Post # 1
I’ve been reading several books about fertility, preconception, etc. (thanks for the recommendations). I read in one that starting a prenatal as early as one year prior to pregnancy is a good idea, especially if you’ve been on the pill for an extended period of time (because you are likely to be more nutrient-deficient). Does anyone know the truth to this?
Side note: I am still on the pill and am unsure exactly when I will go off of it.
Post # 2
I remember hearing 3 months before TTC, but I didn’t know about issues with birth control. A lot of doctors recommend a vitamin containing folic acid for women to take during child bearing years so it’s in your system before you get pregnant since 50% of pregnancies are unplanned so I don’t think there’s ever a time that’s too early to start.
Post # 3
I often see the recommendation of 3-6 months in advance. I recently asked my doctor about this and she recommends taking them as soon as you start thinking about TTC (even if you’re still on the pill) because she said even if you are thinking in advance, you might end up trying sooner than planned or being less careful with birth control in the meantime, which makes sense.
Post # 4
That definitely makes sense.
Maybe I’m just looking for a good multivitamin to supplement.
Post # 5
It’s usually three months. Thanks for the reminder – forgot my prenatal today!
Post # 6
My doctor said folic acid was the important thing and recommended taking it 3 months in advance. She said prenatals were fine to wait until I was actually pregnant.
Post # 7
I echo the 3 months.
I have another question about stopping birth control/TTC. I know it can take months for your hormones to regulate. On my 3rd cycle post-pill, my 8dpo progesterone was low at only 4.5. I don’t know if it’s been higher on my subsequent cycles, but I do know my periods and luteal phase have gotten longer & I don’t spot before AF anymore. Do you think I should be using progesterone cream or just assume my body is better regulated now and my 8dpo progesterone level will be higher?
Post # 8
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Neither of us have used birth control we have only been using the pulling out method. We are planning to try to conceive in the fall but my family doctor had already advised me to start taking prenatal vitamins and a folic acid vitamin
Post # 9
OP- it can’t hurt, why not
you could look into Vitex. It would stimulate your own progesterone production rather then supplement it. Lots of research and articles online about it. If you take progesterone your own glands might get “lazy” about making it for yourself.
Post # 10
Thanks all for your thoughts! I’ve decided to go off of my birth control in June and start taking prenatals then. We will be TTC in winter/early 2019.
Post # 11
I would just start now personally. If there’s even a chance you could get pregnant (even through BC failure) it’s a good idea to take them, or at least folic acid.
Post # 12
I’m in nursing school (specifically for maternity care) so I should be able to help you 🙂
If you eat healthy, with lots of veggies and fruit, you shouldn’t need generic prenatal supplements. The pill won’t deplete your stores. Unless particular circumstances, you will need only folic acid for the month prior to conception + first trimester pregnancy. It is recommended to start taking folic acid as soon as you decide to TTC and keep using BC for the following month.