Pregnant after a Loss

Educate me please

OB wants me on a prenatal with "extra" folic acid. The one I currently have has 600mcg. She didn't specify what amount constitutes "extra" however. My current one also doesn't have the DHA. I have been looking online and can't seem to make a decision. I see that there is a New Chapter Organic that is popular but it does not have extra folate and you take 3 pills a day!

Would any of you mind providing recommendations?

Thank you.  

Positive for ANA's for RA (although no "active" antibodies currently), on 200 mg progesterone, 81mg aspirin, and levothyroxine daily.

3 consecutive losses - Natural m/c Aug '09 @ 6w2d, June '10 @ 13w5d, baby measuring 11w2d - D&C, Natural m/c March 2012 @ 6 weeks.
Hoping this will be my take home baby.

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Re: Educate me please

  • I would call back and ask.  I don't know if prescriptions vary by state, but I know the largest amount of folic acid I could get without a Rx was 800mcg.  My RE had to write me a Rx for folic acid (2mg) and a Rx for my prenatals (ProferaOB One)- which also has 1mg folic acid and DHA.

    Another option would be to just buy folic acid, but you'd still need to ask the OB how much.  I was taking three, 800mcg folic acids (roughly 2.5mg folic acid) so that's why I asked for the Rx so I didn't have to take three FA pills.  It costs a little more having the Rx, but I'm not good with swallowing pills so it made sense for me Smile


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  • The Centrum pre natal vitamins I bought have 800mcg. Not sure if thats how much he wanted extra but thats what I buy. I did want to buy the gummies but they dont have any iron. I also have trouble swallowing pills. :) hope this helps. I got them at a walgreens. Pretty sure walmart carries them too. I would call the doctor too and ask exactly how much he wanted extra.
  • I took New Chapter at first but got VERY tired of taking three vitamins a day. My phone alarm was constantly going off to remind me, and despite that, I'm pretty sure I lost track of how many I was taking a day. A good organic one-a-day alternative for me has been Rainbow Light's Prenatal One. This vitamin has 800mcg of folic acid, which is pretty standard. I would ask if a separate folic acid supplement would suffice, since even if you found a vitamin with higher folic acid, it might upset your stomach or you might not like it. Or you can find some good foods rich in folic acid and make sure to eat them every day. 
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  • I take the vitafusion gummy prenantals which has 800 mcg of folic acid and DHA as well. Plus, they're pretty yummy. But yes, I would find out how much extra your OB wants you to take.

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  • Thanks for the suggestions gals! I'm thinking I will try the Centrum and up my food intake of folic acid as well. Have a great day!
    Positive for ANA's for RA (although no "active" antibodies currently), on 200 mg progesterone, 81mg aspirin, and levothyroxine daily.

    3 consecutive losses - Natural m/c Aug '09 @ 6w2d, June '10 @ 13w5d, baby measuring 11w2d - D&C, Natural m/c March 2012 @ 6 weeks.
    Hoping this will be my take home baby.

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  • I use the New Chapter Perfect Prenatals, did with DS as well.

    I am not sure if they are considered to have "extra" folate or not.

    As for the 3 pills/day, they are each much, much smaller than a regular one/day prenatal, which is nice.  I take them all at once before bed, but at least I don't have to swallow a gigantic horse pill.

    For DHA, I take the Target version of Expecta.

     


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  • Glad u decided to go Centrum theyre good i dont usually need more than that but i sometimes get sick if i take them before i eat. Make sure you eat something light maybe if you feel theyre making you woozy. :)
  • My OB's office writes prescriptions for OB One Complete.  It has 1000 mcg of folic acid & DHA, & you only have to take one pill a day!  The downside is that is sold by prescription only.
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