(Closed) When should I start taking pre-natal vitamins?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I started taking my prenatals about a month or two before we started to TTC. Make sure your prenatal contains DHA and folic acid.

You should relax and have fun and not let the stress of ‘omg we want to be pregnant NOW’ get in the way of the art of making a baby. It causes unneeded stress and could prevent getting your BFP that month. Relax, have fun, and try not to over think the process.

Post # 3
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

My OB/GYN told me to start taking vitamins that contain folic acid now and I’m not even planning to TTC until a couple years. She basically said there’s no harm in starting to take a multivitamin (like Women’s One A Day) now and then switch to prenatals when I actually start to TTC. So long story short, start taking them now 🙂


Post # 4
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most doctors recomend starting three months before TTC, but it doesn’t hurt our body to start early.  

Post # 5
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would start now – the general recommendation is at least 3 months before you start TTC, because it takes a little while for folic acid to build up in your system (and this is the biggest thing you can do to help prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida).  I started super early (like, more than a year before TTC) because I wasn’t sure when we’d actually start – it doesn’t hurt anything to start sooner.

If you want a clearer picture of when you O and want to better target the most important dates for having sex, I’d suggest charting – some ladies think it would be stressful, but I’ve actually found it decreases my stress (because I don’t have to wonder about whether or not or when I ovulated, and there’s no wondering about whether or not AF is late – I know exactly when my period should start if I’m not pregnant).  There’s also the option of using OPKs, but those are not quite as reliable.

Post # 6
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Either Philadelphia City Hall or a small chapel.

I started taking them during a suspected pregnancy when FH and I first started dating in 2012 and have ever since. 

Post # 8
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Daizy914:  If anything, taking a prenatal while trying to lose weight will benefit your weight loss. Having all the nutrients and vitamins you need will help your body be much more effective at being healthy and letting go of the extra lbs.

Post # 9
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Daizy914: The vitamins shouldn’t affect your weight, so I would just start with them as early as possible + do whatever you want to do in order to lose your excess weight (which I think is a really good idea by the way, try to work on your back if you can – mine has been sore since I got pregnant and I wish it had been stronger to start with).

As for additional things you can do. I charted before we started TTC and I found it very helpful to see that I was experiencing temperature changes. However, OPKs never worked for me – just wasn’t able to detect a surge and that really stressed me out. I’m not saying they’re bad all in all, just that they don’t work for everyone.  

Post # 10
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My DR told me to start taking them now and we are not planning to TTC for another year or so. I would start taking them asap.

Good Luck!

Post # 11
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

Daizy914:  Hey OP, I was told at least 3 months before TTC. I would speak with your OB/GYN. Good luck!!

Post # 12
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just went to the OBGYN this morning – she said I’ll pee out a huge amount of the extra vitamins that prenatals contain because there is no baby yet.  The key is to get a multi with folic acid now and then switch to prenatals once I have a positive pregnancy test.

Post # 13
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Daizy914:  Yup, agree with PPs, trying to lose weight should not impact your use of prenatals (or vice versa) – they will be beneficial for you either way and should not get in the way of your efforts.  I really like the Rainbow Light brand prenatal vitamins – they’re food based, so it’s a more natural source of the vitamins than a lot of other brands.  I take their prenatal petites, which are smaller (so easier to swallow), but three per day – I just take one with each meal.  They also have a one-pill-per-day version if you prefer that.  In the end, it just comes down to your preference – as long as it has enough folic acid (800mg/day is recommended for pregnancy), you should be fine.

Post # 14
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

What to Expect Before You’re Expecting suggests a year in advance. However, my doctor just told me to start taking them when I scheduled an appointment to get my IUD out, which wound up being about two and a half months before we’ll start trying to conceive. I wish I’d  known to start earlier, but I get a ridiculously high amount of folic acid just through my diet, so I’m not that worried.

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