(Closed) Prenatal pills which are you taking?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 31
2165 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m going to mention here while gummies are a good option for people who have a hard time swallowing pills, if you can take pills with no issues, it’s in your best interest to take them in pill form. Gummies take longer for your body to break down and you actual lose some of the nutritional value from them because of it. 

Post # 32
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I use the Target gummy prenatals since I can’t swallow large pills.  I also take prescription folic acid, which is dirt cheap from the pharmacy and really the only thing you NEED to take when TTC.

Post # 33
79 posts
Worker bee

I don’t take any prenatals, but I do take the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Woman Raw Vitamins and I love them. They work very well for me. What I like about them is that they’re capsules, so the content inside (its a powder) can be mixed in with water or a smoothie. I also love the nutritional value in them, the health content and the organic ingredients.

The same is for the Garden of Life Vitamin Code Prenatal vitamins. They’re capsules too. So for those who have trouble with pills, these capsules could help.

Post # 34
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I got a “goodie bag” at my first OB visit, and the doctor gave me a bunch of boxes of the Expecta prenatal vitamins by Enfamil. There are 2 pills, the vitamin and the DHA capsule. They can be tough to take, especially when dealing with morning sickness, and I made the mistake once of not taking it with a full meal and it came right back up. I’m happy with them overall, though.

Post # 35
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - Anchor Inn, MD

I second the Vitafusion gummies. I have no issues with taking pills, but I’ve found (personally) that vitamins in gummy form don’t upset my stomach like pill-form vitamins do. These are also pretty delicious 🙂

Post # 36
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I take 1-2 Rainbow Light Prenatal Petite per day. They are easy to swallow but the smell and taste isn’t so great, as with most pills.

Post # 37
429 posts
Helper bee

Commenting to follow …

Post # 38
2403 posts
Buzzing bee

Question 1: Some women seem to be taking a multi-vitamin instead of a pre-natal vitamin. What’s the main difference; why would you pick one over the other?

Question 2: Some women seem to be taking extra supplements based on their individual needs (iron or calcium deficient, for example). How did you know that you needed to supplement these things? Did you get blood work done, or do you just know that these are good for you and “why not”? 

Question 3: What’s the benefit of a DHA supplement on top of either a multi-vitamin or a pre-natal vitamin? I’ve never heard of this (googling now). 

Question 4: I’ve seen a lot of women mention that certain pills made them constipated or gave them diarrhea. Too Much Information here, but I struggle with getting enough fiber in my diet currently, and can sometimes go days without “going.” I don’t want to take something that will upset my stomach and give me diarrhea, but is anyone out there taking fiber supplements or a vitamin with extra fiber? How might that interact with the multi-vits or pre-natals? 

Sorry for all the questions – I’m new to this research and excited to learn as much as possible!

Post # 39
4885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The Up and Up gummies, usually. I do have the One A Day ones, but have to make sure I eat before taking them, otherwise I feel sick.

Post # 40
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Nature Made Prenatal with DHA. The size was a little offputting, but they don’t make nauseous, so I’m happy.

Soon2bmrs1: From what I’ve seen so far, pre-natal vitamins are multi-vitamins intended for pregnant women or those TTC. I used to take a daily multi-vitamin anyway, so it wasn’t a stretch to switch to a pre-natal one. My Dr. told to take something with minimum of 800mg of folic acid, that was her only concern. I do have an iron deficiency (which I know from blood work), so I made sure to pick one that had iron in it. DHA is Omega 3 and helps baby’s brain development. Since I have a complicated relationship with fish, I figured that I could use some of that, too. My problem with vitamins is that a lot of them want to come up, not with things not wanting to come out, so I can’t tell you anything useful on your last question.

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