(Closed) Vitamins… what should I look for?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If your looking for higher levels of EPA/DHA, I would buy Carlson Labs, Nordic Naturals, or Barleans.  I would also suggest you buy from the web cause its cheaper.  Darling Husband is currently taking Carlson Labs Elite Omega 3 Gems.  I get it from Amazon for under $20.  I’m currently taking Barlean’s liquid version because I can take the liquid form w/out any issues and its under $17 for 1.5 months.  Barlean’s liquid fish oil has no aftertaste and takes like lemon.   

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I forgot to add that for prenatals you should buy a whole foods version.  I highly suggest Rainbow Light food based pre-natals.  Although I’m currently taking New Chapter for other reasons, I started w/ Rainbow Light.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My online friends recommended Blue Ice brand fermented fish oils. I bought the orange capsules and they were just fine, but I couldn’t justify the cost each month.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I take “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal”. (And “Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA” for my Omega-3/DHA/EPA supplement; which has 450 mg DHA, 90 mg EPA.)

I went with New Chapter because:

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.

 

I also suggest taking Vitamin D: http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20100504/high-doses-of-vitamin-d-may-cut-pregnancy-risk

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@bunny:  I couldn’t justify the cost either so I switched to take Barlean’s.  There’s much discussion regarding pharm grade and naturally fermented.  I decided to go w/ pharm grade fish oil instead.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@abbyful:  So cool! I’m on presecripition Vit. D. It’s good to know I should be taking it through pregnancy.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@abbyful:  When you say the New Chapter has “no unfermented soy,” does that mean it has fermented soy?  LoL probably a dumb question, but I do have a strong sensitivity to soy (It gives me stomach cramps so bad that I can’t get out of bed….).  So I’ve been searching for a good soy-free vitamin, easier said than done.  

 

I’ve been taking the NatureMade one here:  http://www.drugstore.com/nature-made-multi-prenatal-tablets/qxp231590?catid=183268.  I chose it because nature-made is the only brand of multivitamins I’ve ever been able to take that doesn’t mess with my stomach.  I was planning on bringing them to my doctor next week when we discuss TTC to see what her opinion is or if she has a better recommendation.  

 

ETA:  I’m also taking an extra supplement of vitamin D.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@swizzlesticks – Yes, it does have fermented soy. I would prefer soy-free, but unfermnented soy was the comprise I had to make to get everything else I wanted in a vitamin. (I don’t have any reaction or intolerance to soy, I just prefer to avoid it.)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ladies, when taking B6, do you take it throughout your cycle or start after you ovulate?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@swizzlesticks: New Chapter is actually very gentle.  I was looking for soy free as well but I’ve used New Chapter in the past and stayed w/ them.  I just found out that my fish oil has soy lectihin(sp).  Seems that’s its a filler in a % of foods.  Who knew?

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@squeak35:  It is!  My husband made me watch the “Modern Marvels” show on the soybean and it’s ridiculous how much stuff it’s in.  Soybean oil and soy lecithin don’t bother me quite as much, as long as they’re lower on the list of ingredients… but any protein bars or tofu or anything like that is out of the question.  It’s not as bad for me as it USED to be… When I was a baby, soy formula nearly killed me, and soy-fillers used in meat used to make me really sick.  I don’t know how I’d react now, since I haven’t dared try any of those in years.  

I do know that every multi-vitamin I’ve tried has hurt my stomach except for the Nature-made brand, which I read about on a forum for people with soy/milk sensitivies.  I will look into the New Chapter brand, since it does seem to have higher doses of most vitamins.

 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@swizzlesticks:  I was shocked as well.  I use to sub soy for everything until I found out increased estrogen levels.  I have fibroids and I don’t need help in that area.  Regarding the soy formula, all of my brothers kids could only drink soy formula.  Everything else they were allergic to.  Our bodies are definitely unique.

I also tried Rainbow Light food based pre-natals but New Chapter has higher levels of essential vitamins and minerals. 

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