(Closed) Pre-natals question!

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2298 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@tiffanyscanlan:  It’s not too early to start taking prenatals. They just have different vitamin levels (ex. vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, etc.) so just compare labels. It is most important to start taking the folic acid – so if I were you I might just start taking that. Fiance and I won’t be getting married until October, and I’ve already started taking folic acid in preparation because want to TTC soon after the wedding.

Post # 4
8823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@tiffanyscanlan:  prenatal vitamins are just vitamins.  the levels of the ingrediants are a little different than a standard women’s vitamin.


i would start them 6 month – 1 year prior to TTC. but you can start anytime you are ready.






Post # 5
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The most important things are supplementing folic acid EVERY day (it’s water soluble so your body doesn’t store it) before you start trying. It is important for neural tube development, which may actually be finished before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.

Secondly, do not over do it on the Vitamin A. Lower amounts of vit A are suggested because high amounts have been tied to birth defects.

Thirdly, supplement iron. Pregnant women are more prone to anemia, so iron supplementation is a good idea to prevent symptoms and fatigue.

Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My doctor recommended 3 moths before TTC, so the iron will affect you less when you do get pregnant!

Post # 7
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Prenatals are pretty similar in content to the typical one a day for women that I was taking, so I switched over well in advance, about 8 months or so. 

Post # 8
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My OB recommended starting prenatals 3 months before TTC. Definitely take it with food, mine made me feel pretty sick until I figured that out!

Post # 9
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@tiffanyscanlan:  I would start them 3-6 months prior to TTC. The most important part of the prenatal is the folic/foltate acid so make sure you are getting enough of that, and most prenatals do a great job of giving you the recommended dose of it. My prenatal gives me an extra boost of it (I take New Chapter organic prenatals).

Post # 10
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s never too early to start. I started taking them 9 months or so before I got pregnant (12 months before we were planning to start TTC).

Post # 11
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@tiffanyscanlan:  I started this summer and I wont be trying to concieve before next spring

just make sure they have 800 or more folic acid.

Post # 13
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@tiffanyscanlan:  I’ve been taking pre-natals for over one year now. They’re just good for you in general so you can start whenever you’d like, preferably 2-3 months before ttc.

Post # 14
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@tiffanyscanlan:  The 800 folic acid is because research has come out that if you have at least that much in your blood it significantly helps reduce the occurance of neural tube defects in the baby’s brain. This actually would arise really quite early in the pregnancy, so that’s why they say you should take the prenatals for a while before. 

I had always heard at least three months. My gyno said to start taking them last year when I switched to charting “just in case.” My new GP said she really wants women to take them for at least a year. It will be about a year for me from the time we started until TTC. 

Post # 16
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

its never too early to take prenatals! I would take them before bed to avoid the iron nausea. I take target brands up and up. Very reasonable! I think 200 for 12.99 ish?

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