BEST Prenatal Vitamins?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I take Rainbow Light and love them.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Vitafol

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I take a generic. I figure vitamins and minerals are vitamins and minerals and it doesn’t really matter if it costs $10 or $30, it’s all the same stuff.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My MD told me generic was fine. As long as you are able to tolerate them and they have adequate folate/folic acid, they are doing their job. I took Target generic when TTC and switched to prescription (Select OB with DHA) when pregnant because they don’t make me sick.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m also taking the Target gummy prenatals and that’s the only vitatmin I’m taking.  All my tests have come back right on track from each visit so I figure they’re doing what they need to.  Unless my dr. says my tests show any different or I’m low on anything, I’m just going to continue this approach. 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Not pregnant or TTC till next year, but at my last OBGYN appt my doctor told me their isn’t a difference between the generic/more expensive brands.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

I tried the Rainbow Light and they were fine, but now I’m taking the Target generic prenatals and they are just fine too and much cheaper!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsWBS:  My doctor told me any over the counter prenatal is fine and DHA is beneficial. She said all women should be taking a vitamin D3 supplement as well as calcium. I’ll be honest, I didn’t start calcium until I was about 12 weeks pregnant. 

I was taking the Target gummy because I have a very sensitive stomach but when I looked closer at it I saw that it doesn’t have iron. I knew when I got pregnant I’d want the iron. I ended up switching to rainbow light because I read on WB that they were easier on the stomach and they haven’t given me any issues. I took them for 7 months before we conceived. I get them at Target, it’s $20 for 30 prenatals and 30 DHA. There are more expensive ones at Whole Foods that require you take them multiple times a day but the oens from Target really worked perfectly. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m taking Preg Vit 5 (with the extra Folic acid) My doctor gave me a prescription b/c I found store bought ones too big to swallow.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I also take Rainbow Light prenatal.  If you have trouble swallowing pills, consider Rainbow Light’s Prenatal Petite, which means you just take 3 mini pills instead one larger pill.  I’m thinking of switching to the petite pills when I finish my regular-size bottle because sometimes I have trouble swallowing it. 

I also take Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil.  Omega 3 is supposed to be really good for baby’s neurological and visual developments, and may reduce allergies: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/omega3fishoil.html

 @sit1010:  how much calcium are you taking?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just becareful with DHA/Fish Oil. My MD told me to stop taking the Nordic Naturals fish oil while I was taking the prenatal with DHA.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@razzzzzz:  I take viactiv and they are 500 per chew. How many I take depends on how much calcium I consume in my diet for the day. I usually take 2 to be on the safe side, your body won’t absorb much more than 1,000 anyway but I have read not to consume more than 2,500 in a day so sometimes I only take 1. 

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