Post # 1
What is the difference between prenatal vitamins and a regular multivitamin. I am unable to swallow pills and just figured i’d stick with my regular chewables after the wedding if there isn’t a big difference! With my training schedule I eat 2500-3000 calories a day so I get plenty of vitamins and nutrients through food anyway
Post # 4
More folic acid to prevent spinal defects I believe.
Post # 5
There is also more folic acid, but you can always take that seperately.
Post # 6
Prenatals have 800mg or more folic acid I believe and regulars have 400mg
Post # 7
Prenatal should include extra folic acid as well in addition to extra iron as I understand it, as well as it should include other vitamins or more of some for each pill. At least the ones I’ve been eating. I actually have been eating folic acid for the last few months now in addition to my other supplements.
This is what I found at livestrong.com:
In particular, pregnant women need at least 600 micrograms of folic acid and 27 milligrams of iron each day, per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG. However, this is just a guideline.
Not all prenatal vitamins are the same. When looking for a prenatal vitamin, focus on the three key ingredients: folic acid, iron and calcium.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/388044-difference-between-prenatal-vitamins-multivitamins/#ixzz25hfRbvT2
Post # 8
As pp said, more folic acid which is crucial. (Helps prevent spinal bifida in the first month of pregnancy) If you have trouble with pills, try the Vitafusion gummies. That’s what I’ve been using while ttc and now pregnant. No pills to swallow! 🙂
Post # 10
More folic acid. As long as the vitamin you’re taking has at least 800mcgs of it, you should be fine.
Post # 11
I know some company makes gummy prenatals, Target has it.
Post # 12
The gummy prenatals are pretty good.
Post # 13
What all the PPs said about the DHA and Folic Acid. Prenatals also have LESS vitamin A than a normal multi-vitamin would. Vitamin A can build up in your system and apparently cause birth defects (so my doctor said). I think it might be the same with a few of the other non water soluble vitamins, but not 100% sure. The recommended dose of vitamin A is 50% of that for a non pregnant woman.
Post # 14
PPs are right that folic acid is the major difference– and that is what you really want to have in your system well before you get pregnant. You don’t need the extra iron while TTC though– you won’t need it until you are pregnant, from what I understand. My doctor told me a women’s multi vitamin was fine until I got a postivie pregnancy test (as long as it had a minimum of 400 mcg Folic Acid, which most if not all do). So for me, I personally decided to stay on the multi until we started actively TTC, then switched to a prenatal. But I did start taking a B complex, which also has a bunch of folic acid.
So basically, you are fine as long as you have enough folic acid, but they also make prenatal gummies. They have less calcium than some others, from what I found spot checking, but I’m guessing with your diet you have plenty of calcium and iron anyway.
My nails do grow like crazy now that I’m on prenatals, though 🙂