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    Default Pre-conception vitamins vs. folate tablets

    Hi everyone,

    Hubby and I plan to start TTC in June or July, so after doing heaps of research, I bought the Blackmores Conceive Well Gold about a month ago. I only took them for about 4 or 5 days because the taste and smell repulsed me, to the point where I'd still be dry reaching an hour later. It didn't matter what I took them with (food, no food, water, milk, soft drink, etc) I still really struggled to take them, so just stopped them altogether. Now as the time to TTC draws closer, I thought I should at least be taking something, so after some more research, I bought Megafol 0.5 (folic acid tablets) today.

    I just wanted to see what the general consensus is about pre-conception vitamins vs taking JUST folate? I figure, folate is the most important so at least if I can take that, hopefully i'm making up for everything else in my diet. Then I start to doubt myself, and feel selfish that just because I struggle to take two tablets each day, my baby could be born with problems... ughhhh. I guess I just want some reassurance that what i'm doing is ok, or maybe a recommendation of a vitamin that doesn't taste so bad!

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    I rather take a multivitamin because I know I lack in other departments such as Iron. Ive taken Swisse Pregnancy Ultivite and I find it really good. Only one tablet a day and doesnt have a terrible taste. Im taking Elevit at the moment but due to the price of them Im switching back to the Swisse brand after I finish the bottle. The multivitamins have other things in them that can help during pregnancy as well as just Folate. I went to a vitamin store and the lady there gave me a sample pack of a pregnancy vitamin..I never bothered taking it but after talking to her she said that nearly all the pregnancy vitamins are the same..some just have different levels of things..but she said that one that has the folate, iron, iodine and fish oils is a good one..Thats why I like Swisse

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    Maybe try a different brand. I couldn't take elevit because of the same thing. I switched to bioceuticals in natal with iron. My fs says I need to take a pre-natal v just folate but it might depend on what you are deficient in to see if you can get away with just folate.

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    Hi there, I was about 12 weeks pg with my ds when all the hype came out about iodine and how we were more likely to be deficient in that too now due to the differences in milk manufacturing, but how iodine is so crucial for babies' brain development. I freaked out cause at the time I was taking elevit but it has only recently started adding iodine. I started taking a blackmores iodine that also contained folic acid (but only 0.3). If you were to take that plus the megafol (0.5) then you would be getting the recommended amount of iodine, and the same amount of folic acid that's in elevit (0.8 higher than most but they've done lots of research).

    You have to be careful if you were going to take a regular multi (may contain vit a which is not safe in pregnancy), but you could take other things individually if you needed them (iron or magnesium say later in pregnancy). That may be more expensive though, but by that stage you may be able to stomach the swisse anyways. Hope this helps.

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    Sorry, conceive well, not swisse!
    Last edited by veggiemama; 10-04-2012 at 18:17.

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    Thanks for all of your responses! I went to the chemist today and all I could find was Natures Own Pregnancy Platinum but i've read plenty of good things about these. I just took one and am very happy to report that there was NO taste, and barely any smell! So glad all of your responses convinced me to go get the full multi's; I feel much better about it all now :-)

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    I am glad you found one that works for you. Conceive Well made me nauseous for about 18 hours after I took it but Elevit works really well for me

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    Elevit made me feel extremely nauseous.... i was the same, dry retching and all.... switched to blackmores, was very much the same, but not as hardcore.. then just took regular folate. was perfect.

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    I was told blackmores pregnancy and breast feeding one was the best because of iodine. Bear in mind that all multivitamins should be taken with food otherwise they will make you nauseous!! Even non pregnancy ones. I have mine every morning with my breakfast!

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    My specialist had me in megafol 5 mg and pregnancy vitamins. I take blackmores. Swisse made me sick! I think it's a bit of trial and error on what works for you personally. Good luck TTC


 

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