(Closed) Advice on prenatals? And other pregnancy prep q's

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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ehmmgee : 

Some people swear by the very expensive prenatals. My doc said that any were fine and not to pay extra for a ‘brand name’.  If you have a family history of neural tube issues the doc may want you on a higher amount of folic acid.  If that applies to your family, definitely ask. My doc recommended every woman of a child bearing age take prenatals, so I was taking them for years before TTC.  

I use cheapie Internet opks and tests.  If I get a squinter I confirm pregnancy with a first response. Tests can get expensive! 

We only see a gp or mw for the first half of your pregnancy here. So I can’t say if people make a gyno appt. Dentist is a good idea since they recommend you avoid it in the first trimester (I suspect it’s due to vomitting.) 

200mg a day of caffeine is totally fine while ttc or pregnant. 

That’s my $.02 

Post # 3
4145 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I take vitafusion gummy prenatals.

i used the wondfro OPK’s and pregnancy tests then checked with a first response early result to verify

no need to see your GYN unless you have a history of problems of some kind

and a little bit of caffeine is totally fine. No need to give up your tea!

Post # 4
351 posts
Helper bee

I seem to be one of the few people who don’t take a multivitamin.  I just take a little folic acid and iodine combined tablet each day.  I think that’s all that’s needed so long as you have a healthy omnivorous diet.  If you’re vegetarian or vegan you may need more supplements.

I haven’t used OPKs, but I hear the digital Clear Blue is great, though expensive.

I have used cheapie pregnancy test strips, but I always find myself checking those results with First Response Early Response tests – these can get expensive too!

I don’t know about going to your OBGYN – I never did, but it can’t hurt.

I’d like to put a vote in for charting and temping.  I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I found it reassuring to know when I ovulated and when I could reasonably test.  

Good luck!

Post # 5
423 posts
Helper bee

I prefer the OTC prenatal softgels with DHA by Nature Made. The ones prescribed by the drs were always way too rough on my stomach. For a boost without the caffeine I use MIO energy water enhancers. You just add a few drops to a bottle of water for a bit of a flavor and the “get up and go”. You can get them with and without caffeine and they are zero calories. I used a Period Tracker app to keep tracks of my cycle and when I was ovulating. It shows you exactly which days you are fertile.  Good Luck

Post # 6
4227 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I personally order all my prenatals from these guys: https://www.melaleuca.com

Actually, even before I got pregnant I got all my vitamins and suppliments from them. I also use many of their cleaning products and body products too (except for the toothpaste…it’s tastes weird). I like them because they seem to be pretty good quality and more natural. I got turned onto them by DH’s family. Most of them have been using these suppliments and products for years!

To answer your query about ovulation kits, I personally didn’t have much luck with them. I am slightly estrogen dominant, so this camoflagued my ‘peaks’. I personally had better success with temp charting. I downloaded this app called Kindara to assist me in this…it is a great app for TTC in my humble opinion.

I also enlisted the help of a naturopath, and she was a liscenced accupuncturist as well so I also did that. I switched to only having one cup of coffee in the morning, and would sip hot water and lemon through the rest of the day….it’s refreshing at least. I also dramatically cut back on my beloved wine…and only had a glass or two with dinner. The HARDEST part for me was quitting smoking! I quit in August and began TTC in November.

In case you are wondering, it took me seven months to get pregnant, and I am currently 16 weeks along 🙂

Post # 8
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I take the Rainbow Light prenatals. We haven’t officially decided to TTC yet but figured I would start taking them just in case. I’m hoping to lose some weight first.

Post # 9
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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SaraJeanQ :  No running in the first trimester?!? What on earth?

Post # 10
619 posts
Busy bee

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lovebirds2016 :  I second Rainbow Lights. Get them on Amazin- they are a fraction of the retail cost.

Also, eat as much lunch meat, rare red meat and seafood, soft cheese, salad bars, soft serve ice cream and wine as you can before TTC. The convenience factor of eating dramatically decreases once pregnant. 

Post # 11
1470 posts
Bumble bee

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Brook10 :  Rainbow Lights are popular because they are cheap.  But if you read around a bit there are some issues.. are you taking a seperate DHA supplement?  One reviewer separately reviewed and compared the top 6 or so pill companies.  Interesting read.  Copy and paste from what she said about Rainbow brand, out of 5 stars:

I rated Rainbow Light Prenatal DHA two stars because it is GMO free, it is cholesterol free, and it is mercury free. On the other hand, it is a very large pill (1425 mgs), it has a low DHA potency, it has a low omega-3 potency (22%), it is not IFOS five star rated, it contains Vitamin E, it contains choline, it contains soy, it contains ascorbyl palmitate, some of the ingredients may be sourced from China, the product is manufactured in Columbia, and the company was evasive about providing information.

Post # 12
9772 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I took the vitafusion gummies.

Buy the cheap wondfo OPKs and HCG tests on amazon.

Post # 13
1304 posts
Bumble bee


I take gummy vitamins, the nature made ones made me nauseous even when taking them after/during a big meal. 

If you smoke, start quitting and stay hydrated (get used to drinking lots of water). 

Otherwise, enjoy yourself! Don’t stress or overthink it. Stress is bad for baby making. Enjoy the time with your hubby and get excited about your future 🙂 

Post # 14
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

I’m planning to ttc #2 in Nov/Dec and I’m just taking the cheapest one I’ve found. The reason for this is because I believe multivitamins have been found to be unnecessary and you just pee it out anyway, so I’m just taking the cheapest as a ‘placebo’ if that makes sense. Like I just feel like I should but I’m not splashing out cash on it. I easy very healthily anyway.

Post # 15
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

I work in a Doctors office and by far the best prenatal Vitamin out there is Citranatal. This is your baby you’re talking about. It is worth the little extra cost to get the best and to give you and your baby everything you need. 


The best advice  I can give you is to read the ingredients on the back and compare. ACOG recommends certain doses of specific ingredients so I would make sure your prenatal vitamin has all of that. 

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