When I was pregnant the first time, I went to fill my prescription for prenatal vitamins and expected to pay the minimum co-pay my insurance would charge. I mean, they were just vitamins, right? How expensive could they be?
As it turned out, they fell under the category of the highest co-pay allowed. This meant my prenatal vitamins were going to cost me a whopping $40 per month. But, knowing how important they were, I filled the prescription anyway. At my next appointment, I mentioned it to my OB who quickly informed me that I could buy prenatal vitamins over the counter for around $10. As far as she was concerned, any prenatal vitamin that would give me at least 800 mcg of folic acid a day was acceptable. I later learned that some OBs even recommend Flintstone vitamins to their patients as these don’t typically cause nausea like some prenatals can.
These days, I take prenatals as a regular daily multivitamin. This insures that if I were to get pregnant, I would have adequate stores of folic acid built up. They are no more expensive than a regular multivitamin but they keep me and any future babies protected.