Post # 1
I went to the hospital for neck pain his morning and instead found out that I’m five weeks pregnant….any suggestions for what I should do in the mean time?
I have a doctors appt in a week, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, ie. what the best prenatal vitamins are etc.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Such a crazy day!
Post # 3
Just take whatever good multivitamin you can find, and either make sure it contains 400 mcg of folic acid, or take a separate folic acid supplement too.
Post # 4
Or you can get prenatal vitamins from any drugstore! Other than that, just try to eat and sleep lots. Even when you’re tryingin Canada, all you really get when you do know is a pregnancy confirmation appointment, and then no more appointments until 8-10 weeks at most places. I couldn’t even get prenatal advice before the 10 week appointment, so I just read books and the internet to figure out what I was supposed to be doing! Congratulations – it’s a big thing to get your head wrapped around even when you are trying!
Post # 5
Any prenatal vitamin should be fine. I started off taking the vitafusion gummies, then switched to the Centrum prenatals. Also, when I asked my Dr. for recommendations, he said you could take Flintstones vitamins! (But I’m not sure about the dosage.)
Post # 6
I’ll add that in addition to a prenatal with adequate folic acid, you should get DHA for baby’s brain development. They make prenatal DHA supplements but I just take double strength fish oil (2400mg).
Congrats on your pregnancy!
Post # 7
Congratulations! Take the prenatal vitamins. No smoking, alcohol, or recreational drugs. No OTC meds except tylenol. If you are on any medications, check with your gyn.
Post # 8
You need 800 of folic acid. I take the rainbow light prenatals plus their DHA supplement. My doctor said any over the counter prenatal is sufficient or if they are too harsh on your stomach you can take two Flintstones vitamins. Like PP I started out taking the gummy prenatals but felt I needed iron which those do not have. Fortunately the rainbow light prenatals are food based and don’t upset my stomach at all.
Post # 9
I took the target or Walmart generic pre natals. They have all the iron you need and are like $5 a bottle.
Post # 10
Any prenatal vitamin will do. There isn’t too much to do except keep living your life as always except for the obvious things a woman can’t do when she’s pregnnt.
Post # 11
prenavites..i can buy it over the counter..
Post # 12
@BijouKitty: wow congratulations! how does that even happen at the hospital?! how did they know?
Post # 13
Not all vitamins are created equal. And, it is not something I would settle on. I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and Nordic Naturals.
Post # 14
My dr said a prenatal vitamin and a vitamin d supplement.
Post # 15
I would say DO NOT take any vitamins until you’ve been to an OB/GYN. Most prenatel vitamins aren’t available over the counter, you’re still within your first trimester and barely a month gone so you don’t need to freak out about getting the proper medication.
I know that you’re an adult so I wouldn’t patronise you with the whole ‘you could take this and it would be bad for the baby’ speech, because I think that you’re old enough to read the back of a pill bottle. Buuuutt on the other hand, there may be vitamins that are available but are pretty much useless/frowned upon by doctors so I would leave it until you’ve been to see a professional. Your OB/GYN is payed to ensure you get the best and this really on you have nothing to worry about in regards to lack of vitamin consumption.
Oh, and congratulations.
Post # 16
@BridieBea: Prenatal vitamins are actually most essential to the baby’s development in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy to aid with brain and spine development and to prevent disorders such as spina bifida. There are many medical references that confirm this and any gyn would agree. Most ob/gyns do not see pregnant patients for the first appointment until 8 weeks or later, which is much too late to start prenatals. So, it is actually imperative to start prenatals as soon as one finds out they’re pregnant and before that first appt (actually even before becoming pregnant since babies’ development is enhanced by the build up of folic acid in the mother’s body prior to conception). Furthermore, prenatal vitamins are fairly mundane as they are simply vitamins, rather than medication – they are available over the counter and work as a multivitamin with some extra nutrients pregnant women need and usually folic acid.