When I got married, DH and I had an agreement that we would wait a year before getting off the pill and trying to get pregnant. This just helped us to enjoy being married. We bought a house, and started living the adult life…well with video games. I couldn’t wait for my next OB appointment where I would create my “gameplan”. The gameplan was to start taking a prenatal in May and then start trying in August.
I don’t like swallowing pills, so I opted for a gummie prenatal. Prenatals are important overall because it provides nutrients that your baby will need. So it’s better to get your body started with these early. Little did I know the gummie was not really good for me at all but I’ll get to that later.
The “gameplan” didn’t include any facts about charting or how to try to get pregnant. That is part of the reason I grew frustrated and started blogging about my experience. Including complaining to Clear Blue about their products. The OB had me believing this was supposed to be easy. That the pill should work it’s way out of my body in a few cycles and then bam we’d get pregnant. I mean that’s what you feared or thought would happen throughout college anyway right?
Every month or cycle there is only 20% chance to conceive. That’s where charting comes in. OPKs and taking your temperature help narrow down your best days to conceive, but even then, there is a lot of biology that has to occur before you get that double pink line.
For us it took eight months. DH likes to say it took four months because three of those months I had no idea what I was doing and at least one month we were too sick to even try. Or care to try. During those eight months, I ate my gummies faithfully, that if I became pregnant my body would be ready to give this baby exactly what it needed.
Only I found out that it didn’t. I got pregnant and right away my OB (a new one) put me on prescription prenatals. This is because I wasn’t getting what I need. A prenatal should have DHA as well as folic acid and of course regular vitamins. The gummies were missing this and iron and calcium. I couldn’t believe it. While the vitamins were good for my body, they weren’t enough for the baby.
While you don’t have to take prescription prenatals, you should definitely look for prenatals that have DHA and folic acid called out specifically. DHA assists with brain development in the fetus, which is crucial. In fact, the baby depends completely on the mother for its supply of DHA. I included the BrainStrong picture because it is a prenatal vitamin with folic acid and DHA and you can get it without a prescription. Which makes it pretty inexpensive too.
As you know from following me, I am passionate about talking about the Trying to Conceive process. I think more women should be talking about it so that companies are forced to make better products. I post about my experiences so others can learn from them as well. One last tidbit….prenatals can make you more nauseous in the first trimester. Try taking them after a meal and specifically not first thing in the morning.
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