U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 32-year-old member asked:

pregnancy next year i'm planning to conceive but before i do is it ok for me to start taking prenatal vitamins before i know that i'm pregnant?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Serlin
Family Medicine 21 years experience
You : You absolutely should start taking prenatal vitamins before trying to conceive. Prenatal vitamins have a high level of Folic Acid which helps prevent neural tube defects(spinal cord problems). These can occur in the first few weeks of the pregnancy, often before women even know they are pregnant. So i recommend that anyone thinking of getting pregnant or trying to get pregnant start taking them. There is no harm in even starting now, this far ahead. There is nothing harmful or particularly special otherwise about prenatal vitamins that differentiates them from a multivitamin, except for the folic acid. Many household foods are also supplemented with Folic Acid to help prevent neural tube defects as well...Breads, cereals, etc. You should also consider seeing your primary care doctor prior to conceiving to see if there are any other health considerations prior to getting pregnant.
Dr. Travis McCoy
Fertility Medicine 22 years experience
Absolutely!: You can totally take them now. You don't need to start that far in advance, but a few months ahead of time is likely a good start. But being on them now won't hurt and will ensure that your body's stores of vitamins are full!

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.