(Closed) Ugh–Prenatal vitamins

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
207 posts
Helper bee

I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

Post # 18
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. (I’m not currently pregnant, but I’m still breastfeeding.)

The reasons I chose this one:

  • Food-based vitamin.
  • No dyes.
  • No unfermented soy.
  • No synthetic vitamins.
  • Vitamin A is 100% from beta-carotene.
  • Daily dose is split into 3 pills for better absorption and to be easier on the stomach.
  • Contains probiotics for easy digestion.
  • Not “horse-pill” sized, easy to swallow. (About the size of a Tylenol caplet.)


I also take Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA.

  • Recommended by the American Pregnancy Association.
  • 450 mg of DHA
  • Comes from small fish (anchovies and sardines), which don’t store mercury like large carnivorous fish do. And they are more sustainable.
  • Goes through molecular distillation to remove any heavy metals.
  • Not “horse-pill” sized, easy to swallow. (Also about the size of a Tylenol caplet.)


And 4000 IU Vitamin D.

Per an article from WebMD, women who took 4000 IU of Vitamin D were:

  • Half as likely to develop gestational diabetes. 
  • Half as likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia.
  • Less likely to give birth prematurely.
  • Less likely for both mother and baby to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.

There has also been some speculation linking Vitamin D deficiency and autism. Though the cause of autism is still unknown, I find this an interesting theory. A few articles on the subject:

Note: Make sure you get Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is lower quality and not as readily used by the body.

Post # 19
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatal too and before those took Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins.  I like them both but prefer the New Chapter ones because I find them a bit easier to swallow.  Neither made me feel sick.  I chose them because they sounded all healthy/natural/organic mmmm.  I take Opti3 DHA capsules too.

Post # 20
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Similar to Abbyful.

I take a gummy pre-natal (Vitafusion) but it’s iron-free, so I also take a low-dose (18mg?) iron supplement everyother day since I have GI issues.  My OBGYN attempted to get me to buy these fancy Rx ones because they were loaded w/ DHA but at $70/month it wasn’t happening so I also take DHA and extra Vitamin D every other day since the past it’s been really low.  Although living in Portland, OR probably didn’t help.  I had my labs done a few weeks back and all was well except healthy cholesterol, but I stopped eating seafood JIC, but the DHA should take care of that.

Sounds like a lot, but for me I would rather be a bit safer and in total I think it’s $20/month for the 4 pills.  If you want a generic DHA, Meijer’s a supermarket out here gives them away for free.  My co-worker who has a healthy 3 month old uses them.

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