Post # 1
My husband and I will be TTC starting in September and I have been taking a woman’s multivitamin for the past few months in preparation. I’ve been reading these boards and noticed a lot of women using prenatal vitamins. When I asked my doctor about it a few months ago, she said as long as my multivitamin has 0.4 folic acid then I don’t need a prenatal. Now I’m wondering though if there is something I am missing out on in prenatal vitamins by taking multivitamins instead. If anyone has any information about why they chose to take prenatal instead, would you mind sharing here so that I can make a decision if I want to switch vitamins? Thank you!
Post # 2
I tried the prenatals and no matter what time I took them or what I ate with them they made me nauseous. My doc said it was likely the extra iron that is in prenatals that was causing my issues and that as long as I took a multivitamin with 400mg of folic acid I would be fine.
Post # 3
I don’t think it matters either way. I am TTC and just taking my multivitamin, it has 800 mg of folic acid. I also take Vitamin D since I live in Alaska and last time I had it checked my level was borderline low. Once I’m pregnant I’ll start taking DHA- it’s important for fetal brain development.
Post # 4
good to know! I’m actually taking iron on top of my multivitamin because I’m iron deficient so maybe a prenatal would be better for me. I have heard about iron causing stomach issues though! Thanks!
Post # 5
I would take at least 800 mg of folic acid. If you get the gummy prenatals they don’t have any iron.
Post # 6
okay, that’s what I was hoping because I didn’t want to have missed out on anything important in prenatal a these last couple months
Post # 7
I switched to a prenatal once we were TTC as the recommendation of my doctor. I take Vitamin Code Garden of Life Raw Prenatal and the Spectrum DHA supplement (no fish oil for me bc Im on blood thinners). They never make me nauseas or my tummy upset even through I have had terrible morning sickness since the first trimester. Labdoor.com is a good resource for vitamins in general and that’s where I found my prenatal (and my husband’s multivitamin). I also take an extra iron pill and extra folic but that’s because I’m having twins.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
My prenatals DO make me nautious…but I keep telling myself it’s worth it.
Post # 9
I also have heard that some regular multivitamins have too much vitamin A which too much isn’t a good thing. I take First Response gummies and love them! They taste good and have DHA. Some people do take the flinstone vitamins if they can’t stomach their prenatel. Honestly the only vitamin you really need is folic acid if you have a healthy diet. Think of the millions of healthy babes who were born before manufacturers decided to make prenatels such a mandatory thing (my DH works in drug manufacturing and prenatels are somewhat a marketing hype…most people in Europe only take folic acid for instance).
Post # 10
A Flintstone vitamin will and has made me sick, not pregnant.
My Dr has said to take my prenatalife at night before bed….this works great, not sick! 🙂
Post # 11
so it’s probably not a common thing, or is frowned upon, but I just wanted to share what I’ve been doing for prep. I’m a little concerned about folic acid vs. folate. As such, I decided I will not be taking prenatal vitamins at all. I started drinking green smoothies in May to get my folate naturally. I just visited the gyno and she basically said that in a first world country, there really isn’t a need to worry about getting all your nutrients – unless you’re unhealthy yourself – and if I was doing the smoothies, my folate was covered very well. She made no fuss at all about my decision to lay off the vitamins entirely. Just food for thought.
This, paired with my independently developing the same theory a few days before I saw it, fueled my mild paranoia: http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/12/too-much-folate-pregnant-autism/ I do want to point out that A LOT more research is needed to figure out the who/why/wherefore, but I’ll be an “old” mom so I’m not chancing it.
Post # 12
Thanks for your responses everyone! I think I’ll just stick with my multivitamins for now and see what I decide after I finish the bottle
I found a prenatal with only 200mg yesterday so that’s good to know!
thanks for sharing that website! Congratulations and good luck with the twins!!!
yeah it seems they really but some people’s stomachs which sucks! But hopefully you can push through it. Luckily I have an iron stomach and have been taking iron for a while
I like the idea of gummies! But yeah that’s a good way to think about it. I know a few people that didn’t find out they were pregnant until well into their pregnancies so they weren’t taking any vitamins and had perfectly healthy babies and I’m all stressed about taking multivitamins over prenatals before I’m even pregnant
luckily My stomach seems to handle everything pretty well and take my iron and multivitamin in the mornings but that’s a good tip if I ever switch to prenatals and get sick!
I have heard about there being a correlation so that is something to consider. I try to eat pretty healthy but sometimes days get busy and I miss meals or eat a crappy meal on the go plus I’ve always been iron deficient so I like multivitamins for that. But you’re right, as long as you get it naturally that’s all you need and it’s better for you that way anyway!
Post # 13
I took the vita fusion gummies, and they didn’t mess with my stomach at all. I liked them because they had DHA in them.