(Closed) Ugh–Prenatal vitamins

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just picked something off the shelf and called it good.. but if you are really concerned I’d ask your doctor if they recommend anything specific.

I am taking Nature Made Prenatal Multi +DHA. It was the only one I could really tolerate while pregnant, plus being a softgel cap it was easy to swallow and no nasty after taste.

They test your iron levels during pregnancy so if they are low they will ask you to take an additional supplement. During the second trimester mine dropped to borderline anemic and I was asked to take a slow release iron supplement (45mg) on top of my prenatal (which was 27mg).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My decision made itself! I bought prenatals on a whim because there was a Buy One Get One sale on Nature Made’s Multivitamin prenatal at the grocery store. I checked to make sure that it had 800 mg of Folic Acid as that was my only requirement. Once I run out of these, I think I will get the same brand but change to the Prenatal with DHEA in it since I’m not getting that from another source.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My MD said not to waste money on the expensive ones, to take the generic vitamins, just make sure they have the folic acid. Instead I splurged on the Nordic Naturals cod fish oil.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine are generic brand from the drug store. They have 1,000mg of folic acid I believe. I’m not actually TTC just yet, so when I get closer to that point I may ask my doctor what he thinks, but I’m sure taking any one is good.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I chose the only one I could find that didn’t contain any iron at all (from GNC). I’m not supposed to take iron supplements as they can interact with medication I’m on. My last CBC at around 28 weeks showed that I’m only just borderline anemic so my doc is fine with me trying to get enough iron from my diet.

All that said, I’ve been happy with my prenatals but they’re a bit pricey. I stock up on a few months’ worth at a time whenever they go on sale.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think you’re going to get mixed advice on this question.  The only must is that you be getting atleast .4mg of folic acid (don’t quote me!).  Other than that decide on what’s important for you.  I have some coworkers that refuse to spend more than 10$ on pre-natals, others that got their Dr to prescribe something.  In my case I wanted to choose the most “pure” vitamin that would give me all the nutirents required and then some.  New Chapter was referred by a Bee but because I couldn’t find it in where I’m from I went with something similar from Progressive. I had tried an over-the-counter pharmacy brand before Progressive and found that it didn’t agree with me (made me tired and constipated).  So far this new vitamin is great.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I chose based on taste. Is that terrible? I was taking one that made me gag ever. single. time. So I found one with a coating that I can’t taste or smell. Much better!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Currently nursing and not TTC. I take the gummies. They don’t have iron though.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal.  I consider them the best.

Not all vitamins are equal- NCPP has 100% vit. A from beta carotene for example, vs. from a synthetic.  Also, I wanted no color dyes.  It also is in 3 pills so that you get better absorption.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I first took the 1 a day prenatals, but now my doctor gives me prescribed prenatals.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Elevit. These are supposed to be the best ones in Europe 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I currently take CVS brand prenatal vitamins, it met all the requirements for folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin D, plus they’re usually on sale and I got two big bottles buy 1 get 1 free.  I also take Centrum Omega 3.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I take Target’s Up & Up brand – my OB looked at the vitamin content and said it was perfect. 🙂 I do chew some extra antacids if I didn’t get a lot of calcium in my diet during the day, though.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I stay completely away from folic acid.  It’s a synthetic that isn’t all that great for us when taken in high doses.  Add to that, that many have genetic mutations like MTHFR that cause our bodies to not break it down the way a ‘normal’ person can.  Instead, I make sure that any vitamins or food that I take/eat either has methylfolate in it or is folate from raw food, non-gmo sources.

I use either Emerald Labs Prenatal, Thorne Basic Prenatal, or New Chapter Perfect Prenatal.

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