Did you take prenatal vitamins?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I started taking my prenatals 6 months before we were planning on TTC (3 months before we ended up starting to try).  Honestly, it gave me horrible motion sickness for about 2 weeks, then I was fine.  That was September 2017, and I’ve refused to stop taking them until we’re done having babies/I’m done breastfeeding.  I don’t want to go through that transition again.

Honestly, besides it being recommended you start prenatals 3 months before TTC, I’m glad I did because the adjustment period would have made my first trimester so much worse than it was.

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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kaitlyn8298 :  my doc told me to start taking them well before TTC. I found that they made my kind of sick so he said it was really the folic acid that I needed which a regular women’s vitamin had plenty of – the iron in prenatals was what made me queasy. I made the switch back once I was actually pregnant and continued on them through nursing and then TTC the second kid (and now my second pregnancy). 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My OBGYN recommended starting to take them 1-3 months before and also echoed a lot of what PPs have said here about making sure you are getting a good dose of folic acid is the most important, a bonus if it has that plus iron. 

DH and I TTC for a month (due to trying to plan around some future events) and I was on them for like 2 weeks at that point. We’ve since put active TTC plans on hold but I’m still taking my gummies. I take the VitaFusion Prenatal gummies, which are pretty yummy but I’m sure not the best of the best. Once I finish this bottle I’ll probably switch to a more well-known brand. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Start taking them at least 3 months before TTC. I actually swapped out my regular vitamins for prenatals a few years before TTC, just in case of an “oops.”

They didn’t actually make me feel sick/nauseated until I became pregnant, then I had to start taking them before bed or else I’d be miserable all day.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I started taking them before I was off BC mainly for the hair/skin/nails benefits before the wedding. Then I just kept taking them after I got off BC. I took them for almost a year before we concieved. To make sure I take them every day (I’m notorious for skipping things like this – which is why I was on the ring instead of the pill) and to avoid the morning sickness that comes with them sometimes, I took them every night before I went to bed. It was the easiest for me! 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

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kaitlyn8298 :  I dont think brand has to do with them making you sick. You can get some where you take multiple pills a day instead of one big one which might help. But just a regular multivitamin makes me sick if I take it in the morning. That’s why I suggest taking it before bed. I had no issues that way. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee

As everyone else has said, just start taking them now. They aren’t going to magically make you get knocked up while you’re still on the pill haha. On another note, not trying to scare you, just sharing my personal experience. I was on BCP for 8 years and when I got off I didn’t get my normal cycle for 3 months! So if you are wanting to start ttc right after getting married, it might be worth exploring getting off the pill a few months before to give your body a chance to regulate itself. The BCP more or less stops your normal hormone production and prevents ovulation altogether so it might take time for everything to wake back up. Just my opinion. Some people are so lucky and return to normal right away!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

There is no reason to wait to take them. 

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You can just take the gummy ones for now. It’s the iron that usually makes people sick and gummys don’t have iron.

Post # 28
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Helper bee

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kaitlyn8298 :  I have some friends who had a pretty bad adjustment time when going off the pill (breakouts, weight gain, etc.). I’d wait till after the wedding if I were you, depending on how urgently you want to get pregnant. For prenatals, I’ve tried a couple and settled on one without iron. Iron can cause things like nausea and constipation, and I read somewhere (of course I don’t remember where now) that most women don’t really need an iron supplement until later on in a pregnancy. Lately I’ve cut out my prenatal and just take folic acid.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

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kaitlyn8298 :  Totally understand! It sounds like you’ve considered all of your options and have chosen what is best for you. 🙂 I hope that your cycle syncs right back up to a normal one and you don’t have to worry about waiting. It’s great to have a plan!

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

It is recommended to take pre-natal vitamins at least a few months before you want to conceive. They are safe for you to take even while on the pill. Good luck.

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