(Closed) Prenatals vs multivitamins

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I believe, more iron.

Post # 5
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

There is also more folic acid, but you can always take that seperately.

Post # 6
14336 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Prenatals have 800mg or more folic acid I believe and regulars have 400mg

Post # 7
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Prenatal should include extra folic acid as well in addition to extra iron as I understand it, as well as it should include other vitamins or more of some for each pill. At least the ones I’ve been eating. I actually have been eating folic acid for the last few months now in addition to my other supplements.  


This is what I found at livestrong.com:

In particular, pregnant women need at least 600 micrograms of folic acid and 27 milligrams of iron each day, per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG. However, this is just a guideline.

Not all prenatal vitamins are the same. When looking for a prenatal vitamin, focus on the three key ingredients: folic acid, iron and calcium. 

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/388044-difference-between-prenatal-vitamins-multivitamins/#ixzz25hfRbvT2

Post # 8
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

As pp said, more folic acid which is crucial. (Helps prevent spinal bifida in the first month of pregnancy) If you have trouble with pills, try the Vitafusion gummies. That’s what I’ve been using while ttc and now pregnant. No pills to swallow! 🙂

Post # 9
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Folic acid, DHA.

Post # 10
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

More folic acid. As long as the vitamin you’re taking has at least 800mcgs of it, you should be fine.

Post # 11
427 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know some company makes gummy prenatals, Target has it.

Post # 12
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

The gummy prenatals are pretty good. 

Post # 13
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What all the PPs said about the DHA and Folic Acid.  Prenatals also have LESS vitamin A than a normal multi-vitamin would. Vitamin A can build up in your system and apparently cause birth defects (so my doctor said).  I think it might be the same with a few of the other non water soluble vitamins, but not 100% sure.  The recommended dose of vitamin A is 50% of that for a non pregnant woman. 

Post # 14
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

PPs are right that folic acid is the major difference– and that is what you really want to have in your system well before you get pregnant. You don’t need the extra iron while TTC though– you won’t need it until you are pregnant, from what I understand. My doctor told me a women’s multi vitamin was fine until I got a postivie pregnancy test (as long as it had a minimum of 400 mcg Folic Acid, which most if not all do). So for me, I personally decided to stay on the multi until we started actively TTC, then switched to a prenatal. But I did start taking a B complex, which also has a bunch of folic acid. 

So basically, you are fine as long as you have enough folic acid, but they also make prenatal gummies. They have less calcium than some others, from what I found spot checking, but I’m guessing with your diet you have plenty of calcium and iron anyway.

My nails do grow like crazy now that I’m on prenatals, though 🙂

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