Post # 1
I will be getting married in Feb 2015, and hubby-to-be and I will be TTC starting on the wedding night 😀
I’ve heard that the general consensus for starting prenatal vitamins is 3 months before you plan to TTC. I will ask my obgyn but in the meantime, please share your experiences! When did you start? Did you experience any side effects?
Post # 2
My family doctor recommended taking Folic Acid a few months before trying so I did. Then I saw my Gyno about a month after we started trying and he suggested I take an actual prenatal instead so I switched. I think every doctor’s recommendation is different.
I take the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and had no side effects. They are organic and made from different fruits and veggies. They have great reviews compared to a lot of prenatals.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’ve been taking a multivitamin with 100% RDA of folate for years. My GYN recommended that I switch to prenatals when we actually start TTC and I have an actual chance of being pregnant. Until that point in time, my GYN said it wasn’t necessary to take more that 100% RDA of anything because it’s just for my body’s own use (no chance of sharing my nutrients with a bean).
That said, I switched to a prenatal (Rainbow Light Complete) when I ran out of my old vitamin, which was about 6 weeks before the first cycle TTC.
Post # 4
We’ll be TTC in February as well, at my appt on Nov. 5 my OBGYN recommended I start taking a prenatal right now.
ETA: I take Garden of Life KIND Organics prenatals (very similar to PPs New Chapter prenatals), because they contain Folate instead of the synthetic form, Folic Acid.
Post # 5
When I found out I was pregnant. I would go ahead and start soon if you’re trying in February.
Post # 6
I would start taking them now if you’re planning on TTC in February.
Post # 7
You are right, it’s usually started 3 months before conception and continued throughout the pregnancy. Actually the most necessary vitamin is folic acid. My obstetrics/gyneco teacher even says every woman wanting to conceive or sexually active should take folic acid every day, although it is already added to all pasta, at least in Canada (but it’s not enough of course). Also, dark green vegetables are a good source. Usually, the minimum recommended dosage is 400 mcg per day for women with no known health problems.
Post # 8
We are going to NTNP for a few months after my December period. I started taking them a few weeks ago just in case.
Post # 9
If I were you, I’d go ahead and start them ASAP. Sooner is better, because there are some nutrients that actually take a little while to build up in your system. Personally, I started taking prenatals as soon as I started thinking about pregnancy, which ended up being around 1.5-2 years before I got pregnant.
Post # 10
Vivi30: DH and I are planning TTC in August 2015. At my yearly appt in October, my OB suggested that I start taking pre-natal’s now. I figure it couldn’t hurt to start early!
Post # 11
My OB suggested starting folic acid 3 months before TTC to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. I’ve since seen research that taking folic acid 1 year before TTC can reduce the risk of preterm labor, so the sooner, the better!
I plan to switch to an actual prenatal (Rainbow Light Prenatal One) and add 300 mg DHA when we actually TTC.
Post # 12
My Dr said every woman of child bearing years who are sexually active should be taking them “just in case”. I started them about 7-8 months before we started TTC when my previous multi-vits ran out. I was on them for nearly 3 years by the time I got pregnant so here’s hoping the folic acid was well and truly established 🙂
Post # 13
I can’t remember when I started taking them, I think about 4-5 months before conception. I take Elevit once a day which has folic acid, iodine, iron and other supplements, which are useful/beneficial in pregnancy. The only side -effects I could see were faster growing and stronger nails!
Post # 14
With my fist son…when I found out I was pregnant…he was a surprise!
With my second 9-12 month prior.
For my last…we are going to TTC this April and I started taking prenatals and folic acid in August.
i feel like the sooner the better… I know a lot of women who just take a prenatal vitamin as their regular everyday vitamin…no harm no foul…
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I’m not TTC yet, but I went off the BCP a couple months ago for health reasons. I decided to start taking prenatal vitamins just in case we were to get pregnant Before we planned.