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October 1st, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Yesterday DH and I went to our local Target Supercenter to get some shelves and decourations. (I loooove decourating for hallowe'en!) I decided to pick up some vitamins since I know there are certain supplements that we need while TTC. I picked up some Nature Made B-Complex Gummies and Nature Made Multivitamin Gummies (thanks for the idea )

I noticed some things about them. First of all, they both come with 400mcg of Folic acid, so if I take the 2 vitamins each, I will be ingesting 800mcg of Folic Acid. Is that okay? Surprisingly, between teh two, I am still not at 50mg of B6 or B12, should I find another supplement?

I'm still trying to find some info on Vitex, but target didn't sell it.
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October 1st, 2012, 04:28 PM
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As far as I know there is no such thing as too much folic acid. It's water soluble so if you ingest more than you need, it will just leave the body through your urine.

I think you only need more than the normal dose of B6 if you have a luteal phase defect. If you take too much it may actually extend your LP beyond 14 days which is unnecessary and frustrating. I've also seen women say that taking too much pre-O has pushed their O back which is also frustrating.

The B12 should be fine as well unless you're a vegetarian. I think it's mainly important for absorbing the folic acid in women. It's found naturally in meats, eggs, dairy etc so you may need more if you don't eat those things. It's really more of a male TTC supplement as it helps improve sperm count and motility.

One thing that is important is DHA, so check how much you are getting in those vitamins. You should be getting between 500-1000mg a day.
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October 1st, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Neither vitamin has DHA in it. I was still reviewing the different prenatals before DH rushed me away. Prenatals tend to be a bit expensive in my area so I need to do extensive research before I commit (also don't want to get one that will make me sick).

As far as the LP, I don't ovulate so I don't know how long my LP is right now =/

I was wondering if I had some progesterone issues, but when I had my recent labs done, that wasn't mentioned. I know when I go back in January, I am going to be armed with not only my charts, but all the knowledge I have gained. I am definitely going to push for an FSH test to find out how my girls are doing. That's one thing they have never tested.

And even though DH's boys are good, maybe I'll start having him take the B-Complex, LOL!
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October 1st, 2012, 04:45 PM
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If you do have progesterone issues, they may not show up until you ovulate as post-O levels are what's important. I'm surprised they haven't done the FSH test yet! I'd definitely push for that.
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