What vitamins should I be taking?

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Registered: 08-01-2010
What vitamins should I be taking?
Sun, 08-01-2010 - 9:37pm

Other than prenatals, are there other vitamins that will help prepare my body for being pregnant or increase the chances of getting pregnant? I know there's no "miracle pill" but if there's anything that would help, I'd like to know!

Thanks! :)

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Registered: 10-11-2010
Mon, 08-02-2010 - 2:42pm
I take a prenatal vitamin and folic acid supplement daily. They don't increase your chances of getting pregnant, but they help reduce the chance of birth defects for when you do.

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Registered: 08-20-2009
Mon, 08-02-2010 - 11:39pm

I agree with PP- I'm on a prenatal prescribed by my RE because it has larger doses of folic acid than most over-the-counters. I think it has either 800 or 1000 mg (or whatever units it comes in), which is more than what I bought over the counter. There are other things some women take- a think fertil-aid is pretty popular and it is a prenatal with other goodies like vitex which is supposed to help. I'm just sticking to what my dr suggests for now, though I did use B6 or B12 one cycle. Oh, my dr is having me start on baby aspirin for the next cycle, though I don't know yet what that is for. I think a general prenatal is a good place to start though, if you don't have any knowledge of a TTC problem.

Are you going to temp or use OPKs? I know some women have mixed opinions on doing so, as do some drs, but I am so glad I do both. After several months of well timed BDing on cycles with confirmed O (confirmed by temping/charting), I took the charts in to my dr. I had also marked positive OPKs, which lined up nicely with my temping data. He took one look at them and said, "yes, you should have gotten pregnant by now." It cut back some of the tests he would have done, which saved on expense and time, and went straight to my tubes. An HSG revealed blocked tubes and the surgery revealed an even bigger problem, but all of it was fixed (we hope!). He was happy to have confirmation of ovulation through my charts, and pleased that I understood the timing issues related to TTC. I say all this not to push you into charting or OPKing, but if after a few months you are not pg and concerned, it will be good to at least know for sure that you O. And whether you do temp or not, I highly recommend you check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which is the bible of TTC. It is incredible- I am an educated woman who thought I knew about my body- that book made me realize how very little we are taught about reproduction.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling! Baby dust to you!


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Registered: 08-01-2010
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 12:30am

Thanks, ladies!

My prenatal has 800 mcg of folic acid, so that sounds like it should be good.

I am not planning on temping or charting at first, but if nothing happens in the first few months I will definitely do it. I charted a few years ago and it was amazing the things I learned about my body! It came at the price of obsession for me though, which ended up totally stressing me out. That's why I think I'm going to wait!

Thank you for reminding me about "Taking Charge of Your Fertility." A friend recommended this book to me years ago and I glanced at her copy and really liked it. I will be picking up a copy for myself now! :)

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 4:08am

I agree with the PP...great advice. :o)

And I second TCOYF...OMG so informative!

Sending loads of baby dust your way!

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