Soto: just to be clear, it sounds as though what you are taking is a fertility booster that is commonly used by many of us. THIS IS NOT a pre-natal vitamin. You need a pre-natal vitamin.
I just found out on Wednesday, that one of my infertility support group friend's who had finally had her long awaited little baby boy, that he died of a congential heart defect last Sunday. I'm going to his funeral on Sunday. Although they are still trying to understand how congential heart defects come about, one thing they know is the folic acid found in a pre-natal can help to prevent this defect.
If that isn't enough to promote how critical it is to take a pre-natal then I don't know what is.
"Taking a folic acid supplement is crucial. By taking 400 mcg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester, you can cut your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Taking folic acid helps prevent some other birth defects as well.
You can buy folic acid supplements at the drugstore, or you can take a prenatal or regular multivitamin. Check the label on multivitamins to make sure they contain the 400 mcg of folic acid you need.
Also check to make sure that your multivitamin doesn't contain more than the recommended daily allowance of 770 mcg RAE (2,565 IU) of vitamin A, unless most of it's in a form called beta-carotene. Getting too much of a certain kind of vitamin A can cause birth defects."