Post # 1
Fiance and I aren’t planning on actively ttc for at least 6 months. But I’m coming off bcp soon and will be using other methods to avoid (I want my body to be free of artificial hormones before I even think about actively trying)… anyways as stated in the title when should I start taking prenatals? a month or two prior to actively ttc? as soon as I’m off bc pill because accidents are more likely?? (yes, I’m that paranoid) CVS was having a bogo sale for vitamins so I stocked up on my normal multivitamin and prenatals to use within the year. So I have them on hand now! lol
Post # 3
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 # 4
wow I totally put Fiance in my post. lmao… he’s my hubby now!!!!! lol
Post # 5
I say start now! It can’t hurt. 🙂
Post # 6
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 # 7
my second question… I guess I bought a 2 step thingy with a ‘prenatal dha’… should I take that as well??? or just the one bottle with pills which is labeled ‘prenatal multivitamin’ The only reason I ask is the second bottle (DHA) says ‘supplement for pregnant and nursing women… not intended for children or other adult populations’
Post # 8
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
Take the DHA supplement too. It’s good for you too, not just for your baby.
Post # 10
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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
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
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 # 13
@CorgiTales: that’s exactly where I got mine! lol I saw the bogo sale and was like.. hmmm I should stock up! lol
@mrsSonthebeach: I so agree with you on getting my vitamins from my food… I just wish I was better at getting fresh food and keeping it fresh in the house and eating it before it goes bad! I also wish I wasn’t such a picky eater! lol I’m working on it though!
Thanks ladies for all the advice. I’m def going to talk to a doc about it. I just have to wait until I get my official paperwork in so I can get my name change and insurance stuff changed over so I can find a doc in my new hometown!
Post # 14
Oh yeah, absolutely now. My Doc said you want them built up in your system (spec. folic acid) when the sperm meets the egg.