Post # 1
I’ve been taking a CVS generic prenatal multi (on sale) and a seperate 200mg DHA capsule since about 5 weeks ago when I found out I’m expecting. I just got lots of free samples from my doctor, most of which I’ve never heard of (Rx). I’ve just had a chance to sit down and look them over… They all vary in ingredients, are intended for different things (i.e. “gentle” versions for nausea, some with extra vitamin B etc.). I’m confused about what I even “need”. I don’t remember there being this much variation with my last pregnancy just 2 years ago.
So what are you taking and why?
Post # 2
I take CVS brand too and a fish oil supplement and did last time I was pregnant. I had no problems with them and my doctor said they had everything I needed in them.
Post # 3
I take NatureMade multi and Nordic Naturals Omega 3s, since those two have been independently evaluated by outside labs to make sure they contain what they say they do. Since vitamins and supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, many don’t actually contain what the label claims they do.
Post # 4
I took the VitaFusion gummies. I think the only thing you really NEED to have is the folic acid. As long as you have that, you should be good.
Post # 5
I take VitaFusion gummies.. my dr said they’re perfectly fine (even though they don’t have iron in them, she said if my blood work shows low iron I can always supplement an iron pill). They’re easy to take, taste good & aren’t terribly expensive.
Post # 6
I take Nature Made prenatals with DHA. I get them at costco because otherwise they get super expensive!! My DD is almost 14 months and we’re trying for #2 so I’ve been on prenatals for 2 years now. My doctor said as long as it has the recommended amount of DHA in it it’s fine.
Post # 7
I take a prescription pre-natal called CitraNatal 90 DHA. It has more folic acid and more iron in it and the ingredients aren’t synthesized versions of the vitamins. However, I have to have to HAVE to take it with food otherwise I’ll feel nauseated.
Post # 8
I’ve taken Centrum and Life brand (Shoppers Drug Mart generic), both in pill+DHA capsule form. Both are fine, although now that I’m actually pregnant I’ll be reading the labels much more closely if I switch brands.
Post # 9
I usually take Nature Made prenatals with DHA unless I’m having a day with really bad MS then I take Vitafusion gummies since iron always makes me feel worse.
Post # 10
I do whatever the cheap-o Target brand of prenatals are — they are pills and do contain iron, and they don’t make me sick if I take them at bedtime. I do go out of my way to use a vegetarian/algal DHA source, though, as opposed to fish-oil derived versions. (I’m a chemist have seen too many conference presentations/papers where people use fish oil supplements as their poster child example when analyzing contaminant loads in human diets, so even when they state that they are tested for PCBs and Hg, I still can’t make myself take them. Not to say that anyone else should not be taking them, it’s just a personal tic after so much professional familiarity, lol.)
Post # 11
I take Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal. I liked that the ingredients were all natural and that the Vitamin A was in beta carotene form. The only downside is that they recommend you take it 3 times a day, but you can also take it all at once so I’ll sometime just empty 3 capsules into morning smoothie.
Post # 12
How much are the target ones you use?
There’s some decent variation on amazon…3-month supplies, 1-month supplies, plus some other options…maybe you can compare the ingredients to the ones offered and see if you can get a better price for the same quality http://amzn.to/1STTjeo
And you can get free fast shipping and maybe even some pregnancy books on kindle for free if you get amazon prime (there’s even a free 30 day trial if you have a lot of shopping to do, just use it for 1 month and cancel it http://amzn.to/1MhDmKs)
I’d do the gummy chewables because I love chewable vitamins despite being ‘grown up.’ It feels like a treat instead of a perscription/medicine. http://amzn.to/1RHwWaw
Post # 13
For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of mine. I get them from Walmart. They are the gummy kind with DHA.
I haven’t had any nausea or side effects. I like the gummies bc for some reason, it’s easier for me to remember, plus I don’t have to go get a glass of water to take them. lol
Post # 14
I just started taking the Women’s 1 A Day ones, where it has 2 pills. One has fish oil supplements, and the other is the pre-natal stuff. I compared them to others and thought they looked good.
My doctor just said to pick up any brand of them when the multi-vitamins I was currently taking run out.
Post # 15
Good to know about the fish oil, thanks.
Mine were CVS brand, but probably similar to most generics. They were on clearance for a huge bottle (around 300 or so) for under $6. Money really isn’t an issue but I’m kind of a sucker for a deal. This bottle could always be for during breastfeeding too if I find that something else considerably better. I love gummy vitamins. Thanks for the links, Amazon is my spot 🙂