What prenatal vitamins are you all taking? I'm confused about just over the counter vs. prescription. My current OB gave me a prescription for a certain vitamin but I didn't ended up picking it up because it was going to cost me $40 a month! crazy. Right now I just have One a day prenatal.
My midwife recommends Rainbow Light Prenatals. They are food-based and more readily absorbed. Typical OTC vitamins (i.e. from Walgreens/CVS/Wal-Mart) are usually too dense and don't use the best form of the vitamin for absorption. I get them at Whole Foods though I'm sure you could find them at any health food store or vitamin shoppe (or Amazon).
Edited to add: one-a-day vitamins of any brand are particularly poor for absorption. you just can't expect your body to absorb what it needs in one mega dose.
I am also taking the Rainbow Light ones right now. Just grabbed them at the store the other day before I even got my BFP. Wishful thinking
I was taking Solaray Food Source capsules, but ran out a while back. They seemed pretty fantastic. Smelled like onion powder or something.
I'm not yet taking DHA ones. Looking forward to hearing all the brands that everyone is taking.
I take SISU Multi Expecting prenatal vitamins (a Canadian brand). You take 2 pills a day, and they are powdered vitamins in a gel cap, so if you throw up trying to swallow them, you can open them up and sprinkle on a spoon of food. I bought them at the health store, and I think they are probably a step up quality wise than Materna or the like. My local health store also had New Chapter prenatals, but they cost almost 50 dollars for a one month supply here, and I just can't pay that.
I take the Platinum Easymulti prenatal with DHA. It's a one-a-day, but I did notice that it seems to absorb rather well (as long as I keep my water intake up). I also take Sisu Calcium/Magnesium when I think my diet has not been adequate. I have to admit - I can be a bit spacey when it comes to taking supplements.
I'm taking Homefirst prenatals ( http://store.homefirst.com/Prenatal-Multi-with-Probiotics/productinfo/MPP/ ) they have methylated folate and b12 and has probiotics in them. So far, only prenatal that doesn't make my kidney's ache!
I'm thinking also of getting the Thorne prenatal to try- since it has methylated vitamins (more absorbable)
Taking Vital Choice Salmon Oil
Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil and butter oil
I'll probably change some when I hire a midwife and can get her recommendations. For now, I'm keeping all my bases covered, but just normal Target stuff. I'll spend the extra money once I know what I need for sure. I'm taking fish oil, B complex, iron-free prenatal gummies, calcium/vit D, live culture yogurt and cranberry supplements. I've had HORRIBLE dental problems post partum, so calcium is a way high priority for me, B complex helps my nausea, gummies help that too (although they turn my urine bright yellow, so I'm sure I need something that's more easily absorbed), and cranberry to avoid UTIs which I tend to get frequently while pregnant. Goodness, some of those pills are enormous!
New Chapter Prenatals here (three times a day, I freak out a little bit because I'm so afraid I'll forget) and Nordic naturals prenatal DHA.
I was thinking about taking some calcium supplements (we live in ME, always rainy, barely any sun here) but my bottle said not to be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding...is there a brand that makes prenatal calcium supplements? If so I couldn't find it.