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prenatal vitamin's?

Hi ladies! DH and I just got married, we will start trying to have kids in January, we'll pull the goalie and see what happens and when! :) 

So my question is what type of prenatal vitamin's should I take, or who is the best person to ask. I see a homeopathic doctor as well as my OBGYN (I have seen him for the last few years for my yearly, he also put my IUD in) 

I guess where should I start? :)  Thank you all so much for all of your advice. 

 

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#1: Alexander John: February 25, 2012      
  #2: EDD June 13, 2014

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    I use the Target brand prenatals.  You want to look for a prenatal with 800mcg of folic acid.  I started taking mine when we started trying, but it never hurts to start sooner.  It is a great multi-vitamin.
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    I just buy mine at my clinic pharmacy. I've heard the Target brand ones are great as well. My midwife says anything you can buy is just as good as any prescription pre-natal some doc's will try to get you to fill, so it's not worth the additional cost.
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    I starting taking folic acid (800 mg per day) a month or so before we started trying. Once I was pregnant, I started taking the target prenatals. Some people get nauseous from the vitamins, so you may need to try a few different brands or types. I think they make a gummy version if you can't swallow the big vitamin.

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    It's never too soon to start taking a prenatal vitamin, especially for the folic acid.  It doesn't help you to get pg, but studies show that to be effective for the baby, you need to have a sustained level in your system from the very beginning of your pregnancy.

    I started on the Target brand prenatals when we were trying to conceive, but once we got pg, I found that they made me sick.  I switched to the CVS brand that comes with a DHA supplement as well, and have had really good luck with them.

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    Thanks for all of the ideas ladies! I might be jumping the gun, but like some of you said its never to early to get ready.  :) I have a appointment with my Homeopathic doc on Friday, we'll see what she suggests.  

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    #1: Alexander John: February 25, 2012      
      #2: EDD June 13, 2014

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    I really like the New Chapter Prenatals, they cost more but they are clean and I never feel sick taking them.  I did start out on Rx ones from the doc but had to stop because I felt awful from them. 

     I had been taking other NC vitamins and really like the brand. 

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    I started taking generic RX prenatals that my doctor prescribed about a year before we got pg.  I loved them because it was like $3 for a 90 day supply.  However, when I decided to add the DHA supplement those were ridiculous for a RX - like $45 for 30 day supply, so instead I switched to One a Day Prenatals with DHA.  Costco just had them on sale for $14.50 for a 90 day supply. I like them. 

     

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    We were nine years in the making.  Thus, my thoughts are probably a little different due to the amount of work we put into things and the amount of docs and specialists we saw.  We are finally due in August. 

    I use Promise.  They are "stages" vitamins.  Stage 1 for before pregnancy and first trimester and then Stage 2 for 2nd and 3rd trimester and Stage 3 for after delivery and breast feeding.  The amounts of vitamins vary by different stages as baby needs more of one thing in stage one than in stage two.  With promise you also take a DHA Omega-3 supplement with it.  Throughout all stages. 

    Be careful of some DHA Omega-3 supplements as they may NOT be pregnancy safe.  Also, take your pre-natals at night with a banana, oatmeal, or whole grain toast.  It will greatly help with getting sick.  Some women (myself included) seem to get sick off of the prenatal alone.

    Also, always have saltines and water by your bed.  Pop a few saltines in the morning before getting up and slug a few sips of water.  It helps BIG time.

    Also, take an extra 400mcg of Folic Acid along with your prenatal before getting pregnant and during your first trimester.  It will reduce your chances of tube defects.  (I took an extra 800mcg only due to hubby's family history)  You can't overdose on Folic Acid so don't worry. 

    One other thing, ask your doctor about vitamin D.  One of my specialists had me take MASS amounts of vitamin D before I became pregnant.  She wanted to get the levels in my blood up.  Then she has instructed me to take an additional 1000IU every other day throughout pregnancy.  Again, this may be due to hubby's family history too.  However, I have had friends who were told the same thing.  Not sure but worth asking.

    Good Luck! 

     

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    I took a Walgreens brand when I was pregnant with kid #1, and for some reason, prenatals made me sick when I was pregnant with kid #2. I ended up taking my kid's gummi vitamins! :)

    And I don't think you're jumping the gun at all, in wanting to take them now. It definitely won't do you any harm, and I've heard of many people who do lots of things in the year prior to trying for a baby, to help prepare their body. More power to ya, girlfriend!  

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    Not all vitamins absorb equally well, and if you can't absorb the benefits they just pass right through you.  Those that come from co-ops and places like Whole Foods tend to be better with this.  Also, to help maintain my regularity and also to get an Omega 3 boost, I started adding Flax Seed oil caplets to my routine.  Good luck!
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