when did you start taking prenatal vitamins/stop taking birth control?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My OB recommended prenatal vitamins about a year before what will be our TTC date. I don’t know if she would have recomended even earlier than that if she had known I was going to TTC earlier than that, and as it turns out it won’t be the full year. I had to come off of the bc I was on for unrelated reasons, and we decided to do charting with condoms instead of adjusting to a new bc just to get off of it in a few months. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Technially, every woman of child bearing age that is sexually active should be on a prenatal in order to prevent folic acid related birth defects.  The birth control that I take already has folic acid in it so I’m covered.  We are on the same timeline as you but recently went to a Zika zone.  I don’t feel comfortable with the risk of stopping BC until my 6 month waiting period has passed.  Once I stop in October, my gyno wants me to have at least one normal cycle before trying to conceive.  The thought of stopping BC is both exciting and terrifying.  I tease that I haven’t ovulated naturally since 1998!  I dont even know what my normal cycle is.  

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I started taking prenatals about 3-4 months before coming off BC.

I went off BC when I felt ready that if we happen to get pregnant now it would be a good thing. I’m not actively TTC but we’re also not TTC. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

My doctor said to start taking prenatals 3-6 months before trying to conceive. We were going to start TTC this summer so I’ve been on them for about two months now. It’s looking like we will delay for a few months so it’ll end up being closer to 6. I’ve never heard of a longer recommended period than that. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I had my IUD taken out about 4-5 months before we started to TTC. I think I was already taking a multi vitamin with folic acid but when I finished that bottle I switched to a true prenatal. 

We had intended to start TTC a little sooner but shortly after that, DH got an out of state job offer so we had a whirlwind of change and waited until we were settled in our new place. I spent those months figuring out how to temp and track mucus and chart. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I stopped taking BCP last June and was taking a prenatal only when I remembered to (so probably 3x a week). I got pregnant later that month and when I found out at 7 weeks, I was so worried that I’d messed up baby already. But my OB said it was okay and I was probably getting enough folate from my diet, which was the most important thing, and to just start taking them daily from that point on. LO is a happy and healthy 3-month-old, but if I had to do it all over again, I definitely wouldn’t have been such a slacker… if only for peace of mind.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’ve been taking folic acid for probably about a year and just recently got my IUD removed (copper so started TTC right away).

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The only reason to stop BC earlier than the first month you want to TTC is so that it is easier to date a pregnancy if you get pregnant the first month off it.

Your fertility could return to normal as soon as you stop taking hormonal BC. Some women like to give it a few months to settle / see what their natural pattern is, but there is no need to do this.

Pre natals, I would say 3 – 4 months before planning to TTC, but again there are millions of women who get pregnant accidentally who haven’t been taking folic acid at point of conception. I also read recently that there is some evidence that our over use of folic acid is creating more tongue ties…..

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We were both virgins when we got married so we never used any form of birth control, when we got married we started using the pulling out method and I started taking prenatal vitamins 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s a good idea for any sexually active woman of child bearing age to take a prenatal. Unexpected pregnancies happen all the time, and by the time you find out you’re pregnant it may be too late for the folic acid to have much effect.

I personally take a prenatal all the time (vitafusion gummies) and stopped my BC 3-4 months beforehand.

It’s possible your OB recommended you stop it so early so you can start tracking your cycles.

Twizbe :  I’d take a tongue tie any day over spina bifida.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Thanks for this thread. Some of the timelines said a lot longer then I’ve heard/read before. I’ve only known the 3-4 month range to stop BC and start prenatal. 

I would have been off BC for about 7 months before we consider TTC, but that’s for unrelated reasons. I will be looking into taking a prenatal (or at least folic acid) now. Thanks!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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Westwood :  just to be clear I wasn’t saying women shouldn’t take folic acid – just that there had been some research that we might be taking too much. If a woman is planning a pregnancy then yes she should take it for a few months before trying.

I suspect the research (though not yet complete) would be more related to women like me who took years to concieve and therefore were taking folic acid for an extended period of time pre conception.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

I came off the pill and started taking prenatals about three months before we began TTC. I wanted to give my body a chance to regulate after being on hormonal birth control for so long and am really glad I did, cause things were weird for those first couple months. We just used the pull-out method during that brief period of time when I wasn’t taking BC and we weren’t yet TTC…but we were both ok with the idea of an oops.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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ktrv927 :  I went off my pill at the end of May (stayed on for a vacation) and we plan to start trying in August, but possibly not preventing next month. I was already on a hair, skin, and nail vitamin that had essentially the same ingredients as a prenatal for a while (I’ve always taken a vitamin), but I switched to Rainbow Light prenatals last week. My regular gynecologist was on maternity leave when I went in for my annual check up, but the doctor I saw recommended waiting 2 cycles after going off the pill to start trying. I am temping and using OPKs to learn my cycle and when my fertile window is. It’s been pretty cool to learn about my body in a new way. 

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