(Closed) Pre-natal vitamins

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I actually have been taking Flintstone Vitamins but you have to make sure you take 2 a day. These have worked out perfectly. I know a few other bees take these vitamins too.

 

ETA: This was approved by my OB and their nurses.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

you want both vitamins and folic acid (which I don’t think flintstones has).  you could always call your ob office and ask them to recommend something – or call in a prescription ahead of your appointment! I only took prescription myself (cheaper for me than otc)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Janna – Actually it does have folic acid. It was the first thing that they looked at. Also, this is why you end up taking 2 a day instead of one.  Like other vitamins I  have seen OTC you may have to add more folic acid to your diet.

Check with your OB. Other bees and myself take the Flinstones vitamins because it isn’t as harsh for us. They aren’t horse pills and our bodies handle it better.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

GNC makes a nice prenatal vitamin with iron and folic acid. I took it for 8 months before TTC’ing and it never upset my stomach.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

To add to snmcdowell’s note, you may need to try multiple prenatals to find the “right” one that you and your body prefers. Since everyone’s body is different, one vitamin does not work for everyone.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@roddybride, – thanks! I had no idea.  I never had a problem with my prescription pre natals, but I know many people do.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Janna – No problemo. The first prenatals I took were the One a Day pre-natals and they didn’t work for me.

 

Oh, another good vitamin to take especially when you are pregnant is one with DHA, like Expecta Lipil Softgels. I take them and for me they are easy to swallow and I get the proper amount of DHA. Some prenatals have them in there while others do not.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

my favorite ones were from Trader Joes.  Im now taking the GNC Prenatal Formula with Iron.  They are both great, but I prefer the Trader Joes ones.  They both make me pretty nauseous if I take them on an empty stomach though…definitely eat something with them

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My nurse always told me that if you KNOW you`re TTC, you should be taking your prenatals for up to a YEAR before the TTC commencement date.

If the high iron in the vitamins are making you naseaus, try drinking a lot of orange juice before or with the vitamins, apparently vit C helps with iron absorption.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Im a punk and I hate pills so my OB and my midwives approved the use of flinstones. I would however like to find just the DHA soft pills but since I cant I try to eat kids yogurt ect with DHA in it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@The.mrs.2010 – Did you try the Expecta DHA pills? They are softgels and very easy to swallow.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I believe being on BC depletes your folic acid, so definitely start taking a pre-natal right away. I took one I got at the natural food store – Sisu Multi Plus Expecting (I think). I started taking it six months before TTC. Anything that has at least 1mg of folic acid is good, though.

I had a miscarriage at 10 weeks and then my OB put me on a prescription one called PregVit Folic 5 which is super high in folic acid (on the chance that my miscarriage was due to neural tube defects). There is also a regular PregVit that has less folic acid, which she switched me to after the first trimester in this pregnancy. The nice thing about PregVit is that they have different nutrients in the morning and evening pill (separating iron and calcium, for example, which interfere with each other) for optimal absorption. Also, can upset your stomach less, I understand. My OB said ideally you should be on prenatals for at least 3 months before conceiving.

I’ve never had stomach upset from any of the vitamins I’ve taken, but I have an iron stomach anyway, so that means nothing. 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m taking Rainbow Light (they are available at Target and amazon.com among other places).  It was important to me to find vegetarian prenatals which is surprisingly hard to do.  I’ve only been on them for a few days, but no upset stomach so far.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am getting married in July and we are going to TTC right away. I have been on the pill for a very long time, and I will take the last pill the day after my wedding. Anyway, I called my gyn and asked them to call in a prescription for prenatal vitamins, and they told me that there’s no need to take them until I get pregnant. I was really surprised. I am currently just taking One-a-day essential (has 400 folic acid in them) with an extra 400 of folic acid. Do you think that’s enough?

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