(Closed) What prenatal vitamins do you recommend?

posted 8 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I take Rainbow Light prenatals.  They have several, all of which are highly rated.  They have a once-a-day pill, but I take these, which you are supposed to take multiple times a day, (two pills, three times a day, or three pills, twice a day).  I have heard that pills you take more than once a day allow your body to better absorb the vitamins before your body sends them out as waste.  Anyway, I like them, they are very gentle on your stomach, (I took half a bottle of another brand and they made me feel yucky).  

The only complaint I have about them is that they are kind of large…BUT they aren’t as bad to swallow as I thought.  Once I got used to them, I can swallow multiple pills at once.  Not a complaint, but more of an observation, (I didn’t notice this with the other kinds of vitamins I took): they turn your pee BRIGHT yellow.  If I hadn’t seen that in an Amazon review, I think I would have freaked out! 

Amazon has a large selection of vitamins, and so far, they are cheaper than any other place I’ve found, (GNC sells the same kind, for example, only they are quite a bit more expensive there).

I used to take Vitafusion gummy prenatals, and liked them, but they have no iron and no calcium, and the Vitamin A is retinol based, which I was told isn’t as good for you, so I switched.  

Post # 4
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@Miss Apricot:  I take the vita fusions 🙂

but I take iron separately (anemic) so i specifically chose one that didn’t have iron. I like them. Easy on the tummy and kinda tasty. I take them right before bed and don’t have any of the “fish burps” issues I’ve heard from some people. 

Post # 6
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just take the Trader Joe’s brand (and I’m preggo).  My OB said those were great.

Post # 7
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I take the ones from Trader Joes. I also started taking all my vitamins at night to ease nausea, that works like a charm!

Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I take Nature Made prenatal + DHA softgels and they are… gross. The bottle smells fishy and I have to plug my nose when I take them. But I don’t burp up anything gross, so I’m sticking with them b/c the bottle is huge.

Post # 9
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m taking the One a Day (which comes with a hard one for the vitamins and a soft gel capsule for the DHA fish oil) and it does the job and it seemed to have the highest amounts/percentage of everything compared to the other brands on the shelf (I got mine at Target). I do feel queasy often after taking them and on occasions, I do get fishy burps as well. With this in mind, either I take it with a HUGE meal or I take it right before bed (I, 99% of the time, opt for this option). I don’t often get a complete meal in for lunch or breakfast, so I prefer to take a vitamin that’s on the more comprehensive side. If I was a better eater, I would go with the Vitafusion gummies. I’ve taken those as a regular multi-vit and they are great.

Post # 10
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I take “New Chapter Perfect Prenatal”. I really like them because:

  • Food-based vitamin.
  • No dyes.
  • 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.

Post # 11
6995 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I take Nature Made Prenatals without the extra DHA – so these

I really like them – they seem to be much smaller than most prenatals, easy on the stomach and do the job perfectly. no side effects for me!

Post # 13
1577 posts
Bumble bee

I have just been using the Target brand prenatals. They go down easy and don’t taste nasty, haha. It seems like they have good amounts of the needed vitamins, but I haven’t tried any others.

Post # 14
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@NJmeetsBX – Your question wasn’t directed at me, but my prenatals don’t have DHA included. I take a seperate DHA supplement (Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA).

Post # 15
826 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have used a couple different brands, but am currently taking the Target brand. A while ago I saw a news segment about different brands of vitamins and studies basically showed that the store brands are just as effective as more expensive brands, so I usually stick with store brands- prenatal or not.

Post # 16
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I buy mine from Walmart

Spring Valley Prental Vitamins

I like these because they don’t smell and have a pink coating that goes down easy when I swallow. I do not take pills easily and these are the best ones I’ve found.

Best of luck!

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