(Closed) Vegetarian Pre Natals

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I currently take Buried Treasure Liquid Pre-natal Complete with DHA…it’s pretty good…better tasting than New Chapter, is a more complete vitamin than just a pre-natal (meaning you don’t have to take a lot of other supplements) and it’s veggie friendly…and I like it.  I’ve tried New Chapter before and it was VERY thick…plus it wasn’t as complete as buried treasure…

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’ve been taking Rainbow Light, but I’m not vegetarian…I’m gluten free.  My dr OK’d it when I brought in the bottle.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i never even thought about that!! wow, i hope you find something great, i’m not a veggie so i am no help!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m a vegetarian and I take Rainbow Light.  I don’t think there are vegetarian versions of DHA (I just looked up Buried Treasure and can’t find anything saying it is vegetarian).  I believe all DHA supplements are made from fish oil.  I do put flax seed on my yogurt which is a good source of Omega 3’s.  There is some research saying flax seed is not good for pregnancy though it seems like it is only a problem if you have it in excess.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i just found this, all it say’s is no fish, but it’s on the walkgreen’s website with all the other ingredients… i don’t know exactly what you can’t have, but i just crosses over it while looking for some for myself

Walgreens Pharmacist’s Support Prenatal Plus DHA Tablets & Softgels

http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Vitamins/Pharmacist's-Support-Prenatal-Plus-DHA/ID=prod3958966-product

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I did a little more research and it looks like you can get algae-derived DHA supplements.  Apparently, the reason DHA is in fish oil is because they eat the algae.  Unfortunately, the ones linked above have gelatin in the capsule, but it does look like vegetarian DHA supplements are available. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Rainbow Light and New Chapter are both great brands because they are trustworthy and whole foods based.  You can also get your essential fatty acids (DHA, EPA, EFA) from Udo’s Oil Blend, which is completely vegetarian.  It comes in liquid and pill form.  It does have flax in it – the reason flax is not “recommended” is because there are no levels set for it.  But many pregnant and nursing women have taken it with success since it is a great vegetarian way to incorporate more of the essential fatty acids into your diet – which are really good for both you and the baby! 

Good luck!  I think you are on the right track!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@EK: being uneducated in vegetarian/vegan diet, i was just wondering what is in gelatin that makes it a no-no?

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@brittanymichelle: Gelatin is an animal byproduct derived from the collagen inside animal’s skin and bones. It is what make Jell-O gell-y, for example.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

They do make synthetic gelatin…although I’m sure all of you know this.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

They do make synthetic gelatin, but as far as I know, there is no way to tell from an ingredient list whether or not the gelatin in a product is synthetic so I just avoid it altogether.  If there is some indicator that I’m missing, I’d love to know about it!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@EK…Buried Treasure Pre-natal is yeast, gluten, dairy and wheat free…it says it on the bottle and on most websites.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@ andreaandchinelo – I saw that.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t actually confirm that it is vegetarian.  Most DHA comes from fish oil and I couldn’t find anything on Buried Treasure saying whether their DHA is fish oil or algae based.  Being yeast, gluten, dairy, and wheat free does not preclude them from including fish oil. 

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