(Closed) Did you wait?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My doctor recommends that all sexually active women of childbearing age take a prenatal “just in case” since there’s never any harm in a little extra folic acid and in the case of an “oops” baby those first weeks when you wouldn’t even know you’re pregnant are the time when folic acid is most helpful, so I’ve taken a prenatal as my regular multivitamin for years.

That said, I think as long as you’re taking it prior to sperm meeting egg, you’re in better position than a lot of women who have perfectly healthy babies.  I’m sure it’s “ideal” to have the folic acid in your system longer, because apparentlyit takes some time to “build up” but it honestly wouldn’t stop me from TTC if I’d only been on it for a couple weeks.  Especially if you eat relatively healthy, lots of bread/pasta is fortified with folic acid, and it’s in lots of fruit and veggies.  So if you didn’t exist on fast food or something prior to trying, you may already be getting a sufficient amount for yourself, and the couple weeks of prenatals are just extra.

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@krystallite:  Personally i would say just go for it.  I started taking folic acid during my last month on BCP under Dr advice.  I already took a multi-vitamin, fish oil and vitamin D tablet daily so he said to take a folic acid as well.

I also think so long as you have a healthy-ish diet, and are relatively active then if it did happen straight away you would be fine.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My women’s multivitamin had 400 mcg of folic acid already. So I felt pretty comfortable with that. My prenatal has 800 mcg and I started taking it the moment I got a bfp. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We waited about three months from the time I stopped BC to when we pulled the goalie. I didn’t start prenatals until the same month we started trying and I was only taking one a day instead of two because I take prenatals without iron and those babies are not cheap! So I tried stretching them out a bit while still getting some vitamins in my system. As soon as I got my BFP, I began taking the normal 2 a day.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went off BC a week before our wedding, and started taking prenatals about a week after that. We aren’t actively trying right now though. We just aren’t preventing.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My doctor told me as long as I was taking a woman’s multi vitamin with 400 mcg folic acid, that was enough until I was actually pregnant or actively trying. I started taking prenatals a month before we started trying anyway though. She also said to give it one full cycle off of BCP before TTC, but that it was mostly to make it easier to calculate due date, no health reason to wait, really. I went off a few months before TTC because I was nervous it would take a long time to regulate (it didn’t). 

So if you really want to start trying, I don’t see the harm, as long as, like people said, you had a relatively healthy diet or were already on a multivitamin anyway. If you had a terrible diet before with few healthy or fortified foods I’d probably give it the full month.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Prenatal vitamins are just multi-vitamins that have amounts of some nutrients tweaked.

You don’t need to wait to be off BCP before taking them. I took prenatals for over a year before we started TTC (while I was still on BCP). There’s no harm in taking them early.

When I had asked my doctor back in 2010 what to do when we were going to TTC in the next year or so, she told me to take prenatals at least 3 months before getting pregnant, but I could start taking them ASAP if I wanted, so that’s what I did; when my bottle of regular multi-vitamins ran out I switched to prenatals.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

From what I understand and what my doctor told me at my pre-pregnancy check up this week- as long as you were on a healthy diet rich in nutrients during the time you weren’t trying to conceive, you should be ok if you got pregnant after stopping the pill. 

Good to hear you are already on prenatals! 

The way I see it, if you can have all those vitamins in your body for months before you get pregnant- great. If not- as long as you were healthy and eating right it shouldn’t be a big deal. After all, many many babies are born with no problems whatsoever when their moms didn’t even know they were pregnant until after the first few crucial weeks of development. 

DH and I are not trying, not preventing and I went off BCP about a week ago. Thankfully I’m on my period now so I’ll be on prenatals at least a few weeks before the possibility of becoming pregnant even comes up. 

Hope that helps. I know how you feel. I was super concerned and a little apprehensive when I visited my doctor this past week. Her advice made me feel better, knowing I had already had a fairly healthy diet rich in foods like folic acid before even going on prenatals. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My doctor also told me that a multivitamin with at least 400mg of folic acid was totally fine until I was actually pregnant.

I also asked her about going off the pill ahead of time because I had read here and elsewhere about the suggested 3 months off before really TTC, but she said there was no reason to feel we had to do that and it was fine to just stop at the end of the pack and see what happens. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.JA:  my doctor said much the same thing. If you’re relatively young and healthy it should be 100% ok to start trying. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SimplyChic11:  I think we have a lot of similarities in this process right now, haha =)

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Keep me posted 🙂 @Mrs.JA:  

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