(Closed) Folic acid and vitamins…lots of questions

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you are already taking 1 mg of folic acid daily, don’t take prenatal vitamins in addition to that until you talk to your doctor.  1 mg is 1000 mcg, which is the dose of folic acid in prescription prenatal vitamins.

Oh and, congrats! 🙂

Post # 18
92 posts
Worker bee

You can NOT overdose on Folic Acid! Go ahead & take the 1 MG & the prenatel. It’s fine… I’ve been on 4 MG for a year due to complications with my first pregnancy. My doctor assured me you can not over dose.


Post # 19
821 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Congrats!  Very exciting news for you and your Fiance 🙂

I went to my dr a few weeks ago and mentioned we will be TTC in July and he prescribed me folic acid tablets to start taking now.   I asked him about prenatal vitamins and he seemed to think they were not necessary, even for pregnant women!

I already take womens multi, iron and fish oil tablets daily and he knows that so maybe that is why he said I don’t need prenatal vitamins as well but he said the main thing in the prenatal vitamins is the folic acid so tablets alone for that are fine.  


Post # 20
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m going to start TTC sometime after my wedding (need to talk to my RE when she gets back to teh country), and my doctor suggested I switch from my women’s multi to a prenatal vitamin. I bought a brand that a friend recommended. I also take zinc (to help immune system – I can’t take echinecea), viactiv for calcium, and omega 3/6/9 with flax seed. She said those are fine to take, but theres prolly enough zinc in my prenatal. She did remind me to take it with food and that it may make me a little nauseous. She said that prenatals have a bit more folic acid than multis

Post # 21
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Folic acid is a water soluble vitamin so any excess you don’t need will be eliminated through your urine. Women who are at high risk of having a baby with neural tube defects (family history of them or a previous pregnancy with one) are routinely prescribed 4mg folic acid tablets, so four times the amount you have. All prenatal vitamins will have at least 800 mcg of folic acid in them so if you’re worried about too much (I wouldn’t be though), I’d stop taking the folic acid pill and just take a normal prenatal vitamin.

There are lots and lots of different prenatals out there and it can be a bit overwhelming! I take Belly Bar chewables as I hate swallowing pills and these are the only chewable ones with iron. There are different gummy varieties out there but they don’t have iron and the vitamin A doesn’t come from beta-carotene, which is the recommended source for vitamin A. Rainbow light is another one I’ve heard very good things about.

I second the recommendation to stay away from Dr Google, but I do think checking out reputable sites, like March of Dimes or government sponsored sites can provide some good info without all the scare factor.

Happy and healthy nine months to you!

Post # 24
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would also talk to the OB about what asthma meds you can/can’t take. I know my friend who has severe asthma was on a limited amount she could take when she was pregnant.

And as far as the calls to the OB….they are used to it. I always say to the better safe than sorry. Unless you are calling them every day several times a day then you are good 🙂

Post # 26
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was afraid of that but didn’t want to say anything in case I was wrong and freak you out unnecesarily. I hope you are able to find something that works in place of it!

Post # 28
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

Make sure there is 8-11 grams of Zinc in the multivitamin!!! It may upset your tummy so take it with food =)


DHA is a good one to have on board also. Costco has a great prenatal with folic acid and DHA. DHA aids in brain development =)


One of the doctors I work with recommends the centrum one with DHA; it’s two separate pllls. She gave me some samples today as a congrats on the baby present.

Post # 29
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you start taking prenatals but find they make you feel sick, you can take a children’s gummy multi-vitamin and separate folic acid for your first trimester!

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