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What prenatal vitamins are best? What to get??

post #1 of 49
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My last pregnancy I took Neevo DHA. But I have found out most prenatal vitamins contain poly-something 80? Which is bad?

 

Can someone recommend a good prenatal vitamin? I want one with DHA if possible....

 

My health food store carries Natures Way.. is that a good one?

post #2 of 49

I took and still take these.  Superior company.

 

http://www.newchapter.com/prenatal

 

 

post #3 of 49
I'm taking New Chapter's Perfect Prenatal, too. I like whole food vitamins - especially since they don't make me sick like regular vitamins. The pills are also small, so they are easy to get down. They provide some probiotics, a good dose of vitamin D compared to others, and medicinal herbs. They seem a little pricey, but they aren't bad if you look at what is included.
post #4 of 49

I take New Chapter Perfect Prenatals too, but I also take a calcium/magnesium supplement, because the NCPP vitamins are really low in calcium!  I don't think it has DHA either.  I take a fish oil pill when I feel like it.

post #5 of 49
No, it doesn't have dha or a lot of calcium. It's kind of a toss up - bigger pills, or lower calcium. I normally take cod liver oil for the omega 3's and vitamin D, but right now I'm too queasy for it.
post #6 of 49

I take NatureMade Prenatal Multi + DHA. They are way better than the ones my OB prescribed, and they're not too expensive. They're like $15 a bottle, but they have always been buy one get on free at Kroger when I have bought them. They're kinda big, but they're gel coated, and they have never made me sick.

post #7 of 49

I like the rainbow light prenatal vitamins, but also take cal/mag supplement and fish oil seperately

post #8 of 49

They do provide DHA as well.  I also took a cod liver oil supplement too. 

post #9 of 49

I used to take the New Chapter but stopped when I realized there was soy in them. A friend recommended Garden of Life Vitamin Code raw prenatals to me so I gave them a try & ended up really liking them. They have a probiotic blend in them which is nice, and while they are kind of big pills, they are capsules they slide right down easily! No DHA, but I take that separately.

post #10 of 49
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I used to take the New Chapter but stopped when I realized there was soy in them. A friend recommended Garden of Life Vitamin Code raw prenatals to me so I gave them a try & ended up really liking them. They have a probiotic blend in them which is nice, and while they are kind of big pills, they are capsules they slide right down easily! No DHA, but I take that separately.


I stay away from soy as well.  The pre-natals have fermented soy which I find comletely different than other products containing GMO/non fermented soys. 

 

http://www.newchapter.com/multi-vitamins/perfect-prenatal

 

Thank you for the info on the Garden of Life brand. 

post #11 of 49

I take Rainbow Light, or the Trader Joes version that is made by RL (tell me if you think I'm wrong or its lower quality for some reason!)  I also take Ca/Mg/D supplements, at a different time, because Iron can interfere with Ca absorption (one reason I don't care if my supplement has a lot of Ca!) and probiotics and fish oil.

post #12 of 49

I take Mega Food Baby & Me and Nordic Naturals prenatal DHA

 

If you take an additional calcium supplement make sure you take it at another time from your prenatal. The iron in you prental and the calcium make it difficult to absorb each other.

post #13 of 49

For my pregnancy I am taking TriCare Prenatal  DHA ONE. They are a very small softgel. Very easy on the stomach.

It also contains a stool softener. You can see all the different vitamins in TriCare at their websitw www.dhaone.com.

Highly reccommend them.

 

 

post #14 of 49

I take the Rainbow Light Prenatal One a Day vitamins. They don't appear to upset my stomach and seem to have most of what I need.  I plan to take some vitamin D separately.

post #15 of 49

I am taking New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and love them. I love the fact that they are derived from whole/raw foods. They are rather expensive though, so right now I just buy the 90-day supply at $32.  Since it doesn't contain DHA, I am taking a DHA supplement. You do take them 3 times per day, but according to "Making Babies" the author says that you should opt for a prenatal that you take 3-times a day, not a once a day formulation. i've been taking them for nearly 2 months now, so far..so good.

post #16 of 49

I take Thorne Research Basic Prenatal. They are usually only prescribed by a Naturalist (like you can't buy them in stores) but you can order them online. I did alot of research last year after having a miscarriage to find the best prenatal vitamin that had the closest to the daily recommended for pregnant women off a chart for daily vitamin/mineral recommendations for men, women and pregnant women as well off of WebMD. I found that this brand had the closest, so I've been taking them for almost a year. I like them. You take one pill 3x's a day, so I take one with breakfast, lunch and dinner. They were lacking (like all vitamins) in a few of the key ones....so I just supplemented with an additional vitamin here and there to get my 100% daily recommended intake and I feel great!

post #17 of 49
I want to 2nd thorne research prenatals. My Naturalpath recommend them and I buy them on Amazon for $15-20. They're easy to digest, never caused an upset stomach even though sometimes I take 2 at once (if I forgot to take the morning one, I'll take 2 at lunch).
post #18 of 49

man I feel like I take a ton of supps... but I am anemic (at the moment anyway), and I have had horrible calf-cramps in the past and a bit now, so I take a bunch of magnesium for that. In previous pregnancies I didn't quite take this much... but I have gotten kind of paranoid that I am depleted, my iron levels were SO low and despite good vitamin D supplementation (like 4000-6000 iu per day) am still on the low end of normal with that.  These is a closely spaced (inadvertent) pregnancy, and I am still breastfeeding a 2yo. So I think that my body has had a lot asked of it in the past 3 years.

 

In the morning I take the rainbow light prenatal one-a-day, vitamin D drops on my food, extra magnesium and extra iron (floradix and an iron supp). I also take a vegetarian (algal-based) DHA supplement.

 

In the afternoon, or at some point when I remember and haven't recently eaten high-calcium foods, I take another dose each of the floradix and iron supplement. I also cook as much as I can in cast iron and drink a couple cups of a tea I make up every few days with nettles and RRL. These are all to help with iron.

 

In the evening, before bed, I take more magnesium and a cal/mag supplement.

 

When I get closer to the date, I will add some big doses of probiotics throughout the day. I have tested GBS+ with both previous births and want to see if that will help. Plus build up flora in case I do end up on abx (hoping not but current MWs do use them if other measures do not get me a negative test).

post #19 of 49

I take Isotonix Prenatal Multivitamin, distributed by Market America. It comes in a powder that you mix with water to drink in liquid form. It is hands down THE BEST vitamin I have ever taken in my life. I took a pill form organic prenatal before and during the first 3 months of my pregnancy, but I didn't feel as great until I started the liquid form of this Isotonix one. I have absorption/digestion issues, so it has been a lifesaver. I even have food intolerances that got a lot better after I started these vitamins, and while I can't definitively say it was the vitamins that did it (it could've been the pregnancy itself helping me), I like to hope so! smile.gif I also take additional liquid vitamin D and cod liver oil.

post #20 of 49

Garden of Life RAW prenatals.  Sold on Amazon.com.  And the best DHA supplement is Carlson Labs brand.  I promise these are best.  They are whole foods based, NO questionable ingredients, very bioavailable.  Lots of "regular" vitamins have all sorts of garbage from toxic food colorings to anti-freeze!!  Anyway, this is the best of the best and I have come to this conclusion after LOTS of research and trying several kinds myself in 2 different pregnancies!!

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