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Prenatal Vitamin Advice

09 Nov

Let me start off by saying I am a procrastinator. Having said that I was supposed to have scheduled a doctor’s appointment for this week so KT and I could begin discussing with the Dr. what we need to do to start preparing for children. Guess who didn’t make the appointment?!

With our work schedules we don’t have a lot of time off together to make it to Dr’s appointments and so we will no doubt have to wait another couple of weeks before we can try to get in to see her. In the meantime I was wondering if anybody had any helpful information on prenatal vitamins. More specifically:

  1. When did you start to take them?
  2. Did you go OTC or have your Dr. prescribe them for you?
  3. If you did go OTC any suggestions on what you feel worked the best for you?
  4. Do you think they are needed?
Question 4 is because I have to admit I am not sure if prenatal vitamins are needed 100% of the time, or what they are really used for in the first place. I realize I need to research this more, but I am currently in the middle of remodeling our bedroom and bathroom and while I would like to sit down and research, I would also like to return to sleeping in our own bed at some point in the near future! (I have included a picture of the “progress” made so far today.Did I forget to mention that I am a procrastinator? That instead of blogging I should probably be cleaning up this mess I started?!)
In the meantime I will listen to the wise and sage-like advice of all those who read this blog.
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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in TTC

 

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7 responses to “Prenatal Vitamin Advice

  1. beth

    November 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Take prenatal vitamins!!! The extra folic acid is crucial to proper development of the baby!!! I never “tried” to get pregnant, so I just always started taking them once I found out I was pregnant….except with Luke… I was still taking them from Gus! ;). I took a very expensive prescription prenatal the first time and switched to Target brand with the other two…. Sam seems a little smarter than the other 2, but I doubt it had anything to do with that!!! 😉 take them before you go to bed vs. In the morning….. Just my two cents!!!:)

     
  2. Heather Boczki

    November 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You can get some pre-natals OTC, I bought generic CVS brand. Most doctors suggest starting to take folic acid prior to trying to conceive. I felt like they helped me with my energy levels. It’s a little different than skipping your normal vitamins because whatever your baby is not getting, they can/will rob from YOUR body.

     
  3. Heather Boczki

    November 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    ps. Folic acid is supposed to help alleviate birth defects.

     
  4. TC

    November 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Let me first say congrats! Now here is my advice. Yes, prenatals are needed especially women who are well not as young as some. We need the folic acid mainly but I also hear DHA is another must. I took a prescribed kind called Prenexa which has a plant based DHA.. Loved it. Some can make you sick or constipated. I take generic Target brand when I’m not actually pregnant. I think you should take your docs advice.

     
  5. Kosmosklan

    November 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Folic Acid is one of the most important parts of your prenatal plan and should be started when you are TTC and during pregnancy. It is recommended that you take 400 mg a day. Folic Acid is essential to the development of the the Neural Tube. The neural tube is the part of the baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord.

    I personally did not take prenatal vitamins they made me rather sick, no matter what I took them with or what time of the day. I would get so nausea and sick that the Dr. said the effects out weighted the benefits. I did however take a womens multi-vitame and extra folic acid you really can’t have too much. One wonderful thing I will let you know if you like mint is that Mystic mint cookies are chocked full of folic acid and they help with a sweet tooth at the same time.

    Mint is full of good stuff, it also contains: many vitamin and minerals that are vital to maintain a healthy body and is a powerful antioxidant. This fresh herb is rich in: vitamin A, C, B12, thiamine, folic acid and riboflavin. Essential minerals that mint has include: manganese, copper, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, fluoride and selenium.

    Hope this is helpful, so very happy for you both!

     
  6. Alicia

    November 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I have always taken prescription prenatal vitamins. Even in between kids when I wasn’t really trying to get pregnant (Leo was a surprise so maybe it was a good thing), I took prenatal vitamins. Why? Because with my insurance, the max copay I have is $15 and a 90 day supply was $30. When I tried to buy normal vitmains (I was using the Super Nutrition Blend) it was $55 a bottle. So, going prescription was actually cheaper than normal vitmains and I would wager probably cheaper than OTC prenatals. I took CitralNatal Assure—however, these do have a stool softener, so you will want to wait to take these till you are actually preggo and have the constipation that comes with it. Otherwise you can get ones like PreferraOB that have no stool softener. Hope this helps!

     
  7. jessie

    November 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I started taking them a few months before TTC. The extra folic acid can be really helpful. I’ve never done prescription prenatals. And I think they are super helpful in the beginning (first trimester) especially when you may not be eating the healthiest stuff or keeping it down!

     

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