Post # 1
Just coming off my first cycle off BC and I had picked up some pre-natals at superstore but they were on the shelf with the other vitamins. There was quite a huge variety and I havent a clue what your supposed to get. I was wondering if your supposed to get specific ones from your doctor? (prescribed) or if the ones you can pick up anytime are basically the same thing? (Im in canada so Im not sure if theres a diff in whats available over the counter)
Also… how long would you say it takes on average for morning sickness to kick in… I know it varies but Im just curious. Im dreading the potential timing coming up lol…. my mom and stepdad are going to be visiting us in June and with my luck if something happens by then (*baby fairy dust*), Im thinking I might be not feeling well and my mom will totally know. Problem being because of certain possible issues we dont want anyone including parents to know until were close to 3 months….and my mom is the last person on earth you can tell anything…. like hold a gun to her head and say you cant tell anyone or else and she’ll still tell!!!
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Post # 2
I’m also in Canada, and have never heard of anyone being prescribed a prenatal. The over the counter ones have all you need in them… I would just try to find one with folate instead of folic acid, as the body absorbs it better.
As for morning sickenss, it’s really different for everyone. In my first pregnancy, I was nauseated and threw up a few times starting around week 6 and lasting around week 13.
This pregnancy, I have been sick (and still am at 19weeks) since I was 7 weeks.
Post # 3
urchin: Thanks. Ya I wasnt sure ….I always hear “ya I went to the doctor and got the real test, and got prenatals” etc… I never really thought about whether or not they were recommended. A friend of mine got hers from a doctor but she lives in spain its a little diff over there 🙂 The ones I got have a nice dose of folic acid (what I was looking for)
Thats what I was kinda figuring for morning sickness…. i’ll cross my fingers that if it happens by then I can hold out until they leave lol…. not looking forward to the sick part :s
Post # 4
The OTC and prescription ones are essentially the same. The thing my midwife said to look for is DHA. I ended up getting a prescription one because my insurance covers it 100%, but the ones you pick up off the shelf are just as good. My midwife also recommended a chewy one because they tend to be easier on your stomach (a lot of prenatals can cause constipation). GL in your journey!!
Post # 5
sara79: Thanks! I’ll look into the chewies too. I’ll have to check if the have the DHA….I picked up some that specifically said they were “gentle” on stomach, Ive heard so many horror stories about them making you sick/nautious. I actually take them right before I go to bed and havent had any issues yet (knock on wood). Its been about 2 weeks I think.
This month will be a test for sure…Hopefully the BC is outta my system and Ive been temping and I find its a bit off because I take it at 6am on weekdays but Im such a sleeper on the weekends, and of course they are way off :s I gotta try to fix that…..
Post # 6
The regular over the counter ones are fine. The chewy gummies usually don’t have iron in them though, so if you did get pregnant you might want to consider switching or adding an iron supplement.
I have prescription prenatals with a stool softener built in because the iron was so hard on my stomach. You could just take the prenatal and the stool softener separately, but it’s only $10/month for me so it’s cheaper and easier to take the prescription.
Post # 7
Agreed with PPs- otc prenatal are essentially the same as prescription ones. I’m not TTC, but my doctor advised me to take them because I am anaemic and the iron in prenatal is phosphorous-based and easier on my stomach than standard sulfate-based supplements where I’m so petite. Because the pills are available otc, my doctor didn’t prescribe them, because it’s not like my insurance will cover them anyways (Manulife won’t cover anything I could get otc)
Post # 8
shanbp: My friend just had a baby lasy summer, and I also asked her all about Pre-natals lol She took an over the counter starting a few months before she conceived, and I think she may still have been taking it after her daughter was born.
I got an all natural pre-natal at a health food store 🙂
Also, in Canada too!
Post # 9
OTC is fine, I think prescription just has a little more folic acid, 1000mg vs 800mg (or whatever the units are). I get prescription pre natals cause they are actually cheaper than OTC. My doc wrote me the prescription to check out the price and just go for whatever was cheaper.
Post # 10
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I’ve taken OTC from Target since I’ve started TTC. It was like $4 for 90. I’ve never noticed any issues like even One-a-Day Women’s which made me nauseous on an empty stomach.
Post # 11
last year my doctor gave me a prescription for pre-natals- i wasn’t pregnant or trying to become pregnant, he just thought it was a good idea. i didn’t take them because i have a hard time with pills and those things were huge.
in march when i found out i was pregnant, i met with the nurse in my doctor’s office and he recommended the gummy pre-natals since a lot of women are like me and can’t do the giant pills. so yeah, that’s what i’ve been taking. unfortunately, my pregnancy ended in a miscarriage when i was just under 9 weeks, but i’m still taking the vitamins. hopefully, we’ll have another baby on the way soon.
Post # 12
urchin: Actually, it’s the other way around 🙂 Folic Acid, the synthetic version of folate, is actually better absorbed.
As far as the differences between prescription and over the counter formulations, anything containing more than 1000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid requires a prescription in Canada. The most common brand of prescription pre-natals are PregVit (1100 mcg or 1.1 mg of folic acid) and PregVit folic 5 (5 mg or 5000 mcg of folic acid) Some drug plans may pay for PregVit (you can check by calling your drug plan and asking if DIN #02246067 is covered) if your doctor writes you a prescription. PregVit folic 5 is only prescribed to women who have experienced neural tube defects in prior pregnancies, who have a family history of neural tube defects, women with certain medical conditions and those taking certain medications that interfere with folic acid absorption. Unless your doctor has prescribed a prescription strength supplement or your drug plan will pay for it, you would be fine to stick with what’s available over the counter.
Health Canada recommends 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid daily beginning 3 months before conception. (Keep in mind that Canadian bread and cereal products are enriched with folic acid and will also contribute to your daily intake.) They also recommend a daily iron supplement containing 16-20 mg. Iron is best absorbed on an empty stomach but taking it with Vitamin C (like orange juice or vitamin c tablets) will enhance the absorption. Iron absorption is inhibited when it is taken at the same time as eggs, coffee and tea, calcium (dairy products, Tums, calcium supplements) and soy.
An over the counter product like Materna or the generic equivalent contains 1000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid and 27 mg of iron and would cover all your bases. <br /><br />I probably got a bit carried away but I’m a pharmacy technician and love to help people when I can.
Post # 13
I took in my regular multi to my confirmation appointment, my doctor looked over the label and said they were fine I just needed to add iron. Unfortunately they ended up making me super nauseated so I switched to gummies. However, I have NEVER seen them anywhere OTC in Canada (I’ve checked Vancouver, Toronto and Winnipeg). Thankfully I know enough people who cross the boarder who were willing to bring them back. if you find them here please let me know!
if I had the choice I would choose prescription prenatals only because insurance would have paid for them.
Post # 14
ju5tdance: AH! Thank you for correcting me.. I had my facts quite wrong on that one!
Post # 15
I’m in Canada and I had a prescription for prenatals. I have issues with swallowing pills and the OTC ones are huge. My doctor prescribed me ones that weren’t quite as big, they also had extra folic acid.