Post # 1
We’re on our fourth month TTC and I’ve been taking a hippie dippie HORSE pill (seriously, I have almost choked on it several times) pre-natal vitamin that I got at the natural foods store. It’s pretty expensive (I thought) but it looked good since it’s food based and also has ginger and spirulina and stuff. Ok, so anyways, I went through the entire bottle and bought a new one and as I was peeling the label off (in case any Nosey McSnoopertons are over at our house and peeping our medicine cabinet) I noticed that you are supposed to take SIX vitamins PER DAY. What the F?!?! I have been taking ONE per day and still pee out a lot of the B vitamins. Now I’m a little worried that I haven’t been getting enough nutrients, especially folate. Is this normal, to take so many pills in one day??? Is that how your vitamin is or it is just this brand?
Post # 3
That is not my experience. I’ve been taking pre-natal vitamins for four-and-a-half years straight, and every brand I’ve ever taken has a dosage of just just one of those enormous pills.
Post # 4
@MrsAKSkier: Wow, that does seen excessive! I take these: http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Light-Prenatal-Multivitamin-Tablets/dp/B000EE8036. One tablet once daily and, at least for me, it’s easy to take and gentle on the stomach.
Post # 5
Most mulit-vitamins that I’ve seen are take-multiple-pills-per-day kinds. With my prenatal, I take six a day. With my husband’s mutli-vitamin, he takes four. I read that it’s best to take pills that are spread out in multiple doses so your body has more time to absorb the nutrients before it’s converted to waste. Because of this, I specifically looked for one with mutliple doses, though I figured since I was taking six of them, they would be like, Advil-sized! Boy was I surprised when I opened that first bottle!
Also, try taking your pills with something thicker than water. With water, I can take MAYBE two pills at a time, if I’m lucky, (I have also almost choked on the d*** things!). When I take them with Kefir, (thick, yogurt-like drink found with the Soy/Almond/Organic milks), I can toss back three and my B-vitamin all at the same time with no problem.
Post # 6
@bananasareyellow: I take the same brand pill, but not the “Prenatal One” line. I take these.
Post # 7
@Miss Apricot: +1
i am not TTC, but I do take vitamins and supplements. my FMIL is very into it and she got me hooked haha I take a women’s multivitamin which has 4 pills/day, spirulena 6 pills/day, and a couple other supplements when i feel the need for them.
but anyway, I shy away from single-dose vitamins because your body can’t absorb that high dose all at once. Many of the high-end, natural supplements have you take many pills per day to spread out your body’s absorbtion of the minerals. You get more bang for your buck, you actually can absorb the full amount rather than having your body discard the “extra” as in single dose pills.
Post # 8
@MrsAKSkier: Could you post the individual units of each vitamin in your pre-natals? It’ll give us a better impression. So long as you’re getting 400mcg of Folate & about 15mg of iron you don’t need to worry about the rest of the stuff.
I only started prenatals after my BFP, until then, I took 1mg of folate & 30mg iron (since I have a tendancy to get anemic). I’d suggest you consider this if you find these funky pills too demanding or expensive.
BTW, since I ran out of my expensive prenatals a month ago I take a regular “Centrum For Women” and supplement with iron and folate in the evening. It has more calcium than most prenatals on the market and the only reason I add the iron is because of my anemic tendancies… It would be totally fine not to supplement.
Post # 9
It depends on the brand. Some are multi doses and some are just one pill. Usually if it’s just one pill, they will advertise that on the bottle since it’s part of the appeal to purchase that brand.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
I take Thorne Basic Prenatal and it’s three gel-caps (not horse pills) a day. Taking one of 6 would mean you’re getting 1/6 the vitamins in a full dose, yes.
Post # 11
Thanks, ladies. I definitely get what you are saying about spacing out the doses for absorption purposes. Even taking one a day I feel like I have pretty expensive pee!
@MrsRugbee: I already threw the label away, but yep, I have only been getting 1/6 of 1,000 mg of folic acid! My husband pointed out that I have a healthy diet and I consume a lot of calories everyday so it’s probably fine, plus some days I would just take a regular folic acid (400 mg) and a regular D vitamin so on those days I basically got enough. I was doing that to not go through the expensive ones so fast, so I think I’ll continue with one or two horse pills every other day and one or two folic acids daily to make sure I get enough.
Post # 12
@MrsAKSkier: are you opposed to unnatural ? I take vitafusion prenatal gummies. Twice a day. Obgyn approved. Also, they sell “prenatal petites” I’m not sure which brand though !
Post # 13
I buy mine either at Target or CVS and only take one pill a day.
Post # 14
@MrsAKSkier: I take chewy pre natals and it’s two a day. Plus they taste good
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site
I always only took one, but I was on regular stuff, not like, health food store stuff.
I took it for two months and it made me horribly constipated so I stopped, lol.
Post # 16
@MrsAKSkier: …that seems excessive! I’m not sure how dedicated you are to the natural food vitamins. But my doctor just suggested to have a prenatal with DHA in it. My local grocery store (Marsh) gives them out for free! And you only have to take one a day, and they aren’t exactly huge…. maybe explore a different prenatal?