(Closed) Vitamins / supplements during pregnancy

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My OBGYN wrote me a prescription for “Vitafol-OB+DHA”.  It is a pack of 2 pills that you take every day.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My OB gave me the option of a prescription, but she said it’s not necessary and cheaper to just buy from the drug store.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I LOVE the Trader Joes Prenatals and the GNC Prenatals.  My OB wrote me and Rx for some when I got pregnant(I forgot what they were called, but I can check) and they made me so violently ill he told me just to stick with what worked.  MIm 31 weeks today, and Ive been taking the GNC since day 1.  I took teh TJs brand before I was pregnant.  My GNC ones have 1000mcg of folic acid in the 2 daily tablets.  I think you are fine taking 800 plus eating a lot of leafy green vegetables, but if you want the 100, try a different brand.

Id be a little concerned that you have to take 3 tablets to get the nutrients that most vitamins can get you in 1 or 2 tablets, so Id maybe research a different brand. 

Another test I read about was to take one of your vitamins and drop it in a glass of water.  Wait…I think it was an hour, but Ill check, and look at the status of teh vitamin,  If its in a pile and can be swirled easily with no large chunk left-its good, bc there are minimal “fillers.”  Some cheaper brands (and Im not high end here with GNC, so they must have meant SUPER cheap) dont dissolve as well, so you arent actually getting all of the nutrients within the vitamin

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I take an over the counter Target brand, and my doctor told me that it was perfectly fine. I also only take one per day.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I took a folic acid supplement, prenatal vitamins, fish oil, and some iron because I got a little iron deficient in my pregnancy.

Oh, and if you do take prenatal vitamins, some advise 2 a day. NEVER TAKE THEM TOGETHER. They make you violently ill. The first day I started taking them after my first checkup, I puked in the front yard of Olive Garden because I’d taken 2 prenatal vitamins earlier that day. One a time, always with food!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Does anyone else’s prenatal vitamins say that you need to consult a doctor before taking them if you are pregnant or breat feeding?

I thought you weren’t supposed to take pre-natals when you were pregnant but needed them in your system before you got pregnant.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@roxy821: Mine dont say that (GNC Brand) but you absolutely ARE supposed to take them while pregnant.  Its very important that you do

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@abbyful- My doctor told me that I should take them for a year before TTC but because of that disclaimer I always thought that you couldn’t take them while pregnant. And as you mentioned the crucial development is in the first couple of weeks so I didn’t know if taking them after would matter.

@KellyV- Thanks. I learn something new every day 🙂

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KellyV: It’s actually better if you have vitamins that you take several times a day. When you take a one-a-day vitamin, your body can’t absorb that massive influx if nutrients all at once.

I take Solgar Prenatal, Fish oil ( 4 pills–2-3 grams of the active DHA/EPA–look at the back for the exact amount) and vitD–5000IU. My friends RE told her that a study found that woman undergoing ART who took 5000IU had an increased chance of success and less chance of miscarriage.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@KoiKove: I guess thatdoes make sense, never thought of it that way.  Mine are two a day reardless, but good point =o)

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My doc prescribed a low-iron prenatal vitamin and suggested I take an additional magnesium supplement.  A few weeks ago, we added the iron back in because my bloodwork was coming back as slightly anemic.

The magnesium has helped so much with my migraines and also with relieving constipation (sorry- TMI)Sealed

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