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Is that a good supplement to take until .I get to a doctor &have him perscribe a prenatal vitamin? I'm taking 1 of those a day, plus a folic acid supplement. I'm about 4-5wks preggo..
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replied May 25th, 2006
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Yep, that should be just fine, especially with the folic acid as well.
You could probably just keep doing that untill those vitamins are all gone, then replace them with ones specially for pregnancy.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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Oh! &also..
Women's .Once a .Day has 400mg of folic acid,
&my folic acid supplement is 400mg.. Is 800mg a day good?
Or would it not hurt if .I took 2 of the folic acid supplements?
Making it 1200mg a day.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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arcadia wrote:
oh! &also..
Women's .Once a .Day has 400mg of folic acid,
&my folic acid supplement is 400mg.. Is 800mg a day good?

Or would it not hurt if .I took 2 of the folic acid supplements?

Making it 1200mg a day.


the doctor told me that the ideal dosage for the first trimester is 400 mg. As for supplements I didnt take anything but just ate more protein (meat etc), useful carbs, and lots of vegies.If your eating well baby would get enough nutrient supply.
And from what i've read you must eat up 3000 calories per day and just add 300 as the pregnancy progresses
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replied May 25th, 2006
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I'm only taking 400 mg a day of folic acid. I had to stop taking the actual prenatals because they were making me so sick and I had a hard time swallowing them. Now I take a regular multi-vitamin (there might be additional folic acid in these but I don't remember), a calcium, and the folic. I made sure I was getting everything I needed. I don't know if there's any harm in taking 1200 mg of folic acid but it's not needed.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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I find it so weird that in the states you guys are prescribed vitamins. We can buy them anywhere here-lol
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replied May 25th, 2006
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They sell them in the stores here too. I used to get mine at the grocery store but I didn't like them and they didn't really have a selection.

I just checked and my multi-vitamin has folic acid too so i'm getting 800 mg a day.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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If your prenatal vitamins are prescribed by a doctor, your health insurance will pay for them. They are technically the exact same pills they get off the shelf that you walk into the store and buy - just paid for by your health insurance. That is why they are prescribed.

Also, some people don't think they need them. When they are prescribed by a doctor, they take that a little more seriously.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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U dont have to get perscribed a prenatal vitamin... The docotor just usually gives u a bottle for free. You can buy actual prenatal vitamins at wal mart.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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Really? At wal mart? I couldn't find any anywhere. So .I went with the .Women's .Once a .Day because apparently thats what my best friend's doc told her to take. Lol. I have suuuuch a hard time swallowing pills, so .I have to cut them up into 5ths. Hahahah. :)
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replied May 25th, 2006
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Is anyone else taking a dha capsule in addition to a prenatal vitamin? It helps with the baby's brain development b/c of the omega-3 fatty acids. It's derived from plants, not fish, so it's safe. The doctor prescribed it. It gets me nauseated some times and gives me bad heartburn, but if it's helping the baby then it's worth it. Just wondering if anyone else was taking it.
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replied May 25th, 2006
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I got mine at walgreens. I went to have my prescription filled, and it was like $28 for 90 vitamins....And at the time my insurance hadn't. Kicked in yet..So I took the walgreens brand that had 240 vitamins, that was like $18. It lasted me my whole pregnancy, and then some (because I forgot to take them *every* day.) I also took iron pills as well since i've always been a bit anemic.
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