(Closed) Prenatal vitamins, NFP/FAM, not sure doctor?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

well there’s no harm in taking prenatals as your multi-vitamin. i take them just because i like what they do to my hair.

but it sounds like he has no confidence in charting. if that’s a problem for you, i would find a new doctor.

Post # 4
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Your doctor was wrong. NFP (when used perfectly) is VERY effective birth control. The rate is nowhere near 50%. Forget about taking the prenatals and find a new doctor. His response was medically inaccurate as well as disrespectful.

Post # 5
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

My OB/GYN suggests taking prenatals 6 months before TTC.  Something about building the folic acid in your system to prevent birth defects (but I could be wrong on that explanation).  Other bees might have a better explanation.

Post # 6
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Many medical professionals believe that folic acid is SO important that every young woman having sex, whether trying to conceive or not, should be taking it. The benefits definitely outweigh the risks–neural tube defects are a big deal. I don’t think your doctor was trying to be offensive about your birth control method, but simply telling you about really the only important thing you can be doing before conception if you area already healthy.

Post # 7
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve always heard that when you prepare to TTC, it’s good to start taking prenatal vitamins early… 1) if you do conceive early it’s healthier 2) build it up.

As for the NFP stuff, it does sound as if he isn’t “into” it, which imho, is frustratingly naive and bad for his patients. I always find it funny that Dr’s are so quick to suggest charting to help a woman conceive, but scoff at the same science that can enable a couple to NOT conceive.

We’re NFP users here (successful ones, too) and my insurance just changed as well… If you talk to a local pro-life group; CCL; pregnancy assistance center, catholic charities, etc… most (especially the pregnancy assistance centers) have OB-GYNs they work with… and will probably be more in line with an NFP approach to family planning… They can give you recs for a NFP/FAM believing dr. Also, if you check and see if there are any NAPRO tech. trained Dr’s in your area they will be VERY familiar with it as well. 

Post # 8
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Whether your doctor was making a judgement call on your chosen form of birth control or not is a separate issue from his advice to take prenatals.  Take them.  It doesn’t hurt, only helps.  My doctor suggested the same thing and said it was better safe than sorry, that if you are having sex there is always a chance you could get pregnant so why not take steps to prevent birth defects and be in the best health possible?

All you have to do is read the baby boards to see how many women who weren’t trying end up pregnant!!  

Post # 9
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I got very quick/lame advice the first time I mentioned I was TTC to my regular doctor.  I think when it’s not specifically a prenatal appt they just rush through and hand out some quick pamphlet.  I was kind of sad..I wanted more info, but at the beginning before there are any problems, there’s not a ton to say besides keeping healthy and taking prenatals.  

Post # 10
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i’ve heard that you can start taking prenatals up to one year in advance of ttc. there’s certainly no harm in taking them, and if you find that one brand/type doesn’t agree with you, you have plenty of time to switch and find what works before you actually get pregnant.

Post # 11
6014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

The earlier the better.  It’s not like it’s going to hurt you to take pre natals. 

Post # 13
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d imagine they’d say to start taking them because usually if you’re planning on TTC you’re quitting BC or charting so there’s a possibility you could get pregnant before you actually start “trying”. Another good reason is so you’re body is a healthy as possible making it optimum conditions to concieve/carry a baby.

Charting is very effective – I used it for a year after going off BC, and the first month TTC I was pregnant.

Post # 14
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I tell all my patients who are sexually active, have a uterus, and of childbearing age to take PNV whether they are using birth control or not.  Approximately 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, and even if one doesn’t get pregnant before TTC, PNV are an excellent multivitamin for women our age.  It also helps that they are free at Meijer (with a prescription), so the only reason not to take them is laziness.

That being said, it doesn’t seem like a great fit as far as doctors go, so I would second KLP’s recommendation on how to find one that might be a better fit.


Post # 15
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@guitargirl: Completely agree with above.  Take the vitamins, and find a doctor who you feel comfortable with and who listens to you  Pregnancy and gynecologic care is awkward and emotional in general, and you need to find a doc (male or female) who you feel listens to you and doesn’t judge.

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