Post # 1
I need some advice, me and Fiance are going to start TTC in summer/fall of 2013 and i was currious to know when YOU started taking prenatal vitamins. I bought the book called… What to expect before you’re expecting. And it says months before you start trying you should start taking them, cut out the caffine, cut out the junk food, loose some weight and start getting in shape. I might be starting a little early (making a change to get into a healthier lifestyle, not the vitamins) but my body is not always the strongest so i want to get a head start on getting my body ready for baby growing! Any advice would be appreciated, personal stories would also be helpful. Thanks ladies! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t think you need to start prenatal vitamines that early. Maybe just a month or two before TTC. The other stuff are things you might want to do earlier like starting to exercise and eating better.
Post # 4
My doctor told me to start taking prenatal vitamins about a year ago, and I think I started taking them about 6-8 months ago. Good thing because it looks like we have a BFP!
ETA- My doctor’s reasoning was that it wouldn’t do any harm taking them just in case. The folic acid and calcium is a bit higher, but anyway you slice it, taking vitamins daily is a good thing!
Post # 5
a couple months before should be fine!
Post # 6
I started 3 months before we got pregnant. I also took my DHA supplements then too!
The folate helps the body to grow healthy eggs, so starting them ahead of time ensures your eggs are nice and healthy!
Post # 7
@urchin: This sounds a teeny bit misleading. Your body already has all the eggs it is going to have. Folate helps the fertilized egg, it doesn’t help you grow healthy unfertilized ones.
Post # 8
I started taking mine over a year ago. We’re going to TTC in August. I started taking them earlier than many because 1). I’m over 30 2). I stopped taking birth control then as well (so just in case we got pregnant ahead of schedule, I’d feel better about it) and 3). My doctor suggested it (she said it could never hurt to take vitamins, and said she recommends it to any female of childbearing age).
Post # 9
folate helps prevent neural tube defects from occurring in the early part of pregnancy so just make sure you are taking them ahead of time to lower your risk
Post # 10
My doc told me 3 months ahead of time. But he also told me that they are good for me anyway so why not start taking them whenever.
Post # 11
I believe the general recommendation is for all women of reproductive age to take prenatal vitamins rather than only those trying to conceive – note that 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned.
One of the main reasons to take prenatal vitamins with folic acid is that it reduces the risk of neural tube defects (ie spina bifida – an opening in the spine). Spine formation usually happens quite early, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.
Post # 12
My doctor told me at least 3 months ahead of time (if you have any vitamin/mineral deficiencies, your body needs some time to replenish your vitamin stores), but I could start taking them any time earlier than that too.
When I asked my doctor the question, we were still a year out from TTC, I just asked at my yearly appointment. When I ran out of the vitamins I was taking, I switched to prenatals, so I was on prenatals about a year before we even started TTC.
Post # 13
@blondy – All adult multivitamins, not just prenatals, have at least 400 mg of folic acid (the minimum recommended amount for pregnant women).
Post # 14
@jumpthegun: I stand very much corrected! Thanks 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve heard “they” recommend to have at least 400 mg of folic acid daily for 1-2 years prior to conception, but clearly hundreds of women deliver healthy babies without them at all. The American Pregnancy Association says for three months prior to conception because the neural tube develops in the first 28 days. I have taken prenatals for years for hair growth. They do not have any adverse affects for me. Some get nauseated, so either take it with dinner or before bed, or try a different pill. =)
Post # 16
Awe, you ladies are always so helpful! I am amazed at how many comments there are since i walked away from my computer! I will be keeping an eye on this poll for sure i think its very interesting.