OTC Prenatal Pills

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Those are all well within normal fluctuations of cycle length. MOST women don’t actually fit the 28 day cycle model. The BC is out of your system.  I am in the middle of th e book “Taking Charge of your Fertility” which is highly recommended by many bees to help you under what is going on and even if you don’t actually chart and such,  it makes things make sense. “Normal” couples take about 9 months of trying frequently so unless your provider has a specific reason to be concerned, theyes usually won’t do anything right away. 

As for prenatals,  one of the biggest things is the folic acid. I take nature made with dha (just from walmart) because ad far as I have been able to research, it covers the daily recommended doses. But it is better to try and get as much of the nutrients as possible from a varied and balanced diet because they are more readily absorbed by your body.

Post # 3
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

28-34 days is a pretty normal range.  Your cycle isn’t necessarily going to be like clockwork.  As long as you fit into a 20-40 day cycle, and your cycles don’t fluctuate more than 10 days or so (normally; if you have 1 or 2 freaky long or short cycles, that’s not a worry either), you’re probably fine.

I’m taking Nature Made Prenatal + DHA.  I’ve seen a few other bees recommend it as well.

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had to comment about the Nature Made prenatals.  I don’t know if I’m maybe just the weird one, but I HATED them!  They had an overwhelming smell/taste of yeast.  So much that I was to the point of gagging every time I opened the bottle.  And I’m not even pregnant yet, so I can’t be having smell taste aversions.  I’m not usually sensitive to things like that!  I tried to suffer through them for a few weeks, but I couldn’t stand them.  I ended up buying some Target brand gummies which are MUCH better. 

Post # 7
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That’s a pretty normal range, mine fluctuates very similarly. BC is out of your system very quickly, although it can take a while for your body to get back to its “normal”. I would just make sure you’re taking at least 800 mg of folic acid. I have a prescription prenatal with a stool softener built in because my stomach couldn’t handle all that iron, lol.

Post # 8
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I take Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins. They are plant based, as I am a vegetarian so it was important to me that no fish oils were in them. Thye contain 800 mcg of folic acid, which met my doctor’s reccommendation. Also I enjoy that I only have to take 1 pill a day and I’ve never had an upset stomach or digestive issues with them.

Post # 9
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was taking VitaFusion gummy prenatals, then switched to Trader Joe’s prenatals after I was eight weeks pregnant. (The gummy ones don’t have iron.) 

Don’t worry about your cycles – a little bit of fluctuation like you have is normal, and two heavy days followed by one light day is also perfectly normal. 🙂

Post # 10
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Daizy914:  Aw, I understand that worry.  My mom had 1 m/c before me, 2 after me, and then had a hysterectomy because an ovarian cyst grew to the size of a softball.  I also have 40-ish day cycles and my last doc wasn’t worried about either issue.

I bet charting your temps would put you at ease.  As long as you can see a solid O every month, you’re good.  I keep telling myself that I should temp to make sure I’m O’ing, but I need a decent sleep schedule first (being my own boss makes me so lazy in the mornings!)

Kayla0416:  that’s so weird, I never noticed a smell with them at all!  Maybe its b/c I got the +DHA kind? (but that should make them smell fishy, so who knows!)

Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013


Daizy914:  You need a Basal Body Thermometer, which gives you more decimal places than a regular one.  I’m not an expert, but the gyst of it is, you take your temp every morning when you wake up (preferably at the same time every day) and record it at Fertility Friend or another cycle-tracking-website-app-thing that has temping as an option.  You’re temp will go up when you O, then stay there through your luteal phase and dip back down when AF shows up.  Fertility Friend has a whole video tutorial on it, so if you’re interested you should check that out!

Post # 14
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I took the NatureMade Prenatal + DHA when I was pregnant.  They are horse pills though and definitely hard to get down sometimes when you’re not feeling well. But, they didn’t upset my stomach so I kept taking them.  Now that I’m postpartum, I stopped taking the NatureMade and use the Target Up and Up gummies since they don’t have iron, and for whatever reason ever since getting pregnant, Iron wreaks havoc on my bathroom situation lol.  Any prenatal that you will remember to take and that will sit well in your stomach will do.  My doc didn’t even think the added DHA was anything necessary. 

Post # 15
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I liked the gummy vitamins–I found they were easier to take on an empty stomach because they have a bunch of sugar in each one (like 10 calories worth). So I took them every day, whereas with other kinds I would put it off until I had eaten and by the time I remembered sometimes it was too late. 

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