Prenatal vitamins may not be safe to take before pregnancy?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hmm very interesting, i have always heard to start taking them before conceiving, gonna do some research now!

Post # 5
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@Equine_Breeder:  I haven’t done any research and I’m not any where close to TTC, but I have many friends and family members that take prenatals to make their hair and nails grow lol. They have done this for years and haven’t had any side effects…

Post # 6
1847 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Equine_Breeder:  I guess I got something different from the article. They don’t recommend taking prenatals if you are not pregnant and not planning to get pregnant. If you have plans to TTC in the near future, I don’t think the article is discouraging taking prenatals at all.

Post # 7
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I’ve read that taking prenatals for an extended period of time (1+ years) before TTC decreases your risk of miscarriage by up to 70%. 

Post # 8
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@Equine_Breeder:  That article you posted is for the audience who is not pregnant but also IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING ON BECOMING PREGNANT. If you are not planning on becoming pregnant, then do not take prenatals because you do not need them. BUT if you are planning on becoming pregnant, it is totally okay to take them. If you are worried about certain things such as having too much iron (and getting constipated) and not enough calcium (and later life osteoporosis), then I would suggest at least taking folic acid to help with the early pregnancy neural tube defect prevention, as this article states…

No worries – if you are planning on becoming pregant and/or preparing to become pregnant, go ahead and take those prenatals!

Post # 9
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I am also interested in this as well. I just got married and while we aren’t actively ‘trying’ to conceive, if I get preggers, we’ll go from there.  I’ve also read conflicting reports about taking prenatal vitamins. 

I also read that as long as you take 400 mcg of folic acid and eat foods high in folic acid, you should be fine. My multi vitamin already has 400mcg and I eat tons of broccoli, lentils, etc.


Post # 11
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017



The prenatal vitamins just have different levels of vitamins in it, along with folic acid which helps prevent misscarriages and aids in preventing neural tube defects (spina bifida and other brain and spinal cord defects). Normal prenatal vitamins contain less calcium just to supplement so if you are worried about not having enough of that just take a little more, they contain more iron which can make you constipated but helps with anemia, and normal amounts of other vitamins and minerals.

The prenatal vitamins are like regular multivitamins but they have levels of stuff aimed towards pregnancy and normal needs during pregnancy, along with folic acid.

Folic acid (recommended 400 mcg) you can take by itself before and during pregnancy but it also helps with other things such as anemia, and memory loss as we age (nothing to worry about now). So you taking that folic acid and eat a lot of foods rich in folic acid is totally fine 🙂 but doctors recommend for sure taking prenatals while pregnant.

I’ve recently started taking folic acid even though I’m not getting married until next fall and we will be trying for a child shortly after that. I also take a multivitamin once or twice a week, along with calcium and vitamin d (since I do not drink milk and vitamin d also helps the body absorb calcium).

Post # 12
11391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

As with all things, I trust my doctor. She put me on prenatals 1 year before I conceived, before I was even TTC. I told her it would be a few years but she said better safe than sorry and no harm in taking them. 

Post # 13
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The “concerns” that article brings up are ridiculous. I’m usually pretty pro Mayo Clinic, but that article rings bogus to me. Go ahead and take your prenatal vitamins and continue to eat a balanced diet. The chances of ending up with B12 deficiency, iron overload, or osteoporosis are pretty slim.

Post # 16
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cmbr:  +1  I’m pretty disappointed this is a mayo clinic article.  I think it’s just adding to the confusion without really backing up any substantiated claims.

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