Post # 1
Unfortunately for us, my husband and I are waiting at least 3-4 more years until we have a baby. I’m in graduate school, and juggling a dissertation and a baby just doesn’t seem possible.
But my question is, how early should I start taking prenatal vitamins? I believe the rule is usually 2 years before you start trying to conceive, but I wasn’t sure. I’m currently on a regular daily multivitamin with 400 mcg of Folic Acid just in case we would get any surprises before then, but I’d like to be able to plan ahead.
Also, when did you switch your diet to be more “pregnancy friendly?” I eat fruits, veggies, and grains daily, but I’ll certainly be much stricter on sweets, caffeine and the like closer to conception time.
Post # 3
I’m not pregnant or TTC, but we will be trying after our wedding in November. I’m taking prenatal vitamins now (I like what they do for my skin and hair). I started taking them last month. Before that I was taking just a daily multivitamin. I have already started modifying my diet and getting in better shape to make sure my body is ready when we do start TTC.
Post # 4
I took prenatals before the wedding bc it helps with hair and nails. I highly doubt there is any harm starting them whenever.
As for the diet, I didn’t change much but it’s more important to be in a good physical health. So if your diet is hurting that then change it. I don’t really believe a lot of the hype about having to radically change diets. Women have been getting pregnant for centuries so unless you run in to some bumps on your way then I’d wait until the doctor advises you to cut back on certain things.
Post # 5
@MrsEdamame: Same here, I am not pregnant or TTC yet however, I will be going off BC the end of December and will start taking the PN Vitamins then… We will be TTC starting next summer (July 2012) so I guess you can say 7 months or so in advance for us…. I have already started changing my diet due to the wedding, etc… so my plan is to keep that up for good…
Post # 6
I didn’t start taking my vitamins until a month or 2 prior to TTC
But I heard somewhere that women of child bearing age should be taking folic acid. One reason is sometimes things don’t happen the way we plan so if you were to get pregnant before you planned, the baby would be set up for health development.
Like someone else said…I don’t think there is any harm in taking them years before you plan to TTC. They are filled with good things 🙂
Post # 7
We are not TTC and really not thinking we want to until after my 21st birthday in Oct. but I started taking them for my hair and nails and will continue to take them just incase
Post # 8
My cousin is a genetic counselor and she said you should start taking prenatals 3 months before you start TTC.
Post # 9
My OB/GYN said I could start taking prenatals any time, but to start at least 3 months before TTC. (I started taking them a couple months ago, we won’t TTC until this summer.)
My OB/GYN also told me to eat plenty of protein/meat.
I’ve recently started reading “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting”, I suggest getting the book.
Some things I would have never in a million years thought about. For example, I drink lots of green tea, healthy right? But apparently green tea hinders the absoption of folic acid, so now I’m cutting back on it.
Post # 10
@abbyful: Oh wow…that’s great to know. I love green tea and also have been making sure to get my folic acid…good to know it was canceling the other out! haha