(Closed) Vitamins prior to becoming pregnant

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Yes! The earlier the better!

also, your husband should start to take either a sperm multivitamin like the elevit brand or just a general multi for men as it takes 3 months to impact his sperm.

 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

We are ttc after our wedding so we are currently taking the prenatal vitamins – we’ve got the ones with both male and female packets in the box. We started taking them so we’ll have been on them for three months by our wedding. That said we are oldies so we are thinking we might be on them for years if we never conceive! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

We were going to start TTC in March but have postponed until June. Ive been taking multivitamins since January on and off. I’m not amazingly good at remembering so miss a couple a week. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I took them for a year or so before. I figured I should be taking a vitamin anhwhas, why not just take a PNV if we were planning on kids in the future? Can’t hurt. I think the general recommendation is to start folate 3 months before.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Yes – take them at least 3 months prior, if not earlier. I take a multivitamin now but need to switch to a pre-natal. I actually feel much better and have more energy when I take vitamins as opposed to when I do not.

ALSO – make sure it has folic acid, etc. Also, my dr said to take at a night after din or before bed – because you’ll be going to sleep and won’t feel nauseous (vitamins can do that…they do it to me for sure).

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I started prenatals in late 2013/early 2014 and still TTC. I find they make me feel better as I wasn’t previously taking any other vitamins. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was taking a regular multivitamin and switched to prenatal in January…we are starting TTC this month. It can’t hurt to start early. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Now’s a good time to play around and find your favorites. I went through about 4 brands until I found the ones that worked best for me. Some of them were really harsh on my stomach (the iron!) and it took a good while for my body to get used to it. I settled on Vitamin Code Raw Whole Food Prenatal and the Ocean’s Mom Prental DHA because I don’t eat a lot of fish. I use Subscribe and Save with Amazon, so I never have to think about buying them. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’ve been taking extra strength vitamins for skin hair and nails for about 5 months now. They seem to have all the same stuff as the pre-natal ones. I still have exactly the same crappy thin wispy hair that won’t grow and the same short hair cycle….very expensive and they did absolutely nothing to help, but hopefully it will help me when I come to conceive. ..which is basically now/2 weeks’ time. 

I’m sure the only really vital one is folic acid 3 months’ before but could be wrong….

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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LittleKBee:  I started taking them in May, we started TTC in Aug and got pregnant in Nov. husband also started taking a multi vitamin in Oct. so as a previous poster mentioned it’s not a bad idea for you both to start taking them. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

At least a few months before.  I’d also switch any salt to iodized sea salt or find a prenatal that has 100% of your iodine rda. In 2013 they found that 67% of pregnant and lactating women were suboptimal in iodine and recomended all women get in in prenatals but it’s insane how uncommon it is. 

I also tell anemic or veggie friends to start using an Iron fish (http://www.luckyironfish.com/) if they find the high iron suppliments upset their stomach too much. I am a vegan and frequent rbc donor and always have super high iron levels bc of that lil guy.

(I am a certified birth doula so I have many prenatal opinions!)

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Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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LittleKBee: I need to do this. I’m currently just taking multivitamins as I want to use them up. From what I’ve read when I’ve looked at pre-pregnancy vitamins, three months before is recommended. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I believe the official recommendation is prenatals at least 3 months prior to TTC. However, the main thing you want to be on is folic acid or folate, and the earlier the better. Health agencies are now recommending all women of child bearing age increase their folic acid intake just in case they get pregnant because of the impact on preventing neural tube defects. 

I started with just folic acid a year before TTC, then switched to actual prenatals once we decided to take it more seriously. 

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