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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?

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Dr. Travis McCoy
Fertility Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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Dr. David Serlin
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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