For those who took prenatals during TTC

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We aren’t currently TTC yet, but I have started taking prenatals anyway. I figure at least then my body is getting nutrients it needs and maybe it’ll help my hair/nails grow 😉 I’ve heard from a (currently prego) friend that starting them about 3 months before TTC is ideal but I could be wrong. It took them about 7-8 cycles to get their BFP and she’s been taking them the entire time – her doctor didn’t say anything negative about it.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You definitely want to start folate / folic acid before you TTC. The rest – no big deal.

I took a prenatal for like 2.5 months before we started trying. Other people take them much longer. All the extra iron got to me a bit, but I have a strong stomach so it wasn’t too bad. There’s a million different kinds, so you can always ask your doctor to recommend one with lower iron if that bothers you. Then you can switch when you actually get pregnant and start building up blood volume and your body can use the extra iron instead of it just hanging out and messing with your digestive system.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The consensus is to start them 3 months prior to TTC to allow our body to accrue enough, particularly of folate, to be able to support ahealth pregnancy, particularly if you get lucky in your first month. And, no, taking a prenatal does not increase the risk of miscarriage or complications. REs would not require IF patients to take it if it did, considering that RE success rates are published for the world to see.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve never heard of prenatal vitamins causing (or even having anything to do with) miscarriage. I’ve been taking mine daily since October and started TTC in March. Most doctors recommend all women of childbearing age to take a prenatal. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

anonbebe88:  my OB wrote a script when we were about to start  TTC and I took them for two months or so before TTC just bc I had time to, then took them the whole 10cyclEd we were trying. I use the generic of Citranatal Assure which is a combo pack with DHA.

Target (regular not gummy) up and up prenatal a would be my second choice even though they, along with most prenatals, are lacking iodine. Citranatal assure and the generic has everything important; with my insurance its $8/mo making it cheaper than OTC (even without buying DHA but way cheaper than buying both separate) but YMMV.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/womens-health/pregnant-women-need-iodine-supplement-doctors-say-n113326

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Although we haven’t talked about a timeline to start TTC, it will probably be within the next 3-4 months. At my yearly appointment with my doctor back in April, she told me to start taking prenatals as soon as the regalar multi’s I was taking ran out – just to start building up  the folic acid and other nutrients.

I bought the Women’s One a Day Prental with DHA, and just started taking them a couple weeks ago. I figured those would be a good place to start and see about switching to something different later, if needed.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

anonbebe88:  I saw my OB for a routine annual right before we were going to start TTC and she strongly suggested that I take prenatals that had folic acid. I started taking them maybe 2 weeks before we TTC?

I’ve never heard of prenatals causing a miscarriage or complications.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My doctors have recommended that all women of childbearing age take a prenataL regardless of TTC or not! I’m a pharmacist and never heard of prenatals causing miscarriage or issues for baby. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I started a prenantal close to a year before we conceived.  My OB/GYN recommended it as soon as I thought about going off the pill.

I think your source is full of crap.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We plan on TTC right after our wedding in August, so my doctor said to go on them before TTC to make sure my body is going to be ready and said it will help a little bit to TTC if my body is healthy. So I would say taking them before TTC would be a good idea. Never heard of it having any negative effects on future pregnancy otherwise im assuming they wouldnt suggest them if this was true.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Every healthcare professional I’ve ever worked with (including many OBs) promotes taking prenatal vitamins at least 3 months prior to TTC. In fact, most of them recommend that all women of childbearing years take prenatals because so many pregnancies are unplanned. I’ve never heard of a real study that showed any association with miscarriage and there is copious evidence of the benefits of taking prenatals prior to TTC. So I started taking prenatalslong before I started TTC and will continue after I give birth. Especially now that i found out I can get them for free through my insurance.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

anonbebe88:  I went on prenatals 6 months prior to TTC. Absolutely no side effects. Only strenghts.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve never heard of them causing problems either! I started taking them last September to make my hair grow and we will start TTC in August! I’ve done capsules and gummies. I prefer the gummies, but they don’t have iron so I will be switching back to capsules when this bottle is gone!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I switched birth control pills for prenatal pills. I never had an issue with them.

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