Happily Married to Brady
I remember reading somewhere, like PP, that prenatals are good for your in general. The healthier your body is the easier TTC will be.
There's certainly no harm in taking prenatals. Moreover, there is active benefit to taking them for *at least* 6 months before TTC. I'm really not sure why so many women put off starting taking them. If they make you nauseous, I'd just play around with when you take them. After breakfast and after dinner are two good times to try. Taking them with milk can also help since it coats your stomach.
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I've been taking prenatal vitamins for about a year and I'm not planning to TTC until this summer.
Um, I assume your doctor didn't recommend 5mg of folic acid... A normal women's multivitamin has about 400mcg (.4mg) of folic acid. And when you get a folic acid supplement, they usually come in 400mcg units. So I used to take a regular multivitamin with a folic acid supplement for a total of 800mcg (.8 mg) of folic acid. A prenatal usually has 800-1000 (.8-1mg) of folic acid, so that works well. (See http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins for reference.)
Just don't want you to go ODing on it! :) Not that it would really hurt you. (I think Ella does take 4mg a day now, but that's due to a genetic condition that inhibits folic acid uptake.)
I agree with pp you can take them anytime.
Kathleen is 2 years old
Happliy married to Geoff for the past five years
Expecting baby #2 in June 2013!
I am on women's one a day as well and my dr said that I don't need to switch to an actual prenatal and that the women's one a day is just fine.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Lorien - I know it is a lot, but my doctor did reccomend that I take 5 mg of Folic Acid. Currently, I am getting over-the-counter Folic Acid supplements that come in 1 mg pills, so I take 5 per day. However, the pharmacist mentioned that 5 mg is "prescription strength" so next time I go to the doc I will get a prescription for it, so that I it will only be one pill per day.
My doc's reasoning was that he'd rather "overshoot" the amount of Folic Acid, since it doesn't hurt mom or baby to have extra. (And he specifically mentioned that 5 mg in addition to whatever I was getting in my multivitamin was totally fine.)
I didn't really ask any follow-up questions as to why I should take so much, but I beleive it is because a small percentage of women do need more Folic Acid than a standard pre-natal offers. So on the off chance I am one of these women, I would be covered.
The only thing I know about this comes from an experience my friend had. She had a scare that her baby may have had spina bifida occulta (note the "occulta" - this is different from standard spina bifida).
Ah, okay. As long as you know it's a lot!