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Prenatals?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I know a couple of weeks ago there was a thread going about high quality prenatals. I think my cheapy prenatal vitamins are making me sick. I believe someone mentioned Rainbow Light brand prenatals, anyone here using them? What about New Chapter Organics brans? Any other high quality brands you smart ladies reccomend? TIA!
post #2 of 32
I'm using the Rainbow Light brand. The only drawback to me is that it's 6 pills a day - but I take 3 in the morning and 3 at night. I've not had any drawbacks - in fact, it allows me to get more water in my system than I usually do.
post #3 of 32
I take rainbow light vegan .... however, they still make me sick! Blech. Oh, and I had go take a pregnancy test at the health dept. yesterday for proof of pregnancy, and you should have seen the nurse's face when I refused their nasty generic vitamins! She wrote "refused vitamins" on my charting in big letters while saying it loudly.
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
Oh thats funny Serenyd. The ones online I saw are where you only take 1 Rainbow Light a day, anyone know anything about those?
post #5 of 32
I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
post #6 of 32
I use Rainbow Light one a day. The ginger really helped make it eastier on the tummy. Now after reading that article I'm thinking I will switch again!
post #7 of 32
Wow, that's disturbing. Just to respond to the OP, though, I doubt it's the cheapness of your vitamins making you sick. It's probably the mega doses of iron. I switch to basic vitamins (1 A Day Essentials) when I hit about 6 weeks and start to feel awful. With DS, the only times I threw up were right after I'd taken vitamins with the iron. My midwife gave me the go ahead to switch to the basic vitamins. They don't have as much folic acid, but they do have the minimum and mw said folic acid doesn't matter so much after 6 or 7 (?) weeks anyway. I got the sense that a lot of the folic acid need is actually before you even know you're pregnant.

I do switch back to prenatals once the nausea passes.
post #8 of 32
Those are the two I would recommend! Rainbow Light of New Chapter. New Chapter is quite a bit more expensive, but considered the best.
post #9 of 32
I didn't read the rest of the responses, I will go back and read them. I should have said before that during the nausea, I don't take any. ;-)

I eat a nutrient dense diet, weston a price style. I am gluten free, I take fish oil, probiotics, and iron (usually. I occasionally have to take breaks from the iron for my tummy. But I eat liver as well)

I figure I am doing fine and will reevaluate prenatals later.
post #10 of 32
Hi, not in your DDC, however, I take New Chapter Organics and I really like them. i think they even taste better than the prenatals I was taking before.
post #11 of 32
hey, i am taking Rainbow Light one a day. they are PACKED with vits and extra. when i get home i will list all the ingredients. i got a bottle of 90 for 29.99. so really a pretty good deal. we have a natural foods store here in town and they are awesome.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by treehugginmama View Post
I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
Thanks for that! I was thinking about switching to those, I guess I will reconsider.
post #13 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by treehugginmama View Post
I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
Thank you. This is good information to have!
post #14 of 32
Rainbow light one a day are awesome-I really do like them, but the price at my local HFS is 32.95 for 90, so basically 10 bucks a month. On Amazon though they are like 17.95 for the same amount. I was shocked and I will be ordering my vitamins from now on.

Folic acid is most important in just the first few weeks while the neural tube is forming. Iron is important in the end of pregnancy(when I stopped taking prenatals last time). I ended up severely anemic, so bad the dr couldn't believe I was even functioning, I had major nausea and throwing up at the end of my pregnancy and prenatals weren't staying down.
post #15 of 32
i also take the Rainbow Light 1 and i haven't had any problems with not feeling well. i also like that i can easily buy them at Walgreens. my local store has a 50 count for $24.99

early on in my TTC journey i started taking Prima Care One - prescription ones. and i found that i was always sick - not ill, but sick with colds. when i really looked at the ingredient list i realized that it was great for baby, but not enough minerals for momma.
post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses, ladies!

Crap, whats up with the lead thing?? NOT cool. Sigh, back to square one I guess.

For people who use New Chapter: doesnt it have lavendar in it? Is that safe? I keep seeing conflicting stuff about lavendar.
post #17 of 32
That article is very disturbing! I took Rainbow Light with my other kids. This pregnancy, I am taking Thorne Laboratories Basic Prenatal. They are the ones my chiropractor/applied kinesiologist recommends. The ratio is really good, the company is really reputable, no additives or fillers. The really nice thing is that they are capsules, not horse pills. They haven't upset my stomach at all.
post #18 of 32
There is thread here on rainbow light prenatals and lead

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ow+light+vegan
post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 
That is a major bummer about all those vitamins! So what do you do? Just choose the New Chapter brand with the "less" lead in it?! Eek! I dunno what to do
post #20 of 32
I'm taking Rainbow Light Prenatal One VeganGuard. The one on that list is the Rainbow Light complete prenatal system, which I *believe* is the 6/day? So until I see that the one I'm taking is worrisome I'll keep taking it. I can't afford the one that my midwife recommends...can't remember the name. I can get the Rainbow Light for about 20 bucks for a three month supply, whereas the others were $25/mo.

I've taken LOTS of different prenatals and the ones I'm taking now are easiest on my tummy. By far.
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