(Closed) What supplements/prenatals/vitamin pills are you taking?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

During my pregnancy, I just took one prenatal. When we try again next year, I will just take the one prenatal again. I think you can go overboard with anything, even vitamins.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I was taking Women’s One-a-Day, but they were bothering me, so my OB recommended a chewable. I’m using VitaFusion prenatals with DHA and Folic Acid. You take 2 a day, but with 110 in the bottle and at only about $10 for the bottle, it’s WAY cheaper than any hard pills I found. The only downside is that gummies don’t come with iron, so if your pregnancy blood work comes back saying you are low in iron, you’ll need a separate iron pill. You don’t need to take a prenatal and a mutlivitamin. The multivitamin stuff you need is already in the prenatal and it can actually be bad to get too much of certain vitamins and minerals.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m currently using Nature Made’s prenatal multi with DHA.  I had been taking a gummie, but it didn’t have any iron in it, and since I have a tendancy to be anemic I choose to switch to something with iron.  That was the only prenatal I found that had the folic acid, iron, and DHA in one pill.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You shouldn’t take a prenatal and a multivitamin– they have too many of the same vitamins, including some that aren’t water soluble and can be damaging if you take too much. 

Right now I just take a woman’s 1-a-day that has 400 mcg of folic acid. I’m switching to a prenatal this month though since we are TTC soon. I also take an Omega 3 gummy sometimes, and a calcium/vit D gummy sometimes (I’m lactose intolerant and don’t drink milk or anything, so I feel like I should have the extra). Plus, I occasionally take a B complex, but I’m being more consistent this month to see if it helps with spotting. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mrsSonthebeach:  did your OB specifically recommend the vitafusion one?  I am currently taking it as we are talking about trying soon and regular MVIs upset my stomach,  but I have read mixed reviews about the vitafusion actually having enough of “what you need”.  Supposedly the form of vitamin A isn’t ideal amoung other things…. I’m sticking with it for now since I’m not pregnant but am interested to know if your MD was cool with it. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m taking (all under the supervision of my naturopath), a prenatal multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin B complex, Omega 3 and vitamin D (if/when I feel I need it..I’ve been taking a lot less lately because I’ve been outdoors so much).

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@ilovestripes:  I think taking a prenatal AND a multivitamin is too many vitamins. Have you spoken to your doctor about your supplements?

I’m 8 months pregnant and take a prenatal with a calcium supplement. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I take a lot of stuff, but then I seem to need it.  The one thing that I would say is for everyone taking a prenatal or anything with folic acid in it to look up ‘natural vs synthetic folic acid’.  I never knew the difference until I was diagnosed with MTHFR and found out that meant that I couldn’t process synthetic vitamins well particularly the B vitamins.  Now that I have, I wouldn’t touch it even if I didn’t have the MTHFR mutation that I have!  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You don’t need both a prenatal and a multivitamin. A prenatal vitamin IS a multivitamin, just with the amounts tweaked. To much of a good thing can be bad! (Such as too much Vitamin A, while Vitamin A is necessary, too much has been linked to birth defects.) Drop the other multivitamin and just take the prenatal.

 

I take:

– New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

– fish oils (2 types: Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA & krill oil)

– Vitamin D

– Solgar Gental Iron (because my doctor told me I was anemic)

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ilovestripes – It’s just another fish oil (krill are like tiny shrimp creatures). It’s high in astaxanthin, which is an antioxident.

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