While taking a prenatal vitamin is folate (in whole food vitamins) and folic acid (synthetic vitamins) the same? Or is one better than the other?

The same! Folate is another name for folic acid, and for prevention of birth defects, or for any other purpose, there is absolutely no difference in effectiveness between Folic Acid that has been made in the lab and Folic Acid from a natural product. You should definitely take a prenatal vitamin that contains one or the other, but the manufacturing process is up to you!

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Are prenatal vitamin and fertility vitamin same? Which one I should take to become pregnant? These vitamins to become pregnant are confusing me. My gyn doctor told me to take folic acid. I have try to become pregnant for a year now. It seem like it never

Prenatal . Prenatal vitamins and Folic Acid are important to take prior to conceiving becuase they will help create a environment to maintain a healthy fetus as far as growth and development, especially the folic acid. The Folic Acid helps protect against neural tube defects. If you can't afford both i would say the Folic Acid is more important. Your doctor may actually have samples of pre-natal vitamins, they can also be bought pretty inexpensively at your local pharmacy or grocery store. The Clomid (clomiphene) is the pill that will help you ovulate and hopefully become pregnant. You can buy OPK kits online very inexpensively. A simple internet search can direct you to many sites that sell them at cost. Don't give up! best of luck. Read more...

I'm preparing for pregnancy and am taking a prenatal vitamin with 800 mcg of folic acid. Is adding an additional 200 safe? I want twins!!

Yes. 1000 mcg of folic acid is safe, but probably not necessary. 800 mcg is plenty, even if you want twins. (Folic acid will not increase your chances of having twins). Folic acid supplementation is for the prevention of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Read more...

I am approximately 6 weeks pregnant, how soon can I start taking prenatal vitamin & folic acid?

ASAP. Start your prenatal vitamins with folic acid now. Folic acid supplementation is advised preferably 3 months prior to becoming pregnant, but now is fine . Dr. DeCosimo. Read more...
Sooner the better. Now is good. It actually is called a prenatal vitamin because it is important your body have the right amount of nutrients and vitamins in store for when you get pregnant. Start one now, better late than never. Read more...

How long after taken a prenatal vitamin and a folic acid pill can you become pregnant?

Rigth away. Are you still taking or did you stop? It's okay to take while pregnant and it's okay to get pregnant while taking. Read more...
reduces risks. Folic acid and/or prenatal vitamins containing Folic Acid are important to take even before conception to reduce the risk of certain types of birth defects. Whether they will actually help you get pregnant is less clear. Read more...

Can I take a regular woman's vitamin like vita-vim for women and a folic acid supplement of 1000mcg while pregnant instead of a prenatal vitamin?

Prenatal vitamins. Its probably ok to do this, but if the issue is the vitamin is too big, ask for a chewable. If it makes you nauseated ask for one that has something in it to help with the nausea or take it at night. In addition talk to your OB about your need of an essential fatty acid called dha, which is good for fetal brain and eye development. Read more...

I'm pregnant, 14 weeks now. I have prenatal vitamin, calcium, iron and folic acid pills. Can I take these together or can I take some together?  

Take as you wish. You can take the bunch all together. Iron can upset your gut, and it's easiest if you are taking iron to take low doses through the day. Read more...
However you like. Great job taking all your vitamins. You should take them however you like and however you stomach tolerates them. Together or spreadout during the day is fine. Read more...

Is icy hot cream safe to use on the back while pregnant? Is Deplin safe to take along with a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid?

Comments. External ointments will not get absorbed into circulation unless applied over broken or cracked skin. Deplin contains high dose biologically active folic acid, and works by interacting with receptors in brain, but non-active folate can counteract the benefits by flooding and blocking the cellular receptors. Yes safe but could blunt the intended Deplin effect. Can benefit with doc discussion. Read more...