Post # 1
Ok, so we’re TTC this summer. I have narrowed down my choices for prenatal vitamins, which is great, but I am finding so many conflicting statements about prenatals.
For instance–they say that Vitamin A, unless all beta carotene, could produce birth defects. I’d say this isn’t exactly true as I’m sure many women take a vitamin with 5000IU of vitamin A in it and did ok.
That being said I can’t help but think the organic prenatals are going to be better on my stomach and baby.
The prenatals I am comparing:
Rainbow Light-100% vegan, nothing artificial. 50% beta carotene, 50 palmitate. Plus has a probiotic, which I love because I have some slight issues with my digestion
New Chapter Perfect Prenatal-3 times a day, so I would assume it would be easier to digest. All the vitamin A is beta carotene, so I wouldn’t have to worry about that wonky statistic I listed above.
Vitafusion Prenatal Gummies-Well, they are gummies! I have always had an easier time remembering gummies over pills if they taste good, and I hear these taste good. These seem like the least popular of the three that I have come across.
What’s your favorite out of the three and if you use any of them tell me about them please! (And set me straight on that pesky Vitamin A business)
Post # 3
I love New Chapter products. I also take their probiotics. I use a little pill box so that I don’t ever forget or miss a vitamin. I highly recommend them! Personally, after my research I think they are the “best.” They also have probiotics in them, and the beta c. for vitamin A is very important! (I get palmitate daily from dairy… ) I avoid any supplement with palmitate.
Post # 4
Thanks for the info on it! I liked the beta carotene and probiotics as well!
Hoping to hear more from the afternoon Bees on some of the other ones since they have more votes. Please 🙂
Post # 5
I actually alternate daily between the new chapter and vitafusion. I was a little concerned about the vitamin a source, and felt the vitafusion would be safer if I didn’t take it everyday (but I think I’m just being paranoid because so many people take them and they don’t have that much vit a that they would be unsafe). On balance, I loved the idea of the new chapter ones but feared I wouldn’t keep up with them daily if I get pregnant and have morning sickness. I’ve been alternating between them and I actually really like the new chapter ones – I have absolutely no side effects from them and they are easy to take. When I first opened the bottle they had that pill odor, but I keep them in the fridge and now it’s gone. They also have probiotics and since they are divided into 3 pills the iron is unnoticeable to my sensitive stomach. The vitafusion taste yummy and almost feel like treat days, ha. Also they have a small amount of dha, and no iron which I like. Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any questions since I take both!
Post # 6
I vote for anything that contains folate instead of folic acid (which is a synthetic form of folate). Personally I take Pure Encapsulations Prenatal Nutrients and have been very happy with them. I’m 31 weeks pregnant and have been taking them since about June. Prior to that I was taking drugstore prenatals and they made me nauseous. The Pure Encapsulations were recommended by my naturopath and I haven’t experieinced any nausea from them.
Anyhow, regarding folate vs. folic acid, here’s a good blog post on the difference: http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid
Post # 7
I started with the gummies but I didn’t feel like I was getting the most out of them since they didn’t contain iron. I have a very sensitive stomach when it comes to medication so I chose rainbow light based on what I’ve read on this site. I take the prenatals and the DHA supplement. I love them. I have more energy, my hair and nails are growing very rapidly and I know that I’m getting plenty of great nutrients for my future baby from the food based supplements. I don’t get fishy burps, my belly doesn’t get upset and I haven’t had any negative effects from these multi-vitamins. It’s also convenient to be able to go to Target to purchase them and not have to go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I’ve been taking them for approximately 4-5 months. I’m so thankful the other bees recommended them because my doctor said any over the counter prenatals were acceptable as long as I had 800 mcg of folic acid daily.
Post # 8
I take the Rainbow light Petite Mini (one prenatal broken down into 3 pills) because I couldn’t swallow the standard sized pill. I love them and have had no issues with an upset stomach. The issue with gummies for me was that the flavor was really off putting when I was nauseated 24/7 for 8 weeks from morning sickness.
Post # 9
While I am no TTC as of yet, I am on prenatals due to past issues w/ my bc and chronic low b12 and folic acid levels. I started with the gummies, and I thought they were great. I have a sensitivity to Iron and get dizzy spells from it, so they were a good way around that w/o having to get the Rx kind. That being said, I didn’t feel like that had enough of the micro nutrients in them that you get with most pills. I also found that they were super $$$. Just my 2c.
Post # 10
I like nature made. Also has dha so don’t have to take a seperate pill.
Post # 11
I take New Chapter, love them!
Post # 13
I’m pretty sure the gummies don’t have iron, which can be a problem, since pregnant women often have anemia. And taking a pill three times a day can be a real pain in the butt, and you won’t always remember. So I’d say the first one, but really any OTC prenatal with all the required stuff.
Post # 14
I like the rainbow light minis. You have to take 3 of them, but they are so much easier to swallow. I just got those gummy prenatals because I’m so tired and over taking all of these pills, I just need a mini break. (I take other vitamins and meds as well) I tried them tonight and they aren’t bad! But, I do prefer the rainbow ones. When I was nauseous in the first and 2nd trimester, they helped ease it a bit too.
Post # 15
Gummies have really been the only option for me, anything else just comes back up thanks to my neverending morning sickness.
Post # 16
I chose the rainbow. I would have prefered Folate vs Folic Acid, but in reality when I looked at my diet I get a lot of natural folate in my diet. Also, I found that other pills made me sick to my stomach. This one doesnt.
I like that it contains no soy, or dyes as well. And it doesnt have a bad taste like many other pills.
Also, It rates very high in any review source I could find online.