But what about prenatal vitamins? I had a friend recommend that I start taking them. So I did a little bit of research. I looked a blogs and comments to questions on certain websites. The results varied. Some women didn't start taking prenatal vitamins to well into their pregnancy. Others started earlier.
An article at babycenter.com said the following:
If you're very tuned in to nutrition and regularly eat a broad range of foods, including meat, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, your diet will provide almost all the nutrients you and your baby need. Realistically, though, most women — especially those in the throes of morning sickness— can benefit from taking a prenatal
vitamin and mineral supplement, preferably before they start trying to conceive. Think of it as an insurance policy to make sure you're getting the right amount of certain important nutrients during pregnancy.
It went on to say however, that too much can be a bad thing. I've had a tendency to get bad nosebleeds when taking a lot of multi-vitamins and up through college always choose a children's chewable over your standard OTC vitamin.
The article mentioned that often times a physician will recommend or even prescribe a certain type of prenatal vitamin. There is no FDA guidelines of prenatal vitamins so each brand has includes different doses of each vitamin and mineral.
I decided that for me, I think it will be best to wait a little bit on the prenatal vitamins. I'm taking folic acid and a regular multivitamin. I'm also a healthy (and rather hearty) eater, so I think I'm well covered when it comes to nutrition. But, I might re-evaluate things in a few weeks.