(Closed) when to start taking prenatal vitamins…

posted 8 years ago in TTC
  • poll: when?


    Not until you're pregnant

    Not until you're actively TTC

    A month or two prior to actively TTC

    After I stop taking BCP

    As soon as we start NTNT


  • Post # 3
    9050 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My doctor likes all sexually active women of reproductive age to take prenatals.  The benefits are most important at the time that if you had a “whoops” pregnancy you wouldn’t know to take them.  It’s just a normal multivitamin, with a little extra folic acid, which won’t do you any harm as any unnecessary folic acid just flushes from you body.

    Otherwise, I’d start probably 3 months before NTNT/TTC

    Post # 5
    1092 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I say start now! It can’t hurt.  🙂

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

    Start now. A year before we planned TTC, I asked my doctor if there was anything I should be doing. She told me start prenatal vitamins as soon as I needed to buy vitamins again. It doesn’t hurt to take them now! It will help your body have enough stores of nutrients for baby-building when the time comes.

    Post # 8
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i took prenatalas a good 2 years before we started even thinking TTC…i did it bc my hair and nails were having issues and my doc recommended it. Plus she said -e ventually you’ll be TTC, so might as well get a head start.  It can’t hurt – can only help 🙂

    Post # 9
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Take the DHA supplement too. It’s good for you too, not just for your baby.

    Post # 10
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    You can take them now, but you really don’t need to. Many women don’t take them until they find out they are pregnant and their babies are fine. If they fit in your budget, go for it, but don’t feel like you are taking some big risk by not taking vitamins. The science on whether vitamins really work anyway is inconclusive. You’d be much better off focusing on getting those same vitamins and minerals from whole foods. It certainly can’t hurt though… so as I said, if it fits your budget, why not start now.

    Take them at night with dinner. The hard pills often cause nausea. As for the DHA pill… I don’t see why it would hurt, but you could always ask your gynocologist.

    Post # 11
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    If you are starting in the next few months, I’d start now, or when you stop BCP. The only downside is that prenatals are usually a lot more expensive than a regular woman’s multivitamin. My doctor told me to make sure I was getting at least 400 mcg folic acid leading up to it, but that I could start prenatals when we started TTC or when I got pregnant– as long as I already had months of folic acid in my system anyway. 

    I have to say, since starting the prenatals my nails grow like crazy!

    Post # 12
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I am not TTC but am using a birth control method less effective than the pill, so my doc told me to take them now. I got them on buy one get one free at CVS for like $10 so you can find good deals if you look I think.

    Post # 14
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Oh yeah, absolutely now.  My Doc said you want them built up in your system (spec. folic acid) when the sperm meets the egg.

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