So...I had my annual checkup yesterday, and mentioned to the doctor that my husband and I are planning on TTC next May. She told me to get on a prenatal vitamin right away, even though its almost a year off. She gave me a prescription for one, that has twice the amount of folic acid of the kind you can find over the counter (I can't remember the name). I think that it is too early to start taking them, but I talked to my sister who is a nurse and she said to go ahead and take them. The folic acid prevents spina bifida which occurs about 3 weeks into a pregnancy before most people even know, so in case you accidentaly get pregnant it is a good thing to be taking regardless. I thought my husband would freak out, but he didn't and was fine with it. I'm wondering how early those that are TTC or have children started taking a prenatal. I noticed that the prenatal doensn't have some of the other vitamins in my multi. Would it be ok to alternate my multi w/ the prenatal? (every other day?) Thanks!!