Prenatal Vitamins

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Which brand of prenatal vitamin do you take?
    Vitafusion Prenatal DHA and Folic Acid Gummy Vitamins : (12 votes)
    18 %
    Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin : (11 votes)
    16 %
    Nature Made Prenatal Multi Vitamin : (15 votes)
    22 %
    One A Day Women's Prenatal Vitamins : (8 votes)
    12 %
    New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Spring Valley Prenatal Multivitamin : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Nordic Naturals - Prenatal DHA - Unflavored : (0 votes)
    Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multivitamin : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Other (Please post it below) : (12 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 2
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    7075 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have a prescription from my doctor that includes a stool softener. Otherwise the iron is way too much for my stomach to handle, lol. It’s only $10/month though so it’s probably cheaper than some prenatals.

    Post # 3
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    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I take New Chapter. Love them. Some people don’t like remembering to take 3 pills, but it is supposed to be easier on the stomach. They are organic, so that was a plus for me. I purchased all mine through drugstore.com or amazon.com since I regularily put orders in, but I know you can find them at health food stores. They had more foltate acid in them than most other prenatals, which can help prevent birth defects.

    I am going off the prenatals now and moving to just a multivitamin, and New Chapter offers those, so I am sticking with them.

    Post # 4
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    5542 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I take nature made withe dha. Big pill but just once a day and no fishy taste. And from what I understand has pretty good levels on the suggestions for prenatals. 

    Post # 5
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    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    juliette.eliza:  My dr. and several other sources said to make sure to get one that contains DHA.

    Post # 6
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    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    I think I take Spring Valley Prentals with DHA & Folic Acid, they are Gummy. I like them because they don’t have iron which makes me constipated. My Dr said I don’t have an iron deficiency so no need to add extra iron if I don’t need it at this point (almost 3rd trimester) if I have to add a supplement later fine but I was taking another brand and it had way too much iron and caused severe constipation and other issues.

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    Post # 7
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    2251 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    juliette.eliza:  

    My big priorities were

     

    1) folic acid

     

    2) minimal or no vitamin A (very common to find high levels in OTC prenatals)

     

    http://www.babymed.com/medications/are-there-any-vitamins-i-should-not-take-during-pregnancy

     

    3) Iodine/iodide

     

    http://www.m.webmd.com/baby/news/20140526/iodine-deficiency-common-in-pregnancy-pediatricians-warn

     

    4) 300mg DHA (From a plant source not a fish source, I do eat meat but find the fish oil gross-tasting. It’s hard to find the right dose also)

     

    http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/omega3fishoil.html

     

    I started out taking Citranatal Assure combo pack ($15 out of pocket with my insurance, also had a coupon from the manufacturers website which made it $10!) but then my pharmacy had trouble finding it so I’ve tried two generics with the same exact amounts of everything as citranatal-

     

    NatalVirt Combo Pack: $8 out of pocket for me with insurance. DHA from fish oil with very fishy taste. Vitamin tablet also had odd aftertaste.

     

    Prenaissance Promise (who makes up these names?) $9 out of pocket for me with insurance. It’s a winner. Plant based DHA and doesn’t taste weird!

     

    Here’s the label that shows what’s in it: http://docs.missionpharmacal.com/assets/package_inserts/CitranatalFamily.pdf

     

    From what I can tell, the prescription prenatal are quite expensive without insurance so I’m sure it’s different for everyone. This works for me as I was spending at least $20/month on vitamins+DHA and still not getting everything I wanted in it.

    Post # 7
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    2251 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I do the generic of Citranatal Assure, and it’s called Prenaissance Promise. It has 1000mg of folic acid, as well as iodine which has recently been shown to be important in brain development. It also has a separate pill that’s 300mg DHA supplement that’s plant based and not fishy tasting at all!

    (I also tried the generic for Citranatal Assure called Natalvirt and it had very fishy tasting DHA..yuck!)

    Post # 8
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    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I just take the Walgreens brand. My doctor said his wife took walmart generic for all her kids “and they only run into walls sometimes,” haha. He said that as long as it had folic acid and not too much fish oil (apparently some kinds are bad for pregnancy) it’d be fine. It had all the same vitamins and it’s only one pill. I haven’t had any digestive troubles with it. 

    Post # 9
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    2197 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m a New Chapter Perfect Prenatal fan. Like megz06 said, they are an organic whole food product. Very easy on your stomach. Yes, it’s 3 pills, but you can take them at any time (all together or separately – your choice). I chose them because they have folate and not folic acid. As well as their Vitamin A is from 100% beta carotene. 

    Post # 11
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My prenatal doesn’t have DHA…do you think this is a problem?

    Post # 12
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    2197 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    FrenchNewlyWed:  I recently just added on a DHA supplement from Nordic Naturals. 

    Post # 13
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Mine is called Solgar, and it has almost everything it should…but not DHA. It costs about 30 euros for 3 months, I don’t know if that is a good price. If I add Dha, it will be even more…

    Post # 15
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    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

    I have a prescription for prenatal vitamins and dha. I get them filled at walgreens so they give me their “Well” brand. It’s a 2 month supply that was costing me $25…until one nice worker realized they didn’t have my correct insurance on file. Super pissed. But it should definitely be less than $10 this next time.

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