(Closed) Prenatal Vitamins – which one!?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I found seven seas worked best for me. They are tiny so easy to swallow. A few times I switched to free samples I’d been given and I found my energy levels slumped. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I take 2x SISU Multi Expecting with dinner every day.  I think the most important thing is that you take prenatals with a meal to avoid any side effects – it has worked for me!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

cooperlove:  i think there are multiple threads on this already! So if you search for it you’ll probably have a lot more responses. But I just a switched to mykind Garden of Life multi prenatal. They are pricy but so worth it for me. I just found out I have a MTHFR mutation so needed to be taking folate instead of folic acid. I love that they are whole food vitamins and there are no synthetic vitamins in them. You do have to take them 3 times a day which is annoying. But I also take calcium with vitamin d, b6, magnesium, and a DHA supplement. So the 3 times a day doesn’t seem much more lol. ETA: I take each with a meal and it doesn’t hurt my stomach at all. HTH! 

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Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Target gummie prenatals. Love them. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I use Vitamin worlds prenatal with DHA. It doesn’t make me sick at all And they usually have a sale that makes it much cheaper than the CVS brand. Make sure you are looking at the daily supply and price when buying them. Some you get 30 day and others 60 or 90 day. So sometimes what looks like a pricier option is not.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second Glasgowbound – Target prenatal gummies – I took them for over 2 years while we were TTC and while I was pregnant.  I just bought some more this week so that I can start prepping for TTC #2.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I take Smarty Pants gummies and love them. They are so easy on the stomach and have no weird aftertaste. And they have folate!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

cooperlove:  I gave up on a multivitamin style prenatals after the 6th brand that made me sick… If you’re eating a balanced diet you really don’t need to be taking them except for the folic acid (which can also be gotten naturally from your diet, it’s just a lot harder to do).  

If stomach upset is a concern read the ingredients of each brand and look for trigger items such as magnesium and iron and look for a brand that doesn’t have it.  Or talk to your doctor about getting a prescription version.  Or, if you eat plenty of fruits and veggies anyway, consider just getting folic acid (or folate) and taking that.  Our bodies absorb almost NONE of the nutrients in multi-vitamins anyway so besides the FA it’s mostly wasted money.  

EDIT: I should mention, I have a digestive disorder, so having as much trouble as me is quite rare – many women as previously mentioned can avoid any side effects by taking them with a meal or right before bed.  

Just a note on the difference between Folic Acid and Folate too, for any other nerdy bees who might be interested: Both are the water soluble vitamin B9, Folate is the naturally derived version found in plants.  Folic Acid is the synthetic version commonly found in vitamins or foods that have been fortified with it, some people struggle with the synthetic version but do fine taking the natural one (either in pill or plant form) Here’s a quick reference of foods high in folate: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=63

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

cooperlove:  I chose Rainbow Light Prenatal One after lots of comparing/contrasting/agonizing. I love that it’s a one-a-day, and love that it’s plant-based and 100% natural. No complaints!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Based on another post on the bee I went with Rainbow Light Prenatal One also.  So far so good!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

cooperlove:  My stomach rarely agrees with vitamins of any kind, but I have found that gummies are less harsh.  I can even take on empty stomach without issues, if that’s how my day starts.  I get the VitaFusion prenatal gummies from CVS, or just the generic CVS brand, both of which have been on buy 1 get 1 free/half off sales pretty regularly!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

cooperlove:  no worries! Just wanted to let you know where you can find more info/opinions on this topic!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

I wanted one that could be easily found in town, and went for the one a day prenatal 1’s with DHA and folic acid. They are super easy to swallow, and I’ve never had issues with an upset stomach or constipation that seems to be common with the added iron of a prenatal. They have worked great for me.

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