Post # 1
Was just at my doctor, told her we were thinking of TTC. She of course suggested prenatal vitamins. I’m wondering if there’s really any difference between taking a prenatal vs taking a multivitamin and folic acid.
Should have asked the doctor, but I didn’t think of it until I was at the pharmacy looking at them and realized I already have both FA and a women’s MV at home.
Post # 2
My understanding is that prenatals are higher in the specific vitamins and minerals needed for pregnancy: iron, folic acid, DHA. When it doubt, compare labels.
Post # 3
I think there is a slight difference. I know that most multi have too high of vitamin a which could be bad for baby. I like my prenatel because it also has fish oil in it which is good for me and for baby once I get pregnant. I take First Response gummies. Some can have too high of iron which upsets my stomach, but these don’t have iron in them. I just make sure to get enough iron from my diet.
Post # 4
princess_r : mrsblueeyes1 : interesting. I’ll take a closer look tomorrow. I have to go to the pharmacy anyways, I can always ask the pharmacist
Post # 5
MsGinkgo : prenatals make me sick so during TTC and my pregnancy I just take a multivitamin with enough folic acid and iron. My PCP, RE, and midwife all said this was fine since I also have a healthy diet.
Post # 6
MsGinkgo : My Dr. barely batted an eye when I told her I wasn’t doing the vitamins at all… there is so much folic acid in bread products these days (it’s like fluoride in your water now – in most grain products), as well as in your veggies (folate) if you eat them, that everyone is probably overdoing it when they take prenatals. She said my plan to have a green smoothie daily should be plenty.
I will not back that up with actual stats, it’s mostly my opinion, but there are studies beginning to determine if there is a correlation between autism and folic acid (and how different women process it) and it made me pretty nervous. I find it very telling that vitamins aren’t allowed to call the chemical they created “folate”. That’s because it’s not, so they had to come up with a new term for it and then pretend it’s the same thing and I think the chemical difference there may well be causing concerns. Here’s hoping I didn’t screw up my kid by my decision though!
That probably wasn’t very helpful of me, but what I’m saying is take a look at your diet and see what quantity is really right for you so you’re not overdoing the vitamins! It may help you make a better decision about what and how much you choose to use. Also I think it’s possible to get folate (rather than folic acid) pills – e.g. something more natural.
Post # 7
skunktastic : I’ve seen the study your referring to mentioned I’m a couple articles and I’ll admit it concerned me as well. I am from a region that has highee than normal neural tube defects in infants and they really push the folic acid.
I will do some research into natural sources of folate as well. I’m not generally a vitamin person – I know they’re largely ineffective or at the very least excessive.
Post # 8
i’m not a vitamin person either but my dr recommended prenatals. i started with prescription vitafol from the doc, and hated them (super bloat). she said i could just do a gummy or generic and that they were all the same, so i switched to vitafusion gummies. but then i got sick of eating candy with my breakfast so now i’m taking rainbow light prenatals. theyre easy on the stomach, but there’s no DHA or iron.