(Closed) Prenatal vitamins vs woman's multivitamin

posted 4 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Do you think prenatal vitamins or multivitamins are better for pregnancy? Please explain below

    Woman's multivitamin (with 0.4 folic acid)

    Prenatal vitamins

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    tearex :  I tried the prenatals and no matter what time I took them or what I ate with them they made me nauseous. My doc said it was likely the extra iron that is in prenatals that was causing my issues and that as long as I took a multivitamin with 400mg of folic acid I would be fine. 

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    Sugar bee
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    tearex :  I don’t think it matters either way. I am TTC and just taking my multivitamin, it has 800 mg of folic acid. I also take Vitamin D since I live in Alaska and last time I had it checked my level was borderline low. Once I’m pregnant I’ll start taking DHA- it’s important for fetal brain development.

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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would take at least 800 mg of folic acid. If you get the gummy prenatals they don’t have any iron.

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    Bumble bee

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    tearex :  I switched to a prenatal once we were TTC as the recommendation of my doctor. I take Vitamin Code Garden of Life Raw Prenatal and the Spectrum DHA supplement (no fish oil for me bc Im on blood thinners). They never make me nauseas or my tummy upset even through I have had terrible morning sickness since the first trimester. Labdoor.com is a good resource for vitamins in general and that’s where I found my prenatal (and my husband’s multivitamin). I also take an extra iron pill and extra folic but that’s because I’m having twins. 

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    Honey bee
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    My prenatals DO make me nautious…but I keep telling myself it’s worth it.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I also have heard that some regular multivitamins have too much vitamin A which too much isn’t a good thing. I take First Response gummies and love them! They taste good and have DHA. Some people do take the flinstone vitamins if they can’t stomach their prenatel. Honestly the only vitamin you really need is folic acid if you have a healthy diet. Think of the millions of healthy babes who were born before manufacturers decided to make prenatels such a mandatory thing (my DH works in drug manufacturing and prenatels are somewhat a marketing hype…most people in Europe only take folic acid for instance). 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    A Flintstone vitamin will and has made me sick, not pregnant.

    My Dr has said to take my prenatalife at night before bed….this works great, not sick! 🙂

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper

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    tearex :  so it’s probably not a common thing, or is frowned upon, but I just wanted to share what I’ve been doing for prep.  I’m a little concerned about folic acid vs. folate.  As such, I decided I will not be taking prenatal vitamins at all.  I started drinking green smoothies in May to get my folate naturally.  I just visited the gyno and she basically said that in a first world country, there really isn’t a need to worry about getting all your nutrients – unless you’re unhealthy yourself – and if I was doing the smoothies, my folate was covered very well.  She made no fuss at all about my decision to lay off the vitamins entirely.  Just food for thought.

    This, paired with my independently developing the same theory a few days before I saw it, fueled my mild paranoia: http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/12/too-much-folate-pregnant-autism/  I do want to point out that A LOT more research is needed to figure out the who/why/wherefore, but I’ll be an “old” mom so I’m not chancing it.

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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I took the vita fusion gummies, and they didn’t mess with my stomach at all. I liked them because they had DHA in them.

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