(Closed) Just found out I'm pregnant (not planned)! What vitamins to take? HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2918 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Just take whatever good multivitamin you can find, and either make sure it contains 400 mcg of folic acid, or take a separate folic acid supplement too.

Post # 4
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Or you can get prenatal vitamins from any drugstore! Other than that, just try to eat and sleep lots. Even when you’re tryingin Canada, all you really get when you do know is a pregnancy confirmation appointment, and then no more appointments until 8-10 weeks at most places. I couldn’t even get prenatal advice before the 10 week appointment, so I just read books and the internet to figure out what I was supposed to be doing! Congratulations – it’s a big thing to get your head wrapped around even when you are trying!

Post # 5
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Any prenatal vitamin should be  fine. I started off taking the vitafusion gummies, then switched to the Centrum prenatals.  Also, when I asked my Dr. for recommendations, he said you could take Flintstones vitamins! (But I’m not sure about the dosage.)

Post # 6
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ll add that in addition to a prenatal with adequate folic acid, you should get DHA for baby’s brain development. They make prenatal DHA supplements but I just take double strength fish oil (2400mg). 

Congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 7
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Congratulations!  Take the prenatal vitamins.  No smoking, alcohol, or recreational drugs.  No OTC meds except tylenol.  If you are on any medications, check with your gyn.

Post # 8
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You need 800 of folic acid. I take the rainbow light prenatals plus their DHA supplement. My doctor said any over the counter prenatal is sufficient or if they are too harsh on your stomach you can take two Flintstones vitamins. Like PP I started out taking the gummy prenatals but felt I needed iron which those do not have. Fortunately the rainbow light prenatals are food based and don’t upset my stomach at all.

Post # 9
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I took the target or Walmart generic pre natals. They have all the iron you need and are like $5 a bottle.

Post # 10
2863 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Any prenatal vitamin will do. There isn’t too much to do except keep living your life as always except for the obvious things a woman can’t do when she’s pregnnt. 

Post # 11
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2006

prenavites..i can buy it over the counter..



Post # 12
2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@BijouKitty:  wow congratulations! how does that even happen at the hospital?! how did they know?

Post # 13
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Not all vitamins are created equal.  And, it is not something I would settle on.  I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and Nordic Naturals.

Post # 14
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dr said a prenatal vitamin and a vitamin d supplement. 

Post # 15
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015


 I would say DO NOT take any vitamins until you’ve been to an OB/GYN. Most prenatel vitamins aren’t available over the counter, you’re still within your first trimester and barely a month gone so you don’t need to freak out about getting the proper medication. 

I know that you’re an adult so I wouldn’t patronise you with the whole ‘you could take this and it would be bad for the baby’ speech, because I think that you’re old enough to read the back of a pill bottle. Buuuutt on the other hand, there may be vitamins that are available but are pretty much useless/frowned upon by doctors so I would leave it until you’ve been to see a professional. Your OB/GYN is payed to ensure you get the best and this really on you have nothing to worry about in regards to lack of vitamin consumption. 

Oh, and congratulations. 


Post # 16
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BridieBea:  Prenatal vitamins are actually most essential to the baby’s development in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy to aid with brain and spine development and to prevent disorders such as spina bifida. There are many medical references that confirm this and any gyn would agree. Most ob/gyns do not see pregnant patients for the first appointment until 8 weeks or later, which is much too late to start prenatals. So, it is actually imperative to start prenatals as soon as one finds out they’re pregnant and before that first appt (actually even before becoming pregnant since babies’ development is enhanced by the build up of folic acid in the mother’s body prior to conception). Furthermore, prenatal vitamins are fairly mundane as they are simply vitamins, rather than medication – they are available over the counter and work as a multivitamin with some extra nutrients pregnant women need and usually folic acid. 

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