Post # 1
I’ve been taking over the counter One A Day with DHA prenatal vitamins and also tried samples given from my OBGYN…Citrananal Harmony with stool softner to help with bloating. Im confused, which are better. Does anyone recommend a specific brand?
Post # 3
I have trouble swallowing the large pills, so I wanted something chewable, my doctor gave me a prescription for PreNatal 19 which has everything you (probably unless you have low values) need in one chewable. It’s orange flavored and really not bad, plus only $1.30 a month!
Post # 4
@SamanthaLovesJames: My doctor recommended the One a Day with the DHA supplement too, so I’ve been taking those! They are on the pricey end but really I don’t care at this point, since I feel like i’m doing something good for baby. 🙂
Post # 5
I personally like the Rainbow Light prenatal and DHA. They are food based and my OB thinks they are good.
Post # 6
I highly recommend New Chapter Perfect Prenatal.
- Food-based vitamin.
- No dyes.
- No unfermented soy.
- No synthetic vitamins.
- Vitamin A is 100% from beta-carotene.
- Daily dose is split into 3 pills for better absorption and to be easier on the stomach.
- Contains probiotics for easy digestion.
- Not “horse-pill” sized, easy to swallow. (About the size of a Tylenol caplet.)
I also take Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA.
- Recommended by the American Pregnancy Association.
- 450 mg of DHA
- Comes from small fish (anchovies and sardines), which don’t store mercury like large carnivorous fish do. And they are more sustainable.
- Goes through molecular distillation to remove any heavy metals.
- Not “horse-pill” sized, easy to swallow. (Also about the size of a Tylenol caplet.)
And 4000 IU Vitamin D.
Per an article from WebMD, women who took 4000 IU of Vitamin D were:
- Half as likely to develop gestational diabetes.
- Half as likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia.
- Less likely to give birth prematurely.
- Less likely for both mother and baby to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.
There has also been some speculation linking Vitamin D deficiency and autism. Though the cause of autism is still unknown, I find this an interesting theory. A few articles on the subject:
Note: Make sure you get Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is lower quality and not as readily used by the body.
Post # 7
I take the same as abbyful. New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. They are more expensive, but IMHO 100% worth it. I also take Nordic Naturals. They are also expensive, but worth it! I was taking WholeMega (salmon oil) by New Chapter 1st trimester but it made me burp nasty fish burps. NN is awesome!
PS Vitamin D intake in early pregnancy is also linked to a mother being less likely to develop MS later in life. You can research it if you want to!
Post # 8
Personal preference I would say… I was on Nature Made with DHA, but switched to the Target brand later because it was cheaper. (They are a cheaper alternative to your One a Day brand) I did like the Nature Made though because it was one pill vs. two. But I do not have an issue with swallowing pills so it wasn’t that big of a deal. Plus the DHA pills from Target have a coconut smell to them and I like it…. I am weird haha… they have everything you need in them and they did not make me sick. Not saying they are the “best” pills but they worked for me.
Post # 9
@cbee – I didn’t know about the reduced MS risk, that’s awesome!
Post # 10
Ok, I’m going to be the difficult one here… my dr said they are all essentially the same and to just pick one and go for it. I did (cheap target brand) and started getting sick feelings, we adjusted the time I take it (to right before bed) and still felt sick. So dr said to switch to any chewable brand, but she most recommends the flinstone’s lol. So I did and felt fine since. We check my numbers every month when I’m in and everything is fine.
Post # 11
@abbyful: Oh yes, I take Vitamin D too, doctor suggested.
Post # 12
@MrsDW: I second what MrsDW said–I went out of my way to ask the pharmacist at CVS which one I should use, and she said it didn’t matter as long as it said “prenatal.” Her response actually made me feel kind of dumb for asking, like I should have known they were all the same.
Post # 13
@hippomama & @MrsDW – I wouldn’t say they are all the same. Most OTC ones, yes. But if someone is looking to avoid synthetic vitamins (beta-carotene instead of synthetic Vitamin A, folate instead folic acid, etc), or to avoid unnecessary preservatives & dyes, then there is a difference.
There’s also different amounts of some vitamins in certain prenatals, the one that comes to mind off the top of my head is Vitamin D. Nature Made, One-A-Day, and Centrum have 400 IU; Rainbow Light has 800 IU, New Chapter has 1000 IU. Also folate / folic acid amounts are different in different vitamins, they all meet the minimum (400 mcg), but in prenatals it tends to range from 600-1000 mcg. And the gummy prenatals don’t contain any iron. Yes, you can supplement extra, but you should know what you’re getting first off too.
Also, some prenatals have DHA in the pill, some it comes packaged with 2 bottles (1 vitamins and 1 DHA) in the box, and some you have to get a seperate DHA supplement.
Post # 14
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Unless you have special dietary/health concerns, they are all pretty much the same.
Post # 15
I take everything Abbyful recommends! 🙂
Post # 16
@hippomama: same here! I asked and googled and asked on here and was told they are the same. As long as you read the ingredient amounts you’re fine 🙂 A
@abbyful: the original poster didn’t say she was looking to avoid certain things. So in that aspect, yes all OTC ones are the same and she could just choose one. As long as you know what the minimum amount needed for each item in the prenatal is… and read the supplement facts you’re fine. My dr highly recommended the chewables for me (Yes with low or no iron… but i get plenty in my diet). So that’s what I’m on & haven’t felt better. Dr knows best for me and I’m listening to her. 🙂
@SamanthaLovesJames: The ones you’re taking are probably fine. I’m suggesting you ask your dr at your next appointment. Everyone has their own opinions on what to take, and it gets confusing. If your dr wants you to take something specific they will tell you, or else it will be “pick any they are all the same”.