(Closed) When to start taking prenatal vitamins

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When did you start taking prenatal vitamins?
    1-2 months before TTC : (9 votes)
    13 %
    3-4 months before TTC : (24 votes)
    36 %
    5-6 months before TTC : (9 votes)
    13 %
    7-8 months before TTC : (1 votes)
    1 %
    9-10 months before TTC : (0 votes)
    11 months before TTC : (0 votes)
    1 year before TTC : (13 votes)
    19 %
    Longer than a year... please explain : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Did not start taking them until we were pregant : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
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    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    45 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    a couple months before should be fine!

    Post # 6
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    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    45 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
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    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
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    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @blondy – All adult multivitamins, not just prenatals, have at least 400 mg of folic acid (the minimum recommended amount for pregnant women).

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @jumpthegun:  I stand very much corrected! Thanks 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper

    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. =)

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