(Closed) Folic Acid vs. Prenatal Vitamins in Months Before TTC?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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MissAnnabelLee:   We are are just starting the process of TTC, I have been taking prenatals for a few months now. From what I gather, prenatals will have a lower does of vitamin A than your regular multi vitamin. Im not sure what daily does  you should have of vitamin A while TTC/pregnant but i know it’s lower than when you’re not. Curious to see what others say as well.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You should be taking both. My prenatal has the recommended dose of folic acid. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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MissAnnabelLee:  My doctor told me just take folic acid for now then a prenatal once we get pregnant, so that’s what I’m doing. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

A prental vitamin is just a multivitamin with higher folic acid content and slightly different levels of most other vitamins based on what a pregnant body might need more or less of. These days ALL women’s multivitamins contain folic acid, because the current recommendation is for every woman of childbearing age to take it since it doesn’t hurt anything and makes such a huge difference in preventing neural tube defects/spina bifida. My regular multivitamin has 400mcg and prenatal has 800mcg, but honestly comparable levels of everything else. I actually took the regular multis for a few months before conceiving and a few months into my pregnancy, since my NP said I didn’t have to switch until I ran out unless I really wanted to. 

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Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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MissAnnabelLee:  my GYN said I should start taking vitamins with folic acid 3 months before I TTC. She said regular multivitamins with it or prenatals would work.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Folic acid is just that, folic acid.

A prenatal has a lot more vitamins in it, as well as the folic acid. Personally I took a prenatal. I did the gummy ones without iron until I was pregnant, and then switched because the extra iron is hard on my stomach.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

My doc recommended that I take folic acid (she recommended nature’s made brand) rather than a prenatal, because prenatals have other vitamins in them which I don’t need (ex: iron, which can make you constipated). Accordingly, I’m taking folic acid daily. I also take fish oil daily.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I only take folate because of a suspected MTHFR defect (still looking into getting tested)

My regimen is:

Thorne Prenatal 3x/day; has folate

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-Complex which provides supplemental folate (1 in morning, 1 at night)

Docor’s Choice Methylated Folate at lunchtime


I also take 2x 500 mg Evening Primrose oil in the morning and evening (Whole Foods brand now, but looking to switch as this doesn’t seem to be having much effect) and looking into starting Vitex soon.

It’s not cheap, but we’re not young, so I’m hedging my bets.


Post # 11
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My doctor put me on a prescribed prenatal vitamin and a DHA supplement in preparation to TTC. The prenatal vitamin contains the daily recommended dose of folic acid.

Post # 12
361 posts
Helper bee

My doctor said do folic acid first then switch to prenatal when you are pregnant

Post # 13
886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

i started with just folic acid but i also started a year before i was planning to start TTC. the longer the folic acid is in your system, the better for helping to prevent neural tube defects. if you have a healthy diet/lifestyle, you don’t necessarily need the other vitamins until you are actually pregnant. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

My prenatal has folic acid in it (Pregvit-by prescription). So I just take that, twice a day. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My OBGYN suggests taking either a multi or a prenatal everyday and an extra folic acid tablet while TTC. The recommended amounts of Folic Acid a day for pregnant women have doubled since I had my first child (7 years ago)


I also added a DHA suppliment right after i got my BFP, had I known I could buy them seperately I would have added it to my daily dosages while TTC.

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