Post # 1
I’m not on the boards too much but like to visit and chat a little when I get some free time 🙂
My FI and I are TTC and I decided to give prenatals a try. I know they say to take during pregnancy but I thought it couldn’t hurt while TTC. I was just wondering if you are in the same boat as me and started them while TTC. Have they done anything for you? Were you TTC for a long time and took prenantals and got your BFP soon after? Have you noticed any changes physically? I am just curious. Thanks!
Post # 3
theyre not that different from multivitamins – just slightly higher levels of things like folic acid so baby gets them as soon as you get pregnant
they don’t increase likelihood of bfp and thye shouldnt have any physical changes (well, sometimes iron increases constipation but thats about it)
Post # 4
Prenatals don’t help with TTC at all. It’s recommended that you take them while TTC so that the baby is getting what it needs even before you get your BFP. It’s just a way to ensure your body is getting the nutrientst that it needs.
Post # 5
@Aklove: I started prenatals long before we TTC. They’re basically a regular multivitamin with folic acid. They say women who start taking them before getting pregnant have less morning sickness, but who knows! I still had pretty bad MS despite being on them for almost a year before getting pregnant.
They aren’t going to have any effect on how quickly you get pregnant. It doesn’t hurt to take them, though. Most doctors recommend taking them while TTC.
Post # 6
PP pretty much covered it. We just started TTC and I started taking pre-natals in December. I’ve not noticed anything different since I started taking them, but I want to be covered for when I conceive. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the info ladies! I wasn’t sure if they helped while TTC or not. Good to know that it doesn’t make much of a difference.
Post # 8
Your supposed to take them while TTC (ideally for 3 months before getting pregnant) the reason being you need the nutrients to be absorbed in your body when you concieve. Its healthier for you and healthier for the baby. I’m sure if you told your doctor you are TTC theyd tell you to start prenatals.
I’ve been taking them for about a month or 2 and we are starting to try next cycle. No real change. Although I did avoid catching DH’s sickness twice since then.
Post # 9
I started taking them about 3 weeks ago, and we’re going to start TTC in about a month. I don’t expect them to help with TTC, but I wanted to start them in case I got pregnant quickly.
Post # 10
I started taking prenatals when I went of BCP; we are not actively TTC yet but I don’t think it hurts to start taking them! So far they really made my nails grow! My nails NEVER grew this fast! I can’t tell about my hair cause it’s already long…
Post # 11
As the pp’s have said, prenatals are just vitamins. They’re not going to do anything but make your pee gatoraid yellow.
I took 1mg of folic acid when TTC & then switched to prenatals the cycle I got my 1st BFP. After comparing a couple of different vitamins, I decided to start taking Centrum for Women instead & supplementing with iron since it had more minerals and cost less than Materna.
Post # 12
Prenatal vitamins don’t make you more fertile like the PPs said above. I did notice my energy level go up when I first started taking them, maybe it was the flood of excess vitamins, and haven’t gotten super sick yet.
I have been on them for about 3 months and am currently 5 wks pregnant. Knock on wood, I am not dead tired and have not experienced any severe morning sickness (yet). Maybe they do help?!
Post # 13
Yep, as others have said you should be taking them before and during TTC. Folic acid is very important in preventing neural tube defects.
Post # 14
Some women (like me!) can’t process folic acid and need folate (folic acid is the synethic form of folate). I heard about great hair and nails, but I didn’t experience that. I did make it through a really bad cold/flu season without getting sick, but don’t know if the pill did that. I was on Rainbow Lite prenatals (before I had to switch to something with folate).
Post # 15
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Great hair and nails are usually caused by increased blood flow during pregnancy, not by prenatals, but they certainly can’t hurt those things.
Taking prenatals before conception is recommended to ensure that you are giving the developing blastocyst/embryo the folic acid it needs to complete neural tube developement. Formation of the neural tube starts right away and closure often occurs BEFORE some women even know they are pregnant. Therefore, if you take prenatal vitamins, you will be providing folic acid to the baby as soon as implantation occurs and within the vital window where it is needed. 🙂
Post # 16
In my case, I can’t tell a difference. Been taking them since mid-November. Now I’m around 4 weeks pregnant. Hopefully they are helping the poppyseed size baby.