How long on prenatals before TTC?

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
10387 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I started taking prenantals about 3 months before TTC (we are planning on starting next month) but to be honest the first two months I was pretty spotty about it and only remembered about half the time and have only gotten in the habit of taking them every single day recently. 

It’s not a huge deal to not take them a whole 3 months beforehand. If you can, you should. If you can’t or haven’t I wouldn’t stress about it or postpone TTC.

Post # 3
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I didn’t start taking prenatals until we started TTC. I did very little research untill we started, ha! It took us 6 cycles to get pregnant so I was was taking them for 6 months prior to pregnancy. A balanced diet is probably more important than anything else. We’ve been having babies as a species long before prenatals were even thing. I don’t think one or two months before trying will make a huge difference.


Baby dust to you! 

Post # 4
16 posts

Birthed two healthy baby boys and only started prenatals once I determined I was preggy. 

Post # 5
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

They say three months but many have totally healthy pregnancies without taking prenatals beforehand!  I don’t think I’d put off TTC for three months just to take prenatals for that long.  I’d just start taking them as soon as I could.

Post # 6
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

My provider said I could take some folic acid if I wanted before TTC, but that as long as I started a prenatal on day 1 of TTC, it’d be 100% fine. I haven’t done much research on it, but she seemed to hint that the “1/3/6 months beforehand” is unsubstantiated and a tactic to sell more of them. 

We’re supposed to start TTC next month, so I’ll probably grab some on day 1 of that cycle. I’ve been taking a folic acid supplement 2-3x a week for awhile now, just to try and start getting in the habit. 

Post # 7
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I started 2-3 weeks before I got pregnant with my first and he turned out fine. My understanding was that you really want to make sure your body has enough folate because it’s critical for the early development of the neural tube, but I was also told that it’s not something your body really stores up on (whatever you aren’t using you will just pee out) so I’m not totally sure why they say you need to start so far in advance. I definitely wouldn’t put off ttc for 3 months just to be taking prenatal vitamins but I would also want to be sure I was taking them before getting pregnant.

Post # 8
3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I started taking prenatals when we started TTC, but I was taking a multivitamin that had 600mcg of folate(folic acid) for 2 years prior to TTC.

Post # 9
549 posts
Busy bee

i started 3-4 months before.  i had my annual appointment with my gyno and mentioned that i was planning to TTC in the fall, and she recommended it.  i’ve taken a daily multivitamin all my life so at some point i just swapped it out for a prenatal.  i wouldn’t stress about this though– if you are starting to TTC now, just grab a vitamin at the drug store and start now.  

Post # 10
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@stephy1872:  I started three months before TTC. 

Post # 11
1194 posts
Bumble bee

I started three months before TTC, but it took us 8 cycles for me to get pregnant so I was on them for quite a while.  I also had to try a few different kinds because the NatureMade ones have a lot of synthetic ingredients that majorly upset my stomach.  I now take the Actif Organics brand (you can get them from Amazon) and they have more food-based ingredients that work a lot better for me.

Post # 12
2255 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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@stephy1872:  ideally the 3 month recommendation is to give your body enough time to correct any vitamin deficiencies you might have that could affect pregnancy. The neural tube is developing at 5 weeks, so having your folic acid levels nice and high will prevent neurologic abnormalities.

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