Prenatal vitamin vs multi + folic acid

posted 9 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My understanding is that prenatals are higher in the specific vitamins and minerals needed for pregnancy: iron, folic acid, DHA. When it doubt, compare labels.

Post # 3
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think there is a slight difference. I know that most multi have too high of vitamin a which could be bad for baby. I like my prenatel because it also has fish oil in it which is good for me and for baby once I get pregnant. I take First Response gummies. Some can have too high of iron which upsets my stomach, but these don’t have iron in them. I just make sure to get enough iron from my diet. 

Post # 5
4148 posts
Honey bee

MsGinkgo :  prenatals make me sick so during TTC and my pregnancy I just take a multivitamin with enough folic acid and iron. My PCP, RE, and midwife all said this was fine since I also have a healthy diet. 

Post # 6
4983 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MsGinkgo :  My Dr. barely batted an eye when I told her I wasn’t doing the vitamins at all… there is so much folic acid in bread products these days (it’s like fluoride in your water now – in most grain products), as well as in your veggies (folate) if you eat them, that everyone is probably overdoing it when they take prenatals.  She said my plan to have a green smoothie daily should be plenty.

I will not back that up with actual stats, it’s mostly my opinion, but there are studies beginning to determine if there is a correlation between autism and folic acid (and how different women process it) and it made me pretty nervous.  I find it very telling that vitamins aren’t allowed to call the chemical they created “folate”.  That’s because it’s not, so they had to come up with a new term for it and then pretend it’s the same thing and I think the chemical difference there may well be causing concerns. Here’s hoping I didn’t screw up my kid by my decision though!

That probably wasn’t very helpful of me, but what I’m saying is take a look at your diet and see what quantity is really right for you so you’re not overdoing the vitamins!  It may help you make a better decision about what and how much you choose to use.  Also I think it’s possible to get folate (rather than folic acid) pills – e.g. something more natural. 

Post # 8
655 posts
Busy bee

i’m not a vitamin person either but my dr recommended prenatals. i started with prescription vitafol from the doc, and hated them (super bloat). she said i could just do a gummy or generic and that they were all the same, so i switched to vitafusion gummies. but then i got sick of eating candy with my breakfast so now i’m taking rainbow light prenatals. theyre easy on the stomach, but there’s no DHA or iron.

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