Post # 1
Hi TTC gals,
Are you taking prenatal vitamins? What do you all reccommend?
Also, is it okay if you are TTC (so far negative) and haven’t started them yet? I plan to ASAP but I am getting somewhat freaked by people who say they have been on them at least 6+ months before TTC.
I know realistically lots of couples have “surprise” pregnancies and obviously never took prenatals before “surprise!” but their babies have been okay.
Post # 3
I went to a Natural Food Store and those haven’t given me any trouble whereas I had trouble with other ones. My doctor said they’re fine and they have everything in them I need. Also, all the minerals and vitamins are food based, so they’re easier to absorb. They’re by Nature’s Plus called Ultra Prenatal if you’re interested.
Post # 4
So we’re on the first month of TTC and I don’t plan on taking prenatal vitamins. I’m skeptical by nature and have read so many ups and downs that I haven’t really seen a great argument for them. I take a multivitamin a couple times a week and don’t really think it’s a great idea to alter my bod too much.
However, I can think of some good reasons to take them, especially if you don’t think too much about your diet. Folic acid is important for fetal development, however, it’s in most regular multivitiamins, and present in leafy greens, tomatoes and sunflower seeds naturally – since my hubby is mainly vegetarian, we eat lots and lots of those. Iron is another thing that is important but again is found in lots of vitamins and lots of food naturally. Another is calcium, but we’re little calfs in our house so it’s not something I’m worried about and is present in most vitamins.
If I were you I’d do a bit of research on it and what your current diet is and how it can be improved but I wouldn’t freak out about not having taken them yet.
Post # 5
My pregnancy is a surprise so I wasn’t taking prenatals before hand. Upon finding out I went to a natural store and also got the Nature’s Plus brand (Nature’s Plus Source of Life). They also suggested taking a fish oil along with them for DHA which isn’t already in the prenatals. So far I haven’t had any problems, but I do try to eat a little before taking them or taking them inbetween eating.
I spoke with the pharmacist and nutritionist there for a very long time. They told me the only difference between precription and OTC is the amount of folic acid. The vitamin content is basically the same. They also suggested taking one that is a wholefood supplement because you will get higher quality and more concentrated nutrients than something like a One-A-Day. Hope that helps
Post # 6
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At my annual exam, I talked to my Ob/Gyn and she recommended taking one now along with additional folic acid. She said really any multivitamin is fine, that they’re all about the same, so I’m just taking the ones that are the most convienant to buy. Right now it’s Publix brand prenatal multivitamin and 400 mcg of Folic Acid.
Taking prenatals is really about just trying to be healthy as possible.
Take them with food though – any multivitamin can make you nauseous!
Post # 7
I’m like SandDollar. My pregnancy was a total surprise and we didn’t find out until I was about 8 weeks pregnant. I started a prenatal multivitamin, but my doc wasn’t concerned that I hadn’t been taking them before. My diet was pretty good and i was healthy. Our son was born on his due date and has been perfectly healthy!
So, Don’t stress about not having started one yet.
One thing to keep in mind, is that the iron in some of the supplements can make you, shall we say a little backed up… didn’t happen too much to me but I’ve had a couple friends that had issues with that when they first started taking them.
Post # 8
Most docs encourage taking prenatals before you get pregnant/while you’re TTC.
I took the One a Day Prenatal + DHA supplement while TTC and in the early stages of pregnancy. You can find them in CVS. Then, switched to an RX brand a few weeks into my 1st trimester (Citra Natal Assure).