There are many vitamns and minerals important for “baby building”, not just folic acid alone.
When I asked my OB what I should do if we were going to TTC in the next year, she told me 3 things:
- Prenatal Vitamin
- Fish Oil / DHA
- Eat plenty of meat/protein.
After doing some research on my own, I would add to that list
- Vitamin D
(I wrote on this post why Vitamin D is important: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-brand-of-prenatal-vitamins-are-better)
RE: “The rationale behind this, according to her Doctor, was that our body rejects the minerals that we don’t need in the form of negative symptoms (fatigue, nauseau…etc).”
I call bullshit.
We, as a society, are chronically under-nurished. Traditional diets (Weston Price style, or more strict subsets like Primal/Paleo) are far more nutrient-dense than the standard American/Western diet.
Extra water-soluable nutrients, such as B-vitamins (folic acid is a B-vitamin too), are simply peed out. Some fat-soluable nutrients your body can store large amounts of (Vitamin D), others are simply metabolized out. Only a handful of vitamins/minerals do you have to worry about getting too much of (such as Vitamin A, iron).
It is true that your body can’t always absorb/store megadoses of vitamins all at once. For this reason, I suggest getting a prenatal vitamin that has the daily dose split up into multiple doses. Not only better for absorption, but also easier on the stomach.
- I take “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal”, which has the daily dose split into 3 pills.
- “Rainbow Light” is another one, I think theirs is split into 6 pills.
This is what I’m currently taking, I’ve taken this while TTC, thoughout my pregnancy, and now that I’m breastfeeding. I’ll likely be on these until I’m done having kids and my last one is weaned:
- New Chapter Prefect Prenatal
- Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA
- Krill Oil
- Vitamin D (4000 IU)
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, just sharing my personal knowledge/experiences.