(Closed) Prenatal vitamins or just folic acid?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
  • poll: TTC's are you taking folic acid or prenatal vitamins?
    Folic acid : (11 votes)
    31 %
    Prenatal : (24 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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:

    1. Prenatal Vitamin
    2. Fish Oil / DHA
    3. Eat plenty of meat/protein.

    After doing some research on my own, I would add to that list

    1. Vitamin D

    (I wrote on this post why Vitamin D is important: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-brand-of-prenatal-vitamins-are-better)

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    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.

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    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:

    1. New Chapter Prefect Prenatal
    2. Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA
    3. Krill Oil
    4. Vitamin D (4000 IU)

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    Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, just sharing my personal knowledge/experiences.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    my doc said a women’s multi, folic acid and vitamin D, then you don’t have to deal with constipation

    in the multi make sure you aren’t getting over the daily recommended dose of vitamin A unless its beta-carotene

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My doc told me to take prenatals and folic acid prior to pregnancy. I didn’t have an issue with constipation. But everyone’s bodies are different. So I’d say go whith what your doc suggested.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @MrsJules:  Very true. When I found out I was pregnant and talked to the ob they were pleased with what I was taking. And  my dietician added calcium to my regimen.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you are talking about negative side effects being nausea/upset stomach from the prenatals, the iron could be the culprit.  I am taking a Prenatal gummy now that does not have iron in it, and just trying to eat plenty of iron in my diet because the iron in normal prenatal vits makes me super sick to my stomach, even before I was pregnant.  The gummy has the DHA, VitA, VitD, etc., so I am pretty pleased with it (not to mention it is way better than swallowing horse pills).  I also was taking a VitB complex that had extra folic acid in it, but that was a pretty big dose of VitB, so today I just purchased a B complex that has way less VitB but still the little extra folic acid (my OB said that once you are pregnant, should be taking a 1,000 mg (mcg?) folic acid supplement and all the OTC prenatal vitamins I have seen only have 800.  The VitB complex is said to help with morning sickness as well. Good luck to you! 🙂

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If it’s primarily the iron that bothers you, GNC makes a prenatal without iron that I’ve been really happy with. I just try to make sure I’m getting adequate iron in my diet.

    ETA: The GNC prenatals also have 1,000 mcg of folic acid.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Constipation is part of pregnancy and I don’t think it is from prenatals.  You have to just eat more fiber.

    Anyhow, I would go for the prenatals!

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @MrsJules:  My mom was deficient in iron when she was pregnant w. my sister and me. I would err on the side of caution and take the pre-natals, because you don’t know what you might be missing. Folic acid is super important, but so are other vitamins/minerals.

    Yeah, iron supplements can make your stomach iffy.

    I guess you could just take the folic acid and see how the pregnancy progresses… like in the 80s they were able to figure out that my mom was deficient in iron, so they must be able to tell these days as well what you might be deficient in, right?

    Like eat a super healthy, balanced diet.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @iheartnerds:  Really?! Ahh I need to go there and get some! I have not seen ANY in stores like Target, etc.  Cool, thank you! 

    And totally just bought some fiber stuff today to start taking, because yes, pregnancy hormones = constipation.   I vow to try to avoid hemorrhoids as much as I can! :S

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    RE: “Eating healthy and balanced is probably best.”

    Everyone should remember this! Supplements are to supplement a healthy diet, not a crutch for a poor diet.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    I’m a firm believer in getting your levels checked before taking any vitamin supplements! I say this because when I stopped eating meat at 11 years old my Mum put me on iron tablets for a couple of months. I kept falling sick and was tired all the time so Mum decided to get me checked for LOW iron. It turned out that I had very HIGH iron which was making me sick!

    Get your levels checked, if they are fine then stick to your normal diet and folic acid. If you’re lacking anything, then maybe try prenatals. 

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