Post # 1
I know, I know. ANOTHER prenatal thread. I’ve sifted through the first few pages in the prental search on the bee, but have a few more questions.
We are probably going to TTC this summer. I’m taking folic acid now. I wanna start taking prenatals, so….
1. Which brand do YOU take?
2. Did you take the same one pre pregnancy, during and post pregnancy? Or did you switch up your cocktail throughout the pre, during, post stages?
3. tell me more about supplementing with DHA, calcium, fish oils, vitamin D. What do I really need, and when?
I know it’s a lot of information, but I’ve been scouring the web for about a half an hour now. If someones already done a bunch of research, I wanna hear about it! I feel like I trust you ladies more than anyone. It’s great to have a variety of opinions!
tl;dr? I hope you made it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Ice_cream: Keep taking the folic acid and add in a regular multi vitamin. Once you’re pregnant your doctor will give you a whole bunch for free to get started. The only additional thing my doctor recommended was increasing my calcium intake through Viactiv chews because I’m not a milk drinker and baby will leech the calcium from your bones causing osteoporosis when you’re older if you don’t have enough bone density.
Post # 4
@Ice_cream: I got an Rx for prenatal vitamins from my doctor and it’s very cheap, covered by insurance. No supplements, though I am going to talk to my doc about DHA at my next appt.
Post # 5
I just take the Target brand prenatals and folic acid chews. They both taste fine. I didn’t start taking them until I was already pregnant though.
Post # 6
@Ice_cream: I’m in the same boat as you. We will be TTC later in the year but started taking prenatals now. I’m taking the Nature Made Prenatals , a separate DHA supplement and Vitamin D. Last visit to my doctor, my vitamin D levels were pretty low so he suggested I take the supplement.
Post # 7
I love rainbow lite brand prenatals. I took them with my first pregnancy and I am still taking them now and whilst TTCing.
Post # 8
@Audreysdance: I didn’t list it but that is the brand of the DHA supplements I’m taking.
Post # 9
@Audreysdance: do you take any DHA?
Post # 10
@Ice_cream: I took Spring Valley brand from Walmart, my dr. said it was fine & I continued, before, during & after.
Post # 11
I took the rainbow light prenatals for a while and found they were quite large. I don’t have an issue swallowing pills, but the smaller the better in my book. So when I ran out of those I ordered Nature Made prenatals and was very excited to find out how tiny they were in comparison. They don’t have as much Vit B, but I’m pretty sure the amount in the Rainbow light was excessive since it gave me flourescent yellow pee like clock-work 1 hr after taking them.
I was excited to try gummy prenatals but found they didn’t have Iron, so I passed on them.
I also take DHA (I’m not really convinced it’s needed but who knows). I take the nordic naturals brand in strawberry flavor and really like them. In fact I remember to take them every night since I like them so much. I don’t like fishy things and was skeptical of strawberry flavoring, but it was very impressed at how non-yucky they taste going down. They are a little pricey, but I really do like them.
I take 2000 units vit D too but only since my levels are low (and probably always will be)
I order everything on amazon since it’s much cheaper and you can get them in bulk, once you decide you like them.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Here’s what I take, daily, and have taken (in large part) for the past two years:
AM (after breakfast, so I don’t hurl):
- 3 Thorne Prenatals (not horse pills!)
- 1 Vitamin C 500-1000mg (chewable right now, but often horse pills)
- 2 Ultimate Omega fish oil (HELL YEAH, liquid gold — spendy but so worth it, the most DHA/EPA of any I’ve found!)
- 1 Probiotic (FemDophilus or other)
- (I used to take 2-3 Thorne Ferrasorb here, for low iron stores, but I think taking too much iron was giving me chronic yeast infections, so now I just get the 250% RDA or whatever’s in my prenatal)
PM (before bed, to aid sleep):
- 2-3 Cal/mag/zinc (horse pills, about 75% RDA)
- 5000 IU Vitamin D (gelcap)
- 2 MORE Ultimate Omega fish oil (no bad burps if you store them in freezer!)
I prefer to supplement in this way to make sure I get adequate calcium absorbtion (away from iron in prenatals), and to pair calcium with vitamin D for mood and sleep at night. B vitamins, vitamin C, and probiotic in morning help with energy and keep me regular. I take a buttload of Vitamin D because I live in Seattle and historically have had very low stores. Keeps me from getting SAD. Yeahhhhh!
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
DHA is fish oil. Also folate is better than folic acid. I take a separate Calcium + Vitamin D supplement because no prenatal I found had enough/any of this combo.
I’m not pregnant yet, but I figure I will continue to take the same one unless if starts to upset my stomach. The brand I take is called Carlson PreNatal Multiple with DHA.
Post # 14
Yes you need to take DHA during pregnancy especially. Its in fish oil so you can take that as a separate supplement. Fish oil is a good thing to take regardless but the dha is vital for babies brain development.
I take spring valley brand from Walmart. But during pregnancy I will add calcium and fish oil or find a better combo one. If you don’t eat a lot of dairy products you might need extra calcium or make sure your prenatal includes it atleast… Not all do. The baby will take yours regardless but its more so for you so you still have some left for your body.
Post # 15
Pre-TTC and TTC I just took either my women’s one a day (that had pretty much everything including folic acid as a normal prenatal) or Target brand prenatals. When I got pregnant, my doctor gave me prescription samples for prenatals, all of which had DHA. Now I’m taking, with my doctor’s blessing, Nature’s Made + DHA prenatals.
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Just FYI, leafy greens have much more calcium than dairy products. And Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium. So if you need more calcium, either take a Calcium + Vitamin D supplement (I take the CVS generic brand because it’s USP certified) and/or eat more leafy greens like kale, collard greens, etc.
Spinach actually has a thing in it that blocks calcium absorption. So try limiting spinach intake to no more than once or twice a week. Lots of people make the mistake of eating spinach in a salad every day, and this could really hurt your body’s ability to absorb any calcium you eat.