Prenatal Vitamins

July 6th, 2009

After talking with my doctor and telling her that we might be trying to start to have kids within a year, she told me to start taking prenatal vitamins since we’re still thinking about it. Apparently, it’s ideal to be taking prenatal vitamins at least 3-4 months before conceiving. She said that a lot of women can’t swallow those horse-pill-sized prenatal vitamins, so at the very least take Folic Acid 400 mcg per day (that’s the absolute minimum of what I should be taking). Folic Acid (aka Folate) reduces the risk of serious birth defect, which is why it’s most important to take at least 400 mcg per day prior to conception since it is a crucial vitamin in DNA development. Some recommend taking it if you are of childbearing age (whether or not you’re planning on conceiving), since only 50% of pregnancies are planned.

At first I thought it was weird for me to be taking prenatal vitamins if I wasn’t pregnant or currently trying to have a baby. But now it makes sense; its better to be safe than sorry. Plus they’re just vitamins so it can’t really hurt me if I take it. I talked with Cori and she told me that she took this brand of prenatal vitamins that wasn’t horse-pill sized (which a lot of them are), called Stuart Prenatal multivitamin/multimineral supplement (includes Folic Acid 800 mcg). The size is so easy to swallow! It’s skinny and not too long. Super easy to take! I’m glad she told me about them! I wouldn’t mind taking these for the rest of my life since they’re just multivitamins/multiminerals supplements!

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