(Closed) Prenatal Vitamins-The Great Debate

posted 8 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Which prenatal vitamin would you recommend?

    Rainbow Light Prenatal One

    New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

    Vitafusion Prenatal Dha And Folic Acid Gummy Vitamins

  • Post # 3
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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 # 5
    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    1096 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
    44 posts
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I like nature made. Also has dha so don’t have to take a seperate pill. 

    Post # 11
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I take New Chapter, love them!

    Post # 12
    1001 posts
    Bumble bee

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    Post # 13
    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    1476 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    4801 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Gummies have really been the only option for me, anything else just comes back up thanks to my neverending morning sickness.

    Post # 16
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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.


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