(Closed) Rules for Prenatal Vitamins?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Are you already pregnant? If not, I would just take the prenatal and not supplement with anything else until your doctor tells you. If you are pregnant, even more of a reason for a doctor to tell you. 

I believe you want around 800-1000 mcg of folic acid, though. Extra iron wouldn’t be that important until at least after you talk to your doctor, and differenet brands have different levels. I just take the prenatal and B Complex, which does have extra folic acid, and calcium, since I can’t drink milk. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My doctor told me to take whichever prenatal I liked from the drugstore, so long as it has folic acid. Mine has 800mg folic acid (100% daily value for pregnant ladies according to the label), and 28mg iron (156%). I eat lots of cereal too, which is fortified with extra folic acid.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I compared the bottles of prenatals that are available over the counter (because the name brands are freaking expensive!), and most of them are pretty comparable in terms of what percentage of vitamins are in each.  Folic acid is one that was pretty standard across the board.  Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, I wouldn’t worry, as long as you ARE taking a prenatal. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@PilotsGirl56:  In that case, then yeah, any prenatal will be more than fine. You just might want to start by buying a smaller bottle to make sure it doesn’t upset your stomach or anything, since some people do complain about that and it would be annoying to buy the giant bottle and it make you sick. Otherwise you are all set!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Any prenatal is fine and you don’t need to worry about iron until much later when you are actually pregnant and your body starts making a serious amount of extra blood… so you will have time even after you get pregnant to worry about that. A hard pill will have plenty of iron, but if you get a soft chew, you (once pregnant) may want to take a separate iron pill since the chews/gummies don’t have iron. Your OB will do bloodwork though and if you don’t have any iron problems then you don’t need to worry about it.

Post # 9
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Wannabee

@PilotsGirl56:  I take a prenatal called Premama and I know it has all the vitamins needed for a prenatal. It’s OTC but I have compared it to some of the more expensive brands and it has almost all of the same ingredients. It’s super affordable and it actually comes in a flavorless powder that you can mix almost any drink. I have had horrible morning sickness during all of my pregnancies and this is the only prenatal I can keep down. I highly recommend it! Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I won’t take anything with folic acid in it.  It’s a synthetic that people don’t process well to begin with.  Then if you have an MTHFR mutation (which 50% or more of the world does) then you can process it even less.  I’m taking prenatals with bio active vitamins in them like Emerald Labs or Thorne Basics.  AND I stay away from all food products that have been ‘fortified’.  Folic acid is NOT the same as folate.

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