of a embryo, and hair & nails are also quickly dividing cells. (Kind of the same way chemo kills off all fast growing cells– cancer + hair).

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    wsukarebear, Guest @ 11:16 pm

    My mom is taking them right now strictly to strengthen and grow out her nails (since she had acrylics for ten years and is going au natural). Anyway, all seems well and her nails looks great!

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    kate, Guest @ 2:11 pm

    But doesn’t being pregnant change your hair also? I wonder if people who are pregnant can accurately tell whether it’s the vitamins or their own hormones?

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    Mrs. Bee, Guest @ 2:14 pm

    hair often falls out when a woman is pregnant and after giving birth…. maybe prenatal vitamins have a balancing or helpful effect.

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    Iris, Guest @ 6:55 pm

    Agree with kate. Post-pregnancy, a lot of pregnancy-hormone-induced hair can fall out (in huge clumps for some women).

    Laser can kill excess body hair. Love the laser.

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    karen, Guest @ 9:46 am

    One of my girlfriends (and all of her sisters) has been taking prenatal vitamins to grow out her hair… and its worked! Her hair has NEVER been the length it is now. And no, she is not pregnant! I went out and bought some immediately. Especially since I recently cut my hair and am not the least bit happy about it :(

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    Weddingbee » Blog Archive » Skin, Hair, Nails Miracle Worker?, Guest @ 7:54 pm

    […] blogged previously about taking prenatal vitamins to help your hair grow.  I’ve found nothing but […]

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    Jane Schluep, Guest @ 10:22 am

    Will it be okay if I take prenatal vitamins with centrum vitamins together?

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:41 pm

    that would be way too many vitamins! i would take just the prenatals.

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    dezeri, Guest @ 5:29 pm

    i hope these prenatal vitamins help, i will start taking them today.

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    Sam, Guest @ 3:05 pm

    I am taking them (prescription) on the advice of my dr because we will be TTC in a few months.
    I didn’t think anything spectactular would happen, but I have been on them for a few weeks now and my nails are stronger!!

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    Jane5, Guest @ 10:00 pm

    I believe in them. DH & I will be TTC and I’ve been taking Preg Vit 5 for about four months. My nails are growing like crazy and my hair is getting super long, so I do believe in them!! I would recommend them :)

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    Paige, Guest @ 7:27 am

    taking prenatal vitamins when you are not pregnant is terrible for you. when you are pregnant your body produces different hormones that make your hair grow faster, yes they may be encouraged by prenatal vitamins IF YOU ARE PREGNANT. taking them when you are not pregnant can have potentially harmful side affects, i.e. 2 women have been killed. the secret to making your hair grow faster is patience. no magical formula will do the trick. its all about commitment and patience. the only way to get long hair over night is extensions. relax, it’s worth the wait! i’ve been attempting to grow my hair for three years, all it takes it patience and care. stop taking those vitamins, stay healthy, and wait. it will be worth it in the end :]

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    Nadia, Guest @ 12:36 pm

    What Paige says is categorically false. Talk to your doctor, but taking prenatal vitamins when you are not pregnant is fine, and yes, will help some with your hair and nail growth. Most things you introduce into your body can be potentially harmful if certain factors collide, but let’s ease up on the death and doom, thank you.

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    Paige, Guest @ 10:48 am

    I will agree to disagree, there has been serious harmful affects for many women, and taking prenatal vitamins when you are not pregnant is not recommended by multiple doctors. Just relax girls, be gentle with your hair and it will grow. It takes time and effort, but there are NO magical treatments nor vitamins that will make your hair grow as fast as any of us would want it to. Keep a steady diet, and check your labels on your shampoos. Stay away from alcohols and watch out for silicone (any ingredient ending in -one) in your conditioners.

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    Jane5, Guest @ 8:16 pm

    My doctor prescribed me these vitamins and I feel really good :)
    I am planning to become pregnant, and the side-effects of Preg-Vit 5 are positive.
    Like I said, I believe in them!

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    alexgavin111, Guest @ 1:19 pm

    oThe above thought is smart and doesn’t require any further addition. It’s perfect thought from my side.


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    Samantha, Guest @ 2:08 pm

    Taking prenatal vitamins are perfectly safe. Both my ob/gyn and my primary care doc suggested that I do so about a year ago and they have made a huge difference in my life. I am no longer anemic. In fact the extra iron forces me to eat more fruit and veggies (to stay “regular”), and my hair and nails are longer and stronger than ever. My body also recovers more quickly from my weekly workouts 4x per week. Why didn’t I do this sooner?

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    Nika, Guest @ 4:21 pm

    I’ve been on them fro only a month and tried for years to get long and healthy hair and nails and it would always take forever. I immediately noticed a difference after i started them.

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    Nellie, Guest @ 12:34 pm

    I’m so happy to read this. A stylist cut about 2 years of growth from my hair, and I am livid, but oh well. So another stylist suggested that I try prenatals for hair growth. I selected this brand after a man in the store (a customer) suggested it. I am excited about the results some of you claim.

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