Post # 1
I read through the sticky about everything Bees new to ttc should know. It said that within a few months of ttc, you should start taking pre-natals. I’m just curious as to when exactly? Is there any specific time frame I should follow when it comes to taking pre-natals? My husband and I have been discussing when we would start ttc, and we decided on March, on our honeymoon. Is it ever too early to start taking pre-natals in case one of us changes our mind?
Post # 3
@tiffanyscanlan: It’s not too early to start taking prenatals. They just have different vitamin levels (ex. vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, etc.) so just compare labels. It is most important to start taking the folic acid – so if I were you I might just start taking that. FI and I won’t be getting married until October, and I’ve already started taking folic acid in preparation because want to TTC soon after the wedding.
Post # 4
@tiffanyscanlan: prenatal vitamins are just vitamins. the levels of the ingrediants are a little different than a standard women’s vitamin.
i would start them 6 month – 1 year prior to TTC. but you can start anytime you are ready.
Post # 5
The most important things are supplementing folic acid EVERY day (it’s water soluble so your body doesn’t store it) before you start trying. It is important for neural tube development, which may actually be finished before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.
Secondly, do not over do it on the Vitamin A. Lower amounts of vit A are suggested because high amounts have been tied to birth defects.
Thirdly, supplement iron. Pregnant women are more prone to anemia, so iron supplementation is a good idea to prevent symptoms and fatigue.
Post # 6
My doctor recommended 3 moths before TTC, so the iron will affect you less when you do get pregnant!
Post # 7
Prenatals are pretty similar in content to the typical one a day for women that I was taking, so I switched over well in advance, about 8 months or so.
Post # 8
My OB recommended starting prenatals 3 months before TTC. Definitely take it with food, mine made me feel pretty sick until I figured that out!
Post # 9
@tiffanyscanlan: I would start them 3-6 months prior to TTC. The most important part of the prenatal is the folic/foltate acid so make sure you are getting enough of that, and most prenatals do a great job of giving you the recommended dose of it. My prenatal gives me an extra boost of it (I take New Chapter organic prenatals).
Post # 10
It’s never too early to start. I started taking them 9 months or so before I got pregnant (12 months before we were planning to start TTC).
Post # 11
@tiffanyscanlan: I started this summer and I wont be trying to concieve before next spring
just make sure they have 800 or more folic acid.
Post # 12
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Thank you everyone for your responses! You’ve all been so helpful. I’ll talk to my husband maybe tonight, and I might start as early as Boxing Day (today’s Christmas Eve in Aus!). I’m nervous, but the excitement definitely outweighs that.
@bbfyso: Is there such a thing as less than 800 folic acid? And what difference would it be to take the lesser? Would it lessen the chances of conceiving?
Post # 13
@tiffanyscanlan: I’ve been taking pre-natals for over one year now. They’re just good for you in general so you can start whenever you’d like, preferably 2-3 months before ttc.
Post # 14
@tiffanyscanlan: The 800 folic acid is because research has come out that if you have at least that much in your blood it significantly helps reduce the occurance of neural tube defects in the baby’s brain. This actually would arise really quite early in the pregnancy, so that’s why they say you should take the prenatals for a while before.
I had always heard at least three months. My gyno said to start taking them last year when I switched to charting “just in case.” My new GP said she really wants women to take them for at least a year. It will be about a year for me from the time we started until TTC.
Post # 15
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Thank you both for your input. It’s a lot to wrap my head around, but it’s something I definitely need to know about. Yeah, I think I’m definitely going to start taking them right after Christmas. You’ve been a huge help to me, I can’t thank you enough 🙂
Post # 16
its never too early to take prenatals! I would take them before bed to avoid the iron nausea. I take target brands up and up. Very reasonable! I think 200 for 12.99 ish?