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How long should I take prenatal vitamin before trying to conceive

A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myrtle Oates
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prenatal vitamins: Hi Jean, How nice to prepare for an upcoming pregnancy. I usually prescribe my patient prenatal vitamins because they have a little 'extra' when it ... Read More

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Recommended: When taking prenatal vitamins when trying to conceive it is a good idea to supplement DHA as well.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Boling
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probable not: But try taking the vitamin in the evening. If you have a 28 day cycle, your most fertile days are around the the 14th day of your cycle, try to have ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yolanda Wade
26 years experience in Family Medicine
Talk to your doctor: While Vitex may help support progesterone, it is not proven to be enough to help to maintain pregnancy in women with insufficient levels of progestero ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Keathley
23 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
1 mg: 1 mg is adequate unless you have a history of neural tube defect or defects in folate (folic acid) metabolism in which a higher dose is recommended. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
It doesn't: Boost your fertility at all. It does set you up for a healthy pregnancy, is worth taking - suggest starting 3 months before you hope to conceive.
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A female asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Specializes in Family Medicine
I'm so glad u asked!: If you're taking norethisterone in the second half of your cycle only, u may ovulate and conceive. BUT, especially in high doses, this hormone can ha ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sammy Pedram
18 years experience in Internal Medicine
800mcg - 1000mcg: Longer answer is 400 - 1000 mcg but many obstetricians prescribe 1000mcg. The goal is to prevent a specific type of birth defect involving the spinal ... Read More
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Dr. Nicholas Perera
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Absolutely, : Absolutely, all women of childbearing age should take a prenatal vitamin once daily, whether or not they are currently pregnant. The reason is that th ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No help conceiving: Prenatal vitamins will not help you get pregnant. They will help your developing fetus if you do get pregnant. Ideally, prenatal vitamins should be st ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Quezada
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Before you start: You should take prenatal vitamins before you become pregnant. The Folic Acid helps with early nervous system development and a recent study has show ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Wait for 2 hours: It is safe to take your vitamins 2 hours after taking metamucil for full absorption.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gray
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Right away: You can start trying immediately. Just be aware of the slightly increased risk of multiples for the first month after discontinuing the pill. This ris ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alla Tamarkin
12 years experience in Anesthesiology
3 months before: Start folic acid and prenatal plus iron at least 3 months prior to pregnancy and continue throughout pregnancy.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience in Dermatology
One month after: It's safe to become pregnant 30 or more days after stopping Accutane (isotretinoin).
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Brignoni
34 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Prenatal vitamins are nutritional supplements to keep you healthy with possible elements that may be insufficient in your diet. Also the frolic acid p ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
You can go ahead: and start taking prenatal vitamins now (they have extra folate). Good luck !
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
14 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Depends: There are many reasons to be on Prednisone, and some of them may require Prednisone for optimal control of your condition. The best way to coordinate ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
One milligram: You need a prenatal vitamin that contains one milligram of folic acid. Over the counter prenatal vitamins contain 800 micrograms or 0.8 mgs which is n ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Maybe not: You do not have to stop Propecia (finasteride) before TTC, many couples are successful while the husband's take that drug. If your partner does not co ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Beshay
19 years experience in Fertility Medicine
Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins contain the needed amounts of iron and folic acid. Folic acid 800 micrograms (0.8 mg) is the typical dose in prenatal vitamins. Rece ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald De la Pena
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
2 cycles: Let your body heal, and reestablish a normal menstrual.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Yes: Folic acid has been proven to prevent neural tube defects, a very serious birth defect. This occurs during the first month of pregnancy, often before ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Go ahead: Vitamins have little toxicity and while i'm among the minority of phyiscians who think taking a cheap vitamin-and-mineral supplement is worth the few ... Read More

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