No studies have been done specifically on NADH and pregnancy, and some pregnant women may assume that because NADH occurs naturally in the body that supplements are automatically safe. However, the level of NADH in supplements could be higher than that found in the body and may cause problems during pregnancy. NADH supplements should be avoided until after the baby is born.
NADH and Pregnancy: An Overview
NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrate) is a coenzyme found throughout the human body. It is also used in some dietary supplements. Only a little information is available about the use of NADH supplements during pregnancy. Although it is a "natural" substance, not enough information is available to recommend NADH supplementation for pregnant women.
Is NADH Safe for Pregnant Women?
There is not enough information to know if NADH supplements are safe for use during pregnancy. It would seem logical to assume that supplements would be completely safe for anyone, including pregnant women, since NADH is a molecule that is found throughout the human body. However, it cannot be assumed that using supplements medicinally is safe. Perhaps the higher levels caused by supplementation could cause problems, or perhaps the NADH in supplements is somehow different from the NADH found in the body. It simply should not be assumed that it is safe to take a substance medicinally just because it occurs naturally in the human body. For example, potassium is a normal and essential electrolyte found in the human body. However, potassium supplementation (if it leads to abnormally high potassium levels) can lead to disastrous consequences. Until more information is available, it's best to wait until after pregnancy to try NADH supplements.
NADH and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, do not take NADH (or any other prescription drug, non-prescription medication, or supplement) without your healthcare provider's approval. Just because something is "natural" or available without a prescription does not mean it is safe, especially for use during pregnancy.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed March 5, 2008.
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