Post # 1
Hey bees! DH and I said last year that we were going to wait to TTC until his 29th bday (coming up beginning of October). I’ve been doing some research and have talked to my doctor, and he wants me to start taking a prenatal this month. My question is what prenatal are you taking and if you have any feedback or advice about what brands to avoid or go with 🙂 Any info would be much appreciated, there is jsut so much info out there!!
Post # 2
I’ve been taking the nature made prenatals with DHA. They had everything my OB recommended in the correct amounts. I have a really sensitive stomach and heard that prenatals bother some people’s stomach, but I’ve been taking these for well over a year (before TTC, TTC, and now I’m 7 months pregnant) and have had no issues with them. They have a nice coating on them (like a nyquil) to make them more palatable to swallow each day, plus you can get large jars of them at Costco.
My OB didn’t really have too much of a preference as long as I was taking prenatals. You might look into your insurance. You might be able to get prescription ones for cheaper. Prescription ones would have be like 4X the cost of over the counter for me (and they are pretty much the same), so that is why I choose otc.
Post # 3
mrsbel91 : I went natural and drank green smoothies every day to get the nutrients that are necessary. Admittedly I was mildly nervous until I saw that beautiful little complete spine on an ultrasound, but the OB and midwives were never concerned that I’d screw it up. So far the only “problem” I’ve had is being low on iron (but not specifically anemic) and that was after I stopped drinking the smoothies, so I kind of started back up again.
There’s been a little, not quite conclusive, research coming out lately that excessive prenatals could increase the risk of Autism. I’m an older mom anyway and I work with Autistic children on the regular, so anything that could reduce my risk was important to me. Also I don’t believe taking vitamins is truly beneficial to anyone when compared to eating healthy foods; I think they screw up our system and have been told (in college but never bothered to research myself) that manmade vitamins reduce our ability to absorb the natural ones. Consider that a vitamin has to say it has “folic acid” not “folate”. There is a reason for that and the reason is they aren’t the same thing, even if one does convert to the other. Yeah, so that’s my little bit of crazy… naturally pulverized food it is!
Post # 4
I use Rainbow Light Prenatal One. I like that it is food based and is also a probiotic. I also take a separate fish oil supplement that has DHA.
Post # 5
Smartypants brand has folate (instead of folic acid) and also DHA. I take a prescription vitamin since I can’t absorb folic acid, only folate. You can just buy Smartypants at the grocery store, though. It’s a gummy and gummies don’t contain, iron, though, so if you’re low on iron you should take that in addition.
Post # 6
I also use Nature Made prenatals. They don’t bother my stomach 🙂
Post # 7
skunktastic : I work with ASD population too… so this is SUPER interesting to me! Totally going to look into this.. I have been taking DHA and folic acid.. and actually doing Shakeology (half-3/4 scoop) my gyn said it was totally fine.. blend it with fruit and other stuff in the morning! Waiting till my OB appt.. (new doc) to see what they say.. i read some of the pre-natals and there do seem to have high levels of a lot of things.
Post # 8
Rainbow Light for the win. No constipation or stomach upset.
Post # 9
I’ve been using Citrinatal Harmony prescribed by my OB for many months and I love them. No issues whatsoever.
Post # 10
I started with Rainbow Lite – I liked them until I actually got pregnant and threw up everytime I took a pill – so I ended up with some gummies instead.
Post # 11
I used Rainbow Light as well (I did the minis). The gummys made me feel sick but these worked well.
Post # 12
lovechocolate : The only way I could stomach my prenatals while pregnant was with chocolate milk. I think the thickness helped disguise the taste/size.
Post # 13
Dani1105 : The ultimate result, if I remember rightly, was that they needed to do further studies to determine causation vs correlation. However I think there was something like a 20% greater chance of autism with prenatals – I mean basically you’re taking 100% or more of what you actually need in a day, then eating real food on top of that – it’s a lot of excess and apparently you might not pee out the remainder. They were thinking that some women just don’t process folic acid/folate correctly, thus causing the problem. On the other hand, I saw another one that claims fever in pregnant moms can also increase risk. So like all things tied to autism, they clearly don’t know anything for sure. I think the first study was via Johns Hopkins if you’re looking for it.
Post # 14
I take Mother’s Select (with the subscription via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Prenatal-Postnatal-Multivitamin-DHA-MethlyFolate/dp/B00IOU0DJ6)
They have folate (not folic acid) and they also include DHA and iron. I did notice a bit of constipation at first probably due to the iron, but that has gone away. I take them before bed to reduce any discomfort or upset stomach. They do have a fishy smell, but so far so good. I was taking Smarty Pants before but 6 gummies a day was too much and they didn’t have iron.
Post # 15
I’m taking the Rainbow Light Mini Pills, and only taking 2 out of the 3 for a daily dose. I looked for ones that had actually been lab tested to verify what they contain (most are mislabeled, often by quite a lot) and then figure out which was closest to the actual amounts I need a day. It’s my own little quirk on vitamins at work there because I’m concerned about the excess in most vitamins.
I normally get pretty queasy with medicines, especially ones with iron, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well I handle the Rainbow Light ones. They even taste pretty good since they have ginger in them.