When should I start taking pre-natal vitamins?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
4757 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There is no harm except they could give you a tummy ache if you’re sensitive to iron (they make iron-free ones too). Worst case, your nails and hair grow faster 🙂

Post # 3
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d start a couple months before you start TTC – in your case, August – so that you have time to build up your folic acid levels!

Post # 5
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My OB/GYN actually suggested to start them when I saw her in November even though we only plan to not prevent after the wedding.  She said that Folic Acid is so critical, that you should have it built up in your system prior to TTC.


Post # 6
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I told my GYN we were thinking about it in the next year and she said to switch to a pre-natal.  Just take it with a big meal.

Post # 7
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

linnylou_88:  My doctor said to start taking them 3 months before you start trying, which would be July in your case.

Post # 8
1959 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I too was told 3 months before ttc by my doctor. 

Post # 9
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have not heard of any problems from taking them at any time, other than potential upset stomach (same with many multivitamins, though) and cost (in which case regular my doctor told me any multivitamin with 400 mcg folic acid is fine, you may also choose to get 800 mcg daily).

Post # 10
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We don’t plan on TTC until January but I have already started taking folic acid. I am having 5mg daily because I’m diabetic so it is vital that I have a high dose of folic acid when TTC. My doctor said that there is no harm in starting to take them a year out from TTC.

Post # 11
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

i also am getting married this october and planning to TTC after. I actually started prenatal vitamins about a month ago. The longer the better and the nutrients are good even if you won’t be pregnant right away.

Post # 12
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t think there’s any harm in taking them early. We’re planning to TTC this fall, and I started prenatals last month. I was feeling dizzy and nauseous a lot and (after getting a negative test, just to be sure) decided I needed the extra iron.

Post # 13
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

As long as they don’t make you sick, knock yourself out. FWIW, though, my doctor just told me to take 800 mg of folic acid in the weeks/months/whatever leading up to TTC, and not to bother with prenatals until I was actually pregnant. Prenatals can also be expensive! My folic acid tablets were over the counter and just ~$3.00 for 250. My prenatals are prescription (note that not all prenatals are prescription, but these were the only ones that didn’t make me hurl) and are ~$60.00 for 30.

Post # 14
13168 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I just went to the OBGYN today and even though we aren’t planning to TTC until summer, she said to go ahead and start taking them.

She said I was fine to either take a prenatal or to continue taking my women’s multivitamin and supplement with extra folic acid vitamins to get me up to 800 mcg daily.

Post # 15
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Interesting…..my Dr said I could skip buying prenatals and just take my women’s multivitamin.   I need to start taking folic acid though!

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