(Closed) Prenatal preparation?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Prenatals are freaking expensive. I liked the cheap CVS brand ones till I knew I was pregnant, then I started using prescription ones that are designed to play nicer with morning sickness. I also took DHA supplements.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I can’t take prenatal vitamins- they make me puke. I’ve been taking flintstone vitamins throughout my pregnancy. lol. I know that isn’t helpful at all, but I think as long as you are taking any vitamins you should be fine.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

To be perfectly honest my pre-TTC apt was pretty rediculous. I was told to start prenatals, that I didn’t need to wait after going of birth control, and that I should eat healthy and stay active. And I guess unless you have a particular medical condition, there’s not really anything else you can do. Congrats on being almost ready to TTC.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@flamingred:I love Flintstones! Those are my normal non-TTC vitamins and I took them for about 4 weeks during the first trimester when the idea of swallowing a real prental was just not gonna happen. My OB said it was totally fine.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

I took a really great class taught by Sara of 2000dollarwedding called Purposeful Conception. (If you remember to mention you heard it from me, I get like $5, but I don’t care if you do, because it was good enough to just plain recommend.)

 

Five weeks, exercises and daily blog posts and things to think about.  Google Purposeful Conception to find her.  I highly recommend it for the type of planning you’re talking about.

/infomercial

I wish we’d had a better (ahem, larger) baby savings plan, but we did talk about parenting and timing, started to try to eat better, and I (mostly) gave up drinking and caffeine.  I’ve been taking a prenatal for a while, too.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Our home and the two acres it sits on

One more thing: the book “Body, Soul, Baby” has a whole chapter on preconception planning, AND is a pretty fabulous book.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I take my prenatals at night right before bed.  I don’t know if they make me sick because I sleep right through it!  I would highly recommend that if prenatals make you queezy.  My doctor did a few tests to make sure all my vaccines were current and that my thyroid was functioning normally and then suggested I cut back on booze and caffeine, but she did mention that’s more important when you actually ARE pregnant than in the months before.  

Good luck!  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My doctor had done the same thing, told me “prenatal vitamin”, but didn’t tell me what kind. I made a thread about it a couple weeks ago. I ended up choosing the “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal”.

My doctor also told me to take fish oil for DHA and EPA. Note: You have be careful not to get mercury-laden fish. I’m leaning towards going with krill oil; they are at the bottom of the food chain, so virtually no contamination, and they have all the good stuff (Omega 3s, DHA, EPA). Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA looks pretty good too, maybe I’ll use both.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

The basics to TTC are:

1. Take your pre-natals. You can take a multivitamin + folic acid + DHA if you can’t take the “real” prenatals, because as some other posters mentioned, they make some women sick. A Flinstone’s is better than nothing! : )

2. Don’t drink alcohol once you’ve actively started TTC, because the nervous system is one of the first systems to develop, and that’s what alcohol affects the most.

3. Make sure that any medications you are taking are safe to continue taking when you’re pregnant.

If you haven’t already, look into family planning techniques (temperature, cycle charting, etc.). You mentioned you were on a fertility medication already, so you’ve probably used all that, but just in case! : D

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@bloodgo1: I had really bad nausea, and while normally I’m a champion pill-swallower, the idea of trying to down something I couldn’t chew into itty bitty pieces and swallow a bit at a time… no way. I also thought that they exacerbated the nausea, so that probably didn’t help. I’d seriously look at them (or any other big pill) and just gag.

Flinstones gummy vitamins were fine though 🙂

(And now I’m over it and take my prenatals like a big girl again)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Prenatal vitamins are free at Meijer with a prescription.  I am guessing since you are in Michigan you have one nearby.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Here is something that might help:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins

Are all prenatal vitamins the same?

No, they are not. Look for one that includes approximately:   

  • 400 mcg of folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 mg of calcium
  • 70 mg of vitamin C
  • 3 mg of thiamine
  • 2 mg of riboflavin
  • 20 mg of niacine
  • 6 mcg of vitamin B12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 17 mg of iron

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I couldn’t take prenatals until I was about 4 months along, it was just too much vitamin for my body to absorb and I’d vomit. I took Flinestone Gummy vits (still do, actually) along with a folic acid when I was pregnant.

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