(Closed) Anyone just take folic acid instead of multivitamin when TTC?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Me. 800 mcg of folate a day as per my OB/gyn’s recommendation until I got pregnant. 😉 good luck!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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LittleKBee :  I did! I felt my diet was plenty healthy and varied enough that a daily multivitamin would’ve been overkill. However, the second time we TTCed I took vitamin D as well (I had my levels checked and they were borderline low, so I took a mega-dose for a week and then just a maintenance dose) and we did conceive faster the second time (2 months vs five months) but that obviously could just be chance. It might be worth taking vitamin D if you live in a more northern climate or wear a lot of sunscreen/are fair-skinned. Vitamin D is really important for fertility and embryo development.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I only took (and still only take) a combined folate and iodine tablet.  I’m 12 weeks pregnant today and there’s no need to take any other vitamins or minerals unless your diet is poor or you are already deficient.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I took folic acid and vitamin D as per NHS recommendations (I’m in the UK), and will continue to do so until around week 12 or when the midwife says so. 🙂 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

Same as the pp I’m British and a multivitamin is no longer recommended, you absorb more through healthy food and just pee a lot of multivitamins’ nutrients out. I’m ttc and am taking folic acid along with a separate magnesium and B vit supplement since that supposedly helps prevent morning sickness and I was bedridden with hyperemesis last time and am terrified 🙁

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I take methylfolate, B12 and Vit.D and that’s it!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I take a multivitamin with folic acid in it. I have a healthy diet and I know that anytying extra will be peed out.

I just found a reasonably priced tablet that’s easy to swallow. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

After I had a miscarriage my OBGYN recommended that I take extra vitamin D. You should speak with your dr regarding any concerns.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Yes, I did – no problems with getting pregnant / during or after pregnancy.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know someone who just took folic acid because she couldn’t stomach the multivitamin, and this was throughout her pregnancy.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I did. I started a little before TTC untill about 16 weeks pregnant.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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MrsAKSkier :  Actually darker skinned people in Northern climates need more to take Vit D because they dont absorb it as much due to melanin concentration. Everyone needs it though if you lived in teh North Pole like I do, lol

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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MrsAKSkier :  Just wanted to point out that actually vitamin D is more likely to be a problem if you are are dark skinned than if you are light skinned. People of Northern European origin have evolved to live in less sunny places and adapted to absorb more vit D from not much sun. If you take a darker skinned person outside their natural sunny environment eg Africa they will need to supplement with vit D because their body expects an African-level dose and won’t get enough from the Swedish or Scottish sun!

Just folic acid is fine for most people who eat well before they are pregnant. Folate is better as there are some people who don’t absorb folic acid very well. Eat folate rich foods and you’ll be fine.

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