(Closed) What pills to take when TTC and before :)

posted 9 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m sure you know this, but you should check with your doctor! Mine said a regular women’s one a day was fine for pre-TTC, but I started them a long time before TTC so the folic acid should be building up (or something). I think you want 800mcg at least of folic acid in a prenatal.

I don’t know about all the others, but do check if your prenatal has calcium in it. Some, like the gummies, do not, and there is something to do with it interacting with the iron in a prenatal, so you  might need another supplement taken at another time of the day. You are better off getting it from food sources, but I’m lactose intolerant so have a hard time getting enough with a supplement. 

Post # 4
5669 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just took womens one a day prenatals, it has two pills per day and I drank a glass of milk every day.  I would be careful on a prenatal and folic acid as you don’t want to overdue the amount of the vitamins, too much isn’t always a good thing. It might also be helpful to make a pre-conception appointment. Good luck!

Post # 6
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Your prenatal should already contain adequate folic acid. (You can take more folic acid, it won’t hurt, you’ll just pee out the excess. This isn’t true for all vitamins/minerals though, just some.) My top recommendations for prenatals are “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal” and “Rainbow Light Prenatal System”.

Calcium is good. It’s not contained in high amounts in prenatals (would make the pills too big). 

Bromelain – You can just eat pineapple core on the days you would take this, 1-5 DPO. 



Things not on your list you should add:

Fish oil – I use “Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA”

Vitamin D – Whole slew of reasons: http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20100504/high-doses-of-vitamin-d-may-cut-pregnancy-risk  and many more non-pregnancy reasons. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.

Post # 7
1795 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would go to your primary care doctor and have them run a blood test on vitamins for you.  It’s a fasting test, but just 8-12 hours (so basically do it in the morning and you are fine).  This should let you know if you need to add iron, vitamin d, or calcium.  Just remember you cannot take calcium with other vitamins because they fight each other.  so if you do a prenatal in the morning (with say iron), you want to do the calcium in the evening.  If you really don’t want to do a blood test, chewing 2 tums a day for a little extra calcium is certainly not going to hurt you.

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