Pre conception vitamin advice

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

All you really need pre-conception is folic acid, so these are fine. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

These look fine – usually 400 micrograms of folic acid is what is recommended for all women of child-bearing age, and 800 for those TTC or pregnant.  Once you’re actually TTC, you may want to add in an extra folic acid supplement or switch to an actual prenatal to bring it up to that 800 microgram level.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My big priorities were

 

1) folic acid

 

2) minimal or no vitamin A (very common to find high levels in OTC prenatals)

 

http://www.babymed.com/medications/are-there-any-vitamins-i-should-not-take-during-pregnancy

 

3) Iodine/iodide

 

http://www.m.webmd.com/baby/news/20140526/iodine-deficiency-common-in-pregnancy-pediatricians-warn

 

4) 300mg DHA (From a plant source not a fish source, I do eat meat but find the fish oil gross-tasting. It’s hard to find the right dose also)

 

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/omega3fishoil.html

 

I started out taking Citranatal Assure combo pack ($15 out of pocket with my insurance, also had a coupon from the manufacturers website which made it $10!) but then my pharmacy had trouble finding it so I’ve tried two generics with the same exact amounts of everything as citranatal-

 

NatalVirt Combo Pack: $8 out of pocket for me with insurance. DHA from fish oil with very fishy taste. Vitamin tablet also had odd aftertaste.

 

Prenaissance Promise (who makes up these names?) $9 out of pocket for me with insurance. It’s a winner. Plant based DHA and doesn’t taste weird!

 

Here’s the label that shows what’s in it: http://docs.missionpharmacal.com/assets/package_inserts/CitranatalFamily.pdf

 

From what I can tell, the prescription prenatal are quite expensive without insurance so I’m sure it’s different for everyone. This works for me as I was spending at least $20/month on vitamins+DHA and still not getting everything I wanted in it.

Bettyboo1982:  hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve tried six times to reply to this thread with a long, thoughful message and my message keeps disappearing.

So to keep it simple: I take a generic of Citranatal Assure called Prenaissance Promise and it’s great. I also tried the generic of that same formulation called NatalVirt and it tasted weird.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since you’re going to be TTC soon I would take an actual prenatal, with at least 800 mg of folic acid.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Iron is also important. Folic acid and iron. 

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