Prenatal vitamin questions

posted 4 weeks ago in Waiting to TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My doc only cared about the folic acid and I started that when I started ttc. I tried prenatals but until I was actually pregnant and needing the extra iron they made me nauseous.i think the brand was nature made? 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - backyard

I started prenatals before because I wanted to know if the nausea was from the vitamins or from pregnancy. I take pink stork since I wanted a vitamin that had 100% of each vitamin I needed and not something like 2000%.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’ve been taking a daily prenatal since I think last Dec/Jan. Started actually ttc last month. I take naturemade. I’m not a fan of Gummi vitamins and the outer coating on them doesn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth like some vitamins. I don’t find I get nauseated with them so I think that’s an individual thing. 

I wanted a brand that was easily accessible and consistent, that I could buy bulk of, and had the core areas covered (folic being the main but some other areas that I noticed some vitamins didn’t have or had lesser quantities of). 

I would talk to your doctor though and get their recommendations if you’re concerned or looking for alternatives. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I started 3 months before TTC because I wanted to see how they affected me first. I took it at night and never had any issues. I took the Kirkland one because it was cheap. They taste awful though.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I started when we started TTC, and took the SmartyPants gummies because it has methylfolate. Our midwife’s opinion was that, barring nutritional deficiencies, there was no reason to start earlier…if you start a prenatal on CD 1 of your first cycle, even if you get lucky right away, you have 2 weeks under your belt when baby is conceived, so they always have that extra folate. I’d read about how a large amount of people (up to half, IIRC) have the MTHFR gene mutation and didn’t process regular folic acid/folate well, and someone I know ended up needing to terminate at 5 months due to a host of issues that included spina bifida, so I just didn’t want to chance it (as I have no idea if I have the gene mutation). 

Once we got through the first trimester and the neural tube was formed, I started taking the Olly gummies instead since they’re half the price. I tried the Garden of Life prenatals, but even at 5-6-7 months pregnant, I get really gaggy with pills. In hindsight, I wish I’d found something with iron once I hit 13 weeks, because I ended up getting pretty anemic and am now on some mega duty iron supplements. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I started when we started TTC. I am almost 8 months postpartum and still taking them (was recommended to do while breastfeeding). Starting the TTC journey again and still taking them. I take a DHA vitamin with my prenatal, which I’ve read it important for development as well.  

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Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I started taking them as soon as we started TTC, and continued through post partum. I am taking them again because we are TTC #2 right now. I take the Smarty Pants Organic vitamins now, but took VitaFusion Prenatals during my first pregnancy. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I took prenatals when I found out I was three months pregnant for both pregnancies. I stop taking them a month postpartum. I have doubts if they even help since my mom and aunts didn’t take them but my science brain says it can’t hurt I guess. I have a friend who didn’t take them at all. All the babies turn out healthy. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I started taking prenatals when I found out I was pregnant, at about 5 weeks.  My son is perfectly healthy, walked early, seems smart enough (haha), so I imagine that starting prenatals when you start TTC will be sufficient.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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@Dancingbee2021:  do not go for prenatals that have methylfolate, only folic acid has been proven to prevent neural tube defects which is super important. So just be wary of designer prenatals. I take prenatals when TTC, and I took them as a multivitamin throughout post-partum. IF you are interested “babiesafter35” has a great string of saved stories about it, and she’s a maternal fetal medicine doctor (specializing in complex pregnancies). 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I started taking prenatals when I was 6 weeks with my first since he was a happy surprise and while TTC for this pregnancy. I could barely keep anything down with my first pregnancy due to hyperemesis so I switched to the gummy and it seems to be helping…and then I also take Iron separately because iron is hardly ever in the gummy vitamins. I take that every 2-3 days and not daily because it’s so so constipating so be aware of that 

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