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Hi,<br>
I'm new here and hope that I am not breaking any rules by asking about vitamins/herbs. I'm healthy, 26, ovulating and all that. I'd like to start a regimen to support my reproductive and general health, but don't want to be taking fists full of pills every day. As it stands, I take an alfalfa tab twice a day for iron/calcium/magnesium, and a b-vitamin complex. Any other suggestions? Is there a need to take a "prenatal"? (I'm trying to not act too "pre-pregnant" because I want to have fun and enjoy this time in my life! I want this to be about my overall health benefiting my future babe.).<br><br>
Thanks for any advice.
 

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Yes, I would add a prenatal because you need to be getting the recommended 600 mcg of folic acid when you conceive. If you wait to take folic acid until you are sure you are pregnant it may already be too late. It is important to prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. Oh, I forgot you are taking B complex, maybe you are already getting enough in that tab? Either way B vitamins are also important when TTC.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, I forgot you are taking B complex, maybe you are already getting enough in that tab? Either way B vitamins are also important when TTC.</div>
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I'm on top of the folic acid. I just hate huge prenatals and it weirds my husband out to be taking them when I'm not pregnant yet (yes, he's a weirdo). So as long as I get the 600, that should be fine, right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So as long as I get the 600, that should be fine, right?</div>
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Yep, 400-600 mcg, not to exceed 1000 mcg/day.<br>
I don't think you need to add anything, but someone else might have other recommendations, like baby aspirin, red raspberry leaf, etc.<br>
I prefer a simple straight forward regimen, no need to any anything else now. I wouldn't rush with the prenatals as long as you have a b complex. Some prenatals have a lot of iron and that will just constipate you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Good luck<br>
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Thanks, Heather -- I agree simple is best. I will keep up w/ the folic acid.
 

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Here is some information that I'm going to copy/paste from an email from my naturopath/midwife. I have nothing to back it up, but I trust her, and it's pretty easy to start a couple months early!!<br><br>
"Here is some new nutrition research info. Well nourished women in pregnancy have children with better cardiovascular anatomy and better muscle to fat ratio and, well nourished women before pregnancy have placentas that, from the first cells, develop better, preventing the placental circulation that is related to pre-eclampsia.The recommendation is to take prenatal vitamins beginning 3 months before pregnancy."<br><br>
Hope that helps!<br>
Andrea
 

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A study performed by Harvard medical school has shown that taking multivitamins improve chances of pregnancy.<br><br>
I personaly take a prenatal multi, essential fatty acids (fish oil or evening primrose) and sea vegetables.<br><br>
I am also taking herbs but those are for more specific reasons.<br><br>
I agree to keep it simple if you are eating a nutrient dense diet, but most people don't. If you take suppliments make sure they are food based so you won't get constipated from the iron, etc. and absorb all the nutrients.
 

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Starting about 6 months before TTC I started this regimine:<br><br>
Daily I take-<br>
a women's multivitamin with 800 mcg of folic acid (a prenatal would serve the same purpose)<br>
1000 mg flax seed oil<br>
1200 mg omega-3 (fish oil, molecularly distilled)<br>
300 mg choline (new research shows benefits for fetal brain development)<br>
So only 4 pills a day!<br><br>
My husband takes a multivitamin and 1000 mg of flax seed (he can't take fish oil) to make sure that his sperm are in great shape too.<br><br>
This was all on the rec of my midwife. Once I'm pregnant, I'll switch to a prenatal, and increase the omega-3's.
 

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Thanks for all the great input. I have some Omega 3 pills that I can start taking again. Between that, the alfalfa, and Bs, I think I'm covered until pregnant. Three pills is about all I can handle a day!<br><br>
I hadn't thought about getting my husband to take pills, but I should definitely get him popping the flaxseed. Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I personaly take a prenatal multi, essential fatty acids (fish oil or evening primrose) and sea vegetables.</div>
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I recently read that EPO should only be used from AF to O...<br><a href="http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/howto.htm" target="_blank">http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/howto.htm</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I recently read that EPO should only be used from AF to O...<br><a href="http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/howto.htm" target="_blank">http://www.tryingtoconceive.com/howto.htm</a></div>
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I've heard that too. My naturopath said it shouldn't be a problem, though, so I'd like to do some more research in some books.
 

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I forgot I was going to share my supplement routine too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><ul><li>Flax/borage oil the first half of the cycle, evening primrose oil the second half</li>
<li>Pregnancy Prep by Vitanica to support progesterone because of my luteal phase defect</li>
<li>Vitex for the same reason</li>
<li>Calcium digluconate or something like that to help my body get rid of excess estrogen during the week before and week after ovulation (due to an estrogen dominance caused by BC pills)</li>
<li>A regular multi (not a prenatal)</li>
<li>Calcium/magnesium</li>
<li>B complex</li>
<li>Extra C</li>
<li>Zinc</li>
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