Need recommendations: prenatal vitamins

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  • Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If you want to make sure you get folate, you can take a vitamin B complex as it will contain folate, which is vitamin B9. I actually don’t take a prenatal at all since I don’t digest them well. Instead I take a vitamin B complex twice a day and three capsules of vitamineral greens twice a day for the calcium and iron. 

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Another recommendation for Thorne here. I’ve been taking it for about 3 years now (before and during pregnancy and continuing through breastfeeding). My midwife recommended it because of the methylfolate since I have the MTHFR mutation. As with most multivitamins, it can make me slightly queasy, but 99% of the time I take it right before bed and don’t notice. It only bothers me if I end up staying up and hour or more after taking my vitamins.

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

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    @krt9182021:  there’s no way to know if you have MTHFR unless you specifically get tested for it. It’s estimated that up to 40% of the population has it, so that’s pretty significant, and unfortunately a lot of people don’t find out about it until they have a baby with a neural tube defect. Unless you get tested, it’s safe to assume you may have it. I’m sure you can find methylated folate on it’s own, but it’s probably not as cost effective as just getting a prenatal with it. 

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

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    @krt9182021:  there’s a blood test (MTHFR mutation, two variants), but it’s not likely something you would able to have tested unless you were pursuing fertility treatments.  Not only can abnormal folic acid metabolism, it can lead to excesssive homocysteine which has been linked to miscarriage/CPs 

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    @anev:  You don’t have to be experiencing fertility problems to request the test. My provider suspected I may have one of the variants because of certain conditions I have that are correlated (as it turns out, I have both) and added it to my routine bloodwork. This was about a year before I started TTC, so I had plenty of time to be on an appropriate prenatal beforehand.

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee

    Does anyone have any resources/good websites where you can input a prenatal ingredient list and see if it meets recommended daily intakes for those TTC?  If this doesn’t exist, it needs to! I’m finding it challenging to compare all the options out there.

    Regarding folate – I’m seeing different recommended daily dosages – between 400 to 600 mcg. Would some of you be able to share how much you are taking in your prenatal?

    Thanks!

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’m taking Baby & Me 2. They’re huge but have methylfolate and are just veggies. They are a bit pricey though. 

    Post # 25
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    Newbee

    We’re about to start ttc, and I’ve tried a few different brands of prenatals over the last couple months. I prefer gummy vitamins because I’m not a huge fan of taking pills, and found that the Olly brand tasted the best of the ones I tried. However, the Olly vitamins have folic acid and I’m concerned about the possibility of not being able to absorb that effectively, so I switched to Ritual which has methylated folate. I might look into the Smarty Pants brand mentioned earlier in the thread since they’re the only gummies I’ve seen with methylfolate. 

    Someone mentioned choline further up the thread. I have also read some things online about the importance of choline in fetal brain development. Ritual has choline, but only 55mg (10% daily value), so I’m planning to add an additional choline supplement. 

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