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July 16th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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I'm not taking them, nor do I plan to. Is a multivitamin good enough, just in case I do wind up pg? Thanks.
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July 16th, 2006, 08:26 PM
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the folic acid is what is important in regards to the babies development. I always take prenatals b/c it's basically a multivitamin anyway.
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July 16th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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I normally take a multi vitamin (although I do have days I forget) and I take a B-Complex to suplement the folic acid & it's also good for mood & energy. I think multi is probably fine (read how much folic acid it has) but you may want to add the extra folic or a B-Complex.
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July 16th, 2006, 09:13 PM
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My advice--take the pre-natals. I didn't this last time around, and I kept kicking myself after I found out I was pregnant. I doubt it had anything to do with the loss, but there's a tiny question in my mind. Bad feeling all around--take the vitamins.
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July 17th, 2006, 05:25 PM
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Thanks. The prenatals make me sad, which I guess is a bit silly. I could probably get over that if I just started taking them again. I also don't want to take too much iron, because when I was a kid I had a low tolerance for iron (meaning the regular dose was almost too much for my body), so I was a bit worried after my 2nd mc that maybe the prenatals had too much iron for me or something like that. However, I'm not sure whether prenatals have more iron than a regular multivitamin or not, so it may be a totally moot point.
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July 17th, 2006, 07:07 PM
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Sara - I also had the prenates make me sad. That is why I switched to a multi vitamin. Prenates generally do have more iron than a typical multi because when you are pg you have more blood volume & many women will experience anemia without the added iron. I would talk to your pharmacist. Explain your intolerance for iron & ask him to tell you which OTC to take in which combo to have the same amount of everything a prenate has & yet keep the iron lower. That way when you do get a BFP, you can switch to a higher iron if necessary & don't have to worry about overdoing it in the meantime. I could never swallow the prenates anyway - so I had to chew them which is gross - especially if you already queasy at all. I never took an actual prenate for pg #2 & #3...I took a combo of OTC that matched it - they were way smaller, easier to swallow & I could spread them out over the day with meals & snacks & avoid the "gut rot" (as I call it) of too much vitamin for my tummy. I hope you find what you are comfortable with.
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July 18th, 2006, 09:22 AM
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My OB with DS let me take two Flintstones Complete vitamins in lieu of the prenates, because the aftertaste of the prenates was horrid. I also found some prenates that have NO iron for pre-conception/first trimester and they adjust the vitamin mix by trimester to max what you need at each point and minimize negative effects. My current OB highly recommends them and you don't need a Rx to get them.

Here's the link to their FAQ page. You can follow any other links from there. They're very easy to swallow (1 capsule per day), and no aftertaste.
http://www.promisestages.com/faq.html
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July 18th, 2006, 09:15 PM
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Thanks! I checked out the site and I'm considering it. I guess it might be a bit paranoid to worry about the iron, but it was one of the first things I thought of after the second mc. I haven't tested anemic or anything for a long time, but my problem isn't low iron, it's that regular iron amounts are high for me, so high amounts are even higher. The last thing I want is some kind of iron overdose.
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July 18th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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because the aftertaste of the prenates was horrid[/b]
My solution for this problem was to take them with a flavored water (usually Propel). Since I don't usually have trouble swallowing the actual pill (and it isn't in my mouth too long) this seemed to work well.

As for me, I haven't been taking any prenates or any vitamin. I guess I probably should, and I have enough...about 9 months worth since I have kept ordering them since my prescription hadn't expired. Maybe they will even help me to not feel so sluggish (although I think this is more from the hot and humid weather).
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July 19th, 2006, 12:00 AM
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OK I used "aftertaste" because it sounded better than what actually happened. When I was pg, I burped all the time and the prenate taste in the burps was disgusting! Uck!!
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