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post #21 of 39

Last month I thought I was pregnant because I was SO nauseated-- but in the end I figured out it was the Rainbow Light Prenatal Just Once I had started taking, thinking about ttc. I took it with the first two (and I'm sure should have kept taking it during the last three years of breastfeeding) and it was fine. Does anyone know what combination or amount of particular ingredients might be causing the nausea, so I can find a prenatal that'll work for me? I was taking it with food. Hmmmm.

post #22 of 39

food based vitamins are easier to digest than synthetic vitamins.  You could try the Rainbow Light Food Based prenatal Petites.  You take 3 smallish ( small compared to their 6 a day ones!) pills a day. 

post #23 of 39

I use SISU pre-natals.  I take 2 in the morning with breakfast with some OJ.  I'm also taking some acidophilus to help with digestion.

post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by Earthylady View Post

food based vitamins are easier to digest than synthetic vitamins.  You could try the Rainbow Light Food Based prenatal Petites.  You take 3 smallish ( small compared to their 6 a day ones!) pills a day. 



Thank you! I just bought some food-based capsules (Garden of Life Vitamin Code raw prenatal) that you take 3/day, so we'll see how that goes. Good to have another recommendation in case it doesn't work out!

post #25 of 39

Though I also just noticed that the Rainbow Light Prenatal One also says it is food-based. Bah.

post #26 of 39

Before I got pregnant I was taking the Rainbow Light Women's One-a-Day and had planned to finish the bottle since it's huge and had ok amounts of everything.  I asked at the natural pharmacy, and a woman looked over the list of herbs and recommended I look up dong quai to make sure it's safe during pregnancy. It is NOT. Now, the dosage is low, but I stopped taking it the next day.  I'll buy a box of the New Chapter prenatals next week when they go on sale, but for now I'm just taking a folic acid/b12 supplement and a DHA supplement.

post #27 of 39

I'm a little weird about my prenatals (and vitamins in general).  I have three different brands and I rotate them randomly day to day.  That way, if one of them has a little better type of this vitamin, or not quite enough of something else, then at least I should be getting the right things at least a few days of the week.  My DH thinks I'm nuts.

post #28 of 39

I'm taking the New Chapter pre natales. I bought through Amazon with subscribe+save, having them delivered every 2 months.

post #29 of 39

I was really happy with the multivitamin I was taking before pregnancy (Rainbow Light) and so I just added a folic acid supplement (and am now taking B6 and ginger root for the nausea as well). I found one that is derived entirely from organic lemon peel and it was not expensive.

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Originally Posted by Gracecody View Post

I was really happy with the multivitamin I was taking before pregnancy (Rainbow Light) and so I just added a folic acid supplement (and am now taking B6 and ginger root for the nausea as well). I found one that is derived entirely from organic lemon peel and it was not expensive.


Be careful with those.  I was taking the Rainbow Light one-a-day before, but found out that the dong quai in the herbal blend isn't safe for pregnancy.  Rainbow light does make a prenatal, so you should check your bottle and make sure it's something you're comfortable taking.

 



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I'm taking the New Chapter pre natales. I bought through Amazon with subscribe+save, having them delivered every 2 months.


 

I am too, but using the giganto trimester bottle delivered every 3 months!  I felt a little guilty not getting them from the awesome local store that helped me so much, but the price difference turned out to be about $35 for the big bottle.  Of course I noticed a few days ago that the herbal blend in these contains oats - fine for most, not for me :(  I'll probably switch when these run out and hope they don't do too much damage.

post #31 of 39

Right now im taking Buried Treasure Liquid Prenatals because Im having a hard time swallowing pills. I always have. http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Treasure-Prenatal-Complete-liquid/dp/B0014AY8MQ/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1297447303&sr=8-9 Im also taking 2 x 1000 IU vitamin D gummies by Rainbow light, and a chewable B complex by SolarRay. I also drink a smoothie every day with this stuff http://www.nowfoods.com/Products/ProductsbyCategory/Category/072978.htm?cat= called tru food vegan. Its a complete food based vegan protein and meal replacement powder. I always feel better after I have a smoothie.

post #32 of 39


 

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Hey! I was just watching a really interesting discussion about prenatals and Folate VS. Folic Acid. It turns out that Folic Acid is a man made version of Folate and only around 50% of people can utilitize it in that form. I just bought a bottle of Rainbow Light (it was EXPENSIVE!) and during that conversation I learned that RL is inferior to New Chapter's prenatals. Apparently NC has Folate, NOT folic acid and has higher quality sources of vitamins. Here's a link to the blog post that began the discussion: http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2010/06/is-folic-acid-only-and-best-choice.html.

 

Good luck! I have sooo much to learn about this stuff! I was mainly just a bystander, watching the discussion but when I asked where I can learn more information about these people knew (the different vitamins and how our body uses them), no one had answers for me! Maybe someone on here will have more info.

Yup. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of the naturally-occurring Folate, and I found an article that links Folic Acid to breast cancer. I'm taking Dr. Fuhrman's Gentle Prenatal Vegan Dietary Supplement. This is the exact page I found, coincidentally before I was about to pop the prenatal vitamin I had gotten via prescription from my doctor into my mouth : http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/folic_acid_dangers_and_prenatal_vitamins.aspx
 

 

post #33 of 39

Wow- I feel so guilty. I don't take any prenatals because all the ones I have tried have made me sick.

 

I also have allergies to wheat, soy, corn, dairy and yeast. Its very hard to find one without all of those.

 

I worry sometimes if my baby will have the proper nutrition, but I ate really healthy before I got pregnant. Since then, Ive been so sick I just eat what I can.

 

1st trimester will be over soon, and then I will go back on some sort of prenatal. Kudos to all of those who are taking the prenatals through the sickness.

 

 

 

post #34 of 39

the ones I take are formed to specifically be gentle. I found out though that I need to break the capsule open(which they were designed to do already), and pour the contents into my water bottle, because the substance used to make the capsule feels like it gets stuck in my throat and stays there. I don't think my prenatals have any of those ingredients. As long as you're keeping up with your proteins and vitamins from veggies and fruits, and calcium and iron, I don't think you should be so worried. :) 

 

They're vary literally, as far as I know, exactly the ground-up sources of the vitamins and minerals in the break-apart capsules that you don't even need to use anyway. Listed under "Other Ingredients" is only Cellulose, magnesium stearate, and silica.

post #35 of 39


 

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 Listed under "Other Ingredients" is only Cellulose, magnesium stearate, and silica.


 

Thanks for checking that out for me. Unfortunately, the cellulose is made from corn. I have to watch out for that stuff - it comes under so many different names!

 

I am getting some protein and veggies, but really have no appetite at all. The nausea is overwhelming at times - even just looking at food makes me sick!

 

This baby got tired of green smoothies really fast.

post #36 of 39

FYI: Rainbow Light Prenatal Just Once do not contain dong quai.

 

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P.S. It also contains digestive enzymes to help with GI stuff.

post #37 of 39



 

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FYI: Rainbow Light Prenatal Just Once do not contain dong quai.

 

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P.S. It also contains digestive enzymes to help with GI stuff.



Neither do the Petite minis either that are food based.  It DOES have Red Raspberry Leaf, which is good for pregnancy, ginger juice, which is a known anti nausea herb,  and spirulina.  It also has Lactobacillus at 25 million, which is a probiotic.

 

Here is the link to their ingredients:  http://www.rainbowlight.com/Categories.aspx?Category=bc5a36c4-6236-46af-9ba9-325206f52641

post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by time4latte View Post

FYI: Rainbow Light Prenatal Just Once do not contain dong quai.

 

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P.S. It also contains digestive enzymes to help with GI stuff.



Neither do the Petite minis either that are food based.  It DOES have Red Raspberry Leaf, which is good for pregnancy, ginger juice, which is a known anti nausea herb,  and spirulina.  It also has Lactobacillus at 25 million, which is a probiotic.

 

Here is the link to their ingredients:  http://www.rainbowlight.com/Categories.aspx?Category=bc5a36c4-6236-46af-9ba9-325206f52641


Sorry if I started off a worrystorm!  I had been taking the regular Women's one-a-day, not the prenatal.  Since the poster before who had mentioned just continuing her Rainbow Light supplement didn't specify that she was taking the prenatal, I thought it was worth a mention.  However, I screwed up by not being clear about which one *I* was taking.  So for clarification, the regular women's vitamin does contain dong quai, the prenatal formulas do not.

post #39 of 39

Ah!  I got ya!  winky.gif  Thank you!  I was thinking maybe their formula had changed recently or something.  :)

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