Supplements wihle TTC

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Never heard of it.

I do know that you need to take a pre-natal with Folic acid. that is very important. Extra iron and calcium and recommended a lot as well.

Post # 4
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t heard of it, but generally I’m pretty weary of blends for stuff like that. Because there isn’t a lot of regulation or even general testing on supplements, sometimes they’ll have herbal ingredients that are actually harmful for pregnancy.

I’m just taking a prenatal. I would reccomend taking a prenatal or at least supplementing with Folate because the most important time for brain development is really early on in your prengnancy. So if you don’t already have those things built up in your blood, it’s not going to make a huge difference.

Post # 5
6173 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i am taking a pre-natal multivitamin.

i usually eat pretty cleanly, except for my protein shake i was taking for breakfast. it had a warning on it about not taking if you are trying to get pregnant.  FI looked it up and it said made in a place where eggs are.  i decided i didn’t need the processed foods. 

Post # 6
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i am taking prenatal vitamins, vitamin d, and Fertility Blend SP-1.

Post # 7
5818 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you arent having fertiltiy problems, a regular pre-natal (with 800 mcg for folic acid) should be good enough. 

If you are having fertiltiy problems, that is a whole ‘nother ball game…

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I tend to stay away from stuff like that. I just ended up taking a prenatal vitamin ith foltate acid in it like New Chapter Prenatal vitamins. I also take a vitamin D suppliment for a deficiency.

Post # 9
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve considered supplements like that, but feel a little weary about what I’m putting in my body.  Supplements are not monitored by the FDA, so there’s really no oversight about what goes into it.  I’m keeping it pretty simple – I take a prenatal (Rainbow Light Prenatal Petite – I like that it’s food-based, and you take 3 per day, so from what I’ve read it’s better designed to absorb throughout the day) and a DHA/EPA capsule.  I’m also taking a probiotic right now – I need to look into whether or not that’s OK to continue once we’re actually TTC in a few months.

Post # 10
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Prenatal and Vitamin D supplement for me, like megz06 and rosworms. My primary care doctor suggested I take a B6 tablet daily at my annual physical earlier this year, but I don’t take it – it is supposed to be dissolved under your tongue, and I hate doing that. But I’m considering starting that up, too, since it seems that there are some benefits for conception.

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Uptowngirl2857:  Unless you have been TTC without success for at least 6 months or more, there really is no need to take anything more than a multi vitamin with folic acid.  No need to stress yourself out or waste money that could be better spent on baby items before knowing you actually have a problem TTC.

Post # 12
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  I haven’t heard of it, but generally I’m pretty weary of blends for stuff like that. Because there isn’t a lot of regulation or even general testing on supplements, sometimes they’ll have herbal ingredients that are actually harmful for pregnanc

@SadieBee:  Supplements are not monitored by the FDA, so there’s really no oversight about what goes into it.

I work for a dietary supplement manufacturing company and I am personally in charge of registering the products for sale in various countries. I can tell you that if you find a reputable name brand company such as Nature’s Made, Nature’s Bounty, Blackmore’s (huge in Australia), One a Day etc you are perfectly safe.
The truth is there are testing procedures and regulations put forth by the FDA to ensure the quality and accuracy of the product you are consuming. However, you need to read the labels carefully. Any food supplement you consume within the US should be GMP compliant (think health department for manufacturing). Also, the company should be registered with the FDA which is easy to check on the FDA website (our company is). With these two key elements you are almost guaranteed to be purchasing a quality product that is safe, tested and regulated.
I can also tell you that we have random inspections here at our office and at our facility by the FDA to monitor cleanliness, manufacturing, and labels/claims. While they do not test the product itself we are responsible for testing in house and providing a certificate of analysis on each batch confirming that the product is as potent as we state it is. Again, another reason to go with big name companies.
Last I will say this, nutrients are necessary and crucial to our health. There have been studies that have proven it is nearly impossible to consume your recommended daily allowance of all nutrients through food alone…our bodies do not always absorb as we would like.
For me I personally taking a prenatal (Nature’s Made) with DHA plus an additional Fish Oil with DHA enteric coated softgel (enteric coating is to prevent burping up fish).  I also take a daily dose of Coenzyme Q10 100 mg which the FDA is currently working with our company to do case studies as it is such a crucial ingredient in heart health and function and your body does not make more and the heart will not work without it.

Post # 14
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@SadieBee:  I saw the nurse practitioner at my OB/gyn office on Monday and asked about a probiotic, as I just started taking one. It’s fine for TTC and once pregnant you can continue. I asked so many questions about what was safe she gave me a reference guide. 

Post # 15
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Treejewel19:  Sorry, I think I stated that too strongly/universally.  Obviously there are some supplements I trust, as I take them!  But I know there are a lot of these “special herbal blends” that just make me nervous.  They often are not put out by the major companies that I trust do have stringent quality standards.  So I opt not to take those.


@Spottts:  Good to know!  I’m sure I’ll check too once I’m PG (as anyone should!), but I really think it helps with my digestive issues, so I’ll stay on unless I’m told otherwise 🙂

Post # 16
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


@Treejewel19:  Good information thanks. I meant more that I don’t generally don’t believe herbal blends are always tested well to ensure that the herbs or whatever in them are actually effective at what they do, and like @SadieBee: they tend to be marketed by companies that aren’t name recognizeable and that makes me nervous. I tend to stick to basics generally in life though. 

Anyway- I actually take the Nature Made Prenatal with DHA added. I didn’t have this problem, but bought a new bottle recently and totally get fish burps now when I didn’t before! (The only time I had fish burps before was when combining the prenatal with additional fish oil before for a few days – i just couldn’t do it!) Any tips on preventing it? I like fish, but it’s gross. I try to make sure I take it and THEN eat so something else is on top. Any other thoughts/ suggestions.

Sorry @Uptowngirl2857:  I realize that’s a little off topic, but I figure I might not be the only one on this thread trying to combat the fish burps! ; )

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