Best prenatal vitamins? What do you use/ recommend?

posted 7 months ago in TTC
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

kaitm :  Premama Wellness. They’re a bit pricey, but they’re one of the few vitamins that I’ve taken that I’ve physically seen a difference in myself. Namely my nails, which tend to be thin and pathetic. On these vitamins, they grow quickly and stronger. Plus they use folate instead of folic acid, which is one of the big reasons why I switched to them from Rainbow Light. I also take 5000iu of Vitamin D along with it, but I live in an area where everyone is deficient because we don’t get much sun. It helps with absorbtion of other vitamins. 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

ladyvk :  I also just started taking the First Response gummies and I like them so far. They have a mild taste so they taste a little off. However, they have more folic acid and other vitamins than other gummies so I’ll probably stick with them. 

Before that, I was just taking the Target prenatal gummies. 

I cant swallow pills easily so I take gummies. Honestly, I feel like the contents of the traditional pill versions usually have better ingredients so I would recommend taking those if you can. Prenatals can be costly too. I try to stick to less than $5/month. I think the First Response was like $12 or $14 for a 3 months supply.

I’ve been on prenatals since December and we will probably start trying the end of the summer. How I see it is that I should be on a multivitamin anyway so might as well help out if we get pregnant a little early 🙂 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

I was on a prescription one called OB Complete. Now that i’m breastfeeding I switched to a Garden of Life prenatal which derives the vitamins from fruits and vegetables but does not contain DHA which I take separately (same brand). 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i could never stomach a lot of the prenatals, as they would upset my stomach, my OB ended up recommending flinestone gummies, as they pretty much have the same vitamin intake as a prenatal. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

kaitm : My husband and I are planning to start trying in a few months so I’ve been taking GNC genric Prenatals without Iron because iron can cause constipation and stomach aches. Once I actually get pregnant I’ll start taking the ones with iron. I also take CoQ10 and omega 3s

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Pink Stork.

Post # 22
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Newbee

Pink Stork with DHA

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

I take Rainbow Light.  I like that they include digestive enzymes which have helped prevent the heartburn that I got on other prenatal vitamins.  I tried to swith it up  for fun once and take the Olly gummies, but I don’t think they were giving me enough nutrients because I started getting massive headaches after a week.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have been taking Ritual Essential Prenatal and I honestly love them! It’s two capsules that aren’t huge and they are lemon flavored which makes them go down easy, and they are encapsulated in a way to prevent nausea.

They contain most importantly folate, Iron, Vitamin D, and Omega 3 DHA, plus a few other vitamins and minerals. They are a little pricy but honestly, I like them more than any other vitamin I’ve taken. Plus they automatically get mailed to my house every month, which is convenient.

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper

kaitm :  I’ve taken the Nature Made prenatals w/ DHA (on sale from Costco) since my first pregnancy. However before I got pregnant the first time they made me crazy sick so my doctor said to just get a good regular multi-vitamin with folic acid so that’s what I did. After getting pregnant I can tolerate them just fine now. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I really don’t think you can go wrong, just make sure they contain DHA or that you supplement with it. I take Puritan’s Pride now, but back when my ex and I were TTC, my doctor prescribed me a prenatal + DHA. It was $2/month with my insurance.

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I love the Premama Wellness prenatals.  They have folate instead of folic acid which is easier to process, especially for the ones of us with the MTFHR gene variation (we cannot process folic acid).  Also, they taste like peppermint and have peppermint oil inside which helps settle my stomach.  The ones I tried before these made me burp fish but these do not and actually help with my nausea.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I just use materna. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

I took the Rainbow Light Mom and Baby 35+ both preconception and during pregnancy. I also supplemented with Rainbow Light Vit D gummies and NatureMade calcium gummies in the morning, and Slow Fe iron (I trend toward anemia)  and Rainbow Light DHA at night. 

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