Post # 1
So yesterday was my pre-conception appt and annual exam. WAHOO! We’ve been given the green light to begin prenatal vitamins for our TTC journey this October. My dr. gave me loads of prenatal samples and I’m a bit confused about them.
So explicitly say no fish oils, some say fish oil, and one even says gentle laxitive which I’m assuming has to do with the increased iron in these?
Anyway, what are the pros and cons to these? I’ve decided to take them with supper and before bed to prevent any sickness from taking them.
I know I can google this but figured I’d come to the trusty Hive first :o)
Post # 3
Hmmm. Ok so from experience, I think you’ll have to start taking them to see what works best with your body. Prenatals are notorously hard on your stomach (and digestive system). I got samples from my OB as well, and they made me so sick I couldnt take them. I had been taking OTC prenatals for over a year at that point (Trader Joes or the GNC Brand) and my doctor said those were 100% fine to continue taking. I think the ones he let me try were called CitraNatal Harmony, and I hated them. The OTC ones I take with a meal and am totally fine-no nausea
You are correct that the ones with a mild laxative are to counteract the iron. Prenatals can make you very constipated. The ones with fish oil versus the ones without are just to tell you whether or not you should take a separate fish oil supplement or not.
Start trying them to see what works with your body. Like I said, my favorites were the Trader Joes Brand, followed by the GNC ones. Never had any issues with them like I did with the Rx ones. I didnt take a fish oil supplement for most of my pregnancy, but my doctor told me it wasnt necessary.
Good luck and congrats!
Post # 4
@nskillet: I actually found the best prenatal for me on the ‘Hive! I’m taking Rainbow brand prenatal, and a (Target brand) DHA supplement. I read somewhere on here that the Rainbow brand prenatal was both vegetarian and easy on the stomach and I’ve had no problems taking them, even with a small meal. (Most multi-vitamins make me violently ill within minutes, meal or no meal)
My OB approved both for me as well 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve also been taking the Rainbow for over 3 months with no problems, I got them from Amazon for a reasonable price. 🙂
Post # 6
yeah, i would say a lot of it is trial and error. most OBs these days are recommending you take fish oil supplements (specifically DHA) because it helps with brain and eye development, particularly in the first and second trimester. a laxative could help because constipation is very common with pregnant women, and the iron and calcium in vitamins can just make it worse.
i started taking an OTC gummy prenatal at first, which tasted yummy, but after a few weeks started to upset my stomach, and once morning sickness set in they were GROSS and i could not stomach them.
later on, my ob gave me a few samples too, but i found the biggest drawback was that they did not have generic versions and were EXPENSIVE….like $50-60 per month! i wasn’t willing to pay that, so i started taking the target brand prenatal and target brand DHA. neither have ever upset my stomach and they are very affordable. plus, the nurses said that for the most part, the OTC prenatals are pretty much the same as the prescription ones.
Post # 7
So you were right. UGH! The samples provided by the doctor made me feel HORRIBLE. I popped on amazon and saw the Rainbow brand and would really love to try this as I’ve been attempting to eat more vegetarian. However, which ones did ya’ll take?? I see the complete and the light. One of which calls for 6 pills daily!
Anymore glowing advice from my favorite Moms?
Post # 8
We’re going to start TTC soon too.
I asked my OB/GYN what I needed to be doing, she told me:
- prenatal vitamin
- fish oil
- plenty of meat/protein
I chose New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. I wanted to make sure I got something with no dyes or unfermented soy products.
For fish oil, I’ve been taking Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA and also krill oil.
Post # 9
I take CitraNatal Assure and it doesn’t bother me at all. But I have to supplement the calcium, since it doesn’t contain the recommended amount.
I would say you should take whatever agrees with your stomach and your wallet, even if it’s OTC. Just make sure it has the recommended amounts of everything.
Post # 10
I posted about this a little while ago. You can read it here. My OB told me that OTC’s were just fine. I am currently taking the Target brand Prenatals. I take them with my lunch, so I don’t get sick at all.
Post # 11
I’m taking CVS brand right now b/c I found them buy 1 get 1 free. (They’re very comparable to the 1-a-day brand prenatals.) I got a 4-month supply for super cheap! The only think I don’t like about them is that the fish oil caplet is a weird size/shape that tends to get stuck in my throat going down, which can really hurt!