(Closed) Should I stop BCP and start prenatals now, or wait until I see my doctor?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I stopped BCP without speaking to my doctor first. I would wait until the end of the pack to stop it though, don’t stop it mid-pack. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My doc said I could go off whenever I wanted when I asked at my yearly about 6 months before being ready to ttc. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

BC will doa number to your body! I mean the sooner you can get of the sooner your body will readjust and get ready for when you are TTC…

I went off without teling DR and I was fine….It’s been 4 months and i’m still not regular! So the sooner the better and prenatals are great…I have shinier hair, longer nails and brighter skin so hey, they’re good in my book.

I think your OB will tell you to get off of them now anyways if you did have that Monday appointment

Good luck!:)

Mind me asking when you plan to start TTC?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I asked my gyn about that at my annual, even though we weren’t planning to TTC for almost a year. She just said to stop BCP and give it a full month before trying, and to take a women’s multi vitamin now. She said I wouldn’t need prenatals until I was pregnant. However, I’m overly cautious, so I plan to stop the pill several months in advance, and will probably start prenatals a month or two before we ‘pull the goalie’. There is no harm to starting earlier, but the seem so much more expensive than the Women’s One a Day! 

 

So, yeah, no need to wait to hear from your doctor to go ahead. Sounds like you already know what you are doing, in general. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KWebs: You could always take a one a day with folic acid to start and then when getting closer to TTC switch to prenatal. I think the folic acid is the super important part.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I second the suggestion to take folic acid!

It’s cheap and makes a big difference in terms of birth defects.  There’s really no reason (that I know of) as to why not take it if you’re thinking about getting pregnant.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think if you plan to TTC in a few months you should start prenatals now.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@KWebs: Your doctor misinformed you. You definitely should have prenatals before getting pregnant because the high dose of folic acid helps prevent spinal bifida which occurs very early in pregnancy. If you start taking prenatals once you find out you are pregnant, it is too late to prevent spinal bifida. That’s why doctors (not sure why yours didn’t) recommend taking prenatals months before getting pregnant. (Ideally, starting about 3 months prior to ttc)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@KWebs: omgosh I can’t beleive your Doc said there isn’t a point to it…my doctor said even a year before is good because of all the ways it can protect your uterus and the condition of your eggs and the overall health of your body in creating a fetus….So i recommend taking them.

Then again, like a PP said: It’s the folic acid that’s important….not the rest. So, you could take a flintstones chewy with folic acid and it still be just as good.

This link says a lot about going off of BC and taking prenatals:

“Remember, as you go through this change in your reproductive focus, to take folic acid, 400 micrograms each day, and to avoid medications and other substances that could put an embryo at risk. Many moms-to-be are not aware they are pregnant until the fetal organs have formed, and the opportunity to prevent birth defects has passed.”

http://www.babyzone.com/askanexpert/stopping-oral-contraceptives/?CMP=NLC-NL_BZ_Precon_120511_ttc-top-10_stopping-oral-contraceptives

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you get a women’s multi-vitamin, it should have plenty of folic acid and everything else until you are actually pregnant. I take NatureMade Multi for Her, and it has 600 mcg of folic acid, which is plenty. 

Prenatal vitamins typically have a lot more iron than a regular women’s multi-vitamin, and you don’t need that much iron until you are actually pregnant. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh to clarify– women’s one a day already HAS 400 mg folic acid, which is why she said I don’t need a specific pre natal. You don’t need the extra iron and stuff like that until you are pregnant (I think). I am careful that I’m buildling up the folic acid in my system, just don’t need a specific prenatal to do it. 

However, I do plan to switch to full pre natals a few months before trying. But I’ll have been consistantly taking the folic acid in my multi vitamin for well over a year already. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@Macintosh: Thanks for starting this thread!  It looks like we’re in the exact same situation.  I have an OB appt. this Friday and have identical questions.  Wondering how long it might be for my body to regulate itself after being on BC for soooo long (and I’m 40 yrs. old). 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@melisslp: not to thread hijac but, yay for begining the TTC process! :)))

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

@TurtleDoves: Thanks so much! I am really excited too!  I started reading the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility and feel like I’ve learned so much already.  I’m a little anxious about seeing what my body will do after being on BC for about 10 years.  Ahhhh….

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