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Chewable Prenatal??

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Okay, so I've been chewing my kiddo's vitamins for about a week now. Can't swallow mine even when I'm not nauseous... Can anyone recommend a good prenatal chewable? I was taking Rainbow Light and hopefully will again in a few weeks. Until then I figure I should take something other than a toddler vitamin!

post #2 of 13

I have a hard time swallowing pills even when I'm not pregnant, so if I don't have a chewable prenatal, I will not get my vitamins down. When I was pregnant with Pearl, I asked my midwife about this and she said I should take two Flinstones chewables (or equivalent). This time around, there are more options available, and I'm taking a gummy prenatal. VitaFusion has a gummy prenatal, and so does my local grocery store. It doesn't have many minerals (iron, calcium, etc), but that's OK by me. I take an extra calcium chew and I eat foods high in iron. If the lack of minerals bothers you, go the Flinstones route and supplement with a gummy omega-3. HTH smile.gif

post #3 of 13

Are any of the chewables/gummy ones vegan?

 

Also my mouth started watering in that gaggy way just reading through this thread...LOL...I suffer each night gagging my prenatal down.

post #4 of 13

Not the ones I have, no. They have fish oil in them. Also, lots of them are made with gelatin or bees wax, and I don't think either of those are vegan, right?

 

You might see if either of these brands carries a prenatal?

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post #6 of 13

Oh, I seriously doubt Flinstone vitamins are bioavailable. I should have specified that my midwife was suggesting I take a children's chewable vitamin like  Flinstone's. That's the brand she mentioned, but that was probably because they're the stereotypical children's vitamin. I believe what I actually took was a children's chewable I got at the health food store.

post #7 of 13

Dealea, thanks for the link.  I'll check those out.  I think I have another week or two left in my rainbow lights and I'll need some new ones....I suffer taking these, so looking forward to making a switch.  thanks again!

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Dealea86 View Post

Oh, I seriously doubt Flinstone vitamins are bioavailable. I should have specified that my midwife was suggesting I take a children's chewable vitamin like  Flinstone's. That's the brand she mentioned, but that was probably because they're the stereotypical children's vitamin. I believe what I actually took was a children's chewable I got at the health food store.

 

Thanks for clarifying!!  I know that you really want to get a good vitamin, or else it's really pointless to take.  Luckily I have no issues swallowing or keeping down the horse pills.
 

 

post #9 of 13

For what it is worth, I checked our the gummies our kids take (Whole Foods private label) and they would not meet the folic acid requirement even if you double the dose. If I recall correctly they are actual vegan but I didn't double check this a.m. You'd need to triple the dose.

 

My midwife did confirm that is was fine to take the children's version but cautioned to double check folic acid.

post #10 of 13

Yes, that's a good point. This was all so long ago... I've forgetten so much, but I remember my midwife stressing to me to double check the folic acid, and if it wasn't enough to supplement with a folic acid pill. Compared to the size of a regular prenatal, a folic acid pill is nothing. I could swallow those no problem. But I think the chewable I took back then had enough, because I don't remember taking extra. And any gummy or chewable prenatal vitamin (not children's vitamin) should have enough folic acid already.
 

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Originally Posted by JudiAU View Post

For what it is worth, I checked our the gummies our kids take (Whole Foods private label) and they would not meet the folic acid requirement even if you double the dose. If I recall correctly they are actual vegan but I didn't double check this a.m. You'd need to triple the dose.

 

My midwife did confirm that is was fine to take the children's version but cautioned to double check folic acid.



 

post #11 of 13

I'm gonna risk being a total pain and say, make sure the folic acid is a form of B9 folate.  ;)  There is a huge difference between folic acid and folate!  :D  http://www.naturalnews.com/033273_folate_folic_acid.html and http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

 

I realize many of you might already know this, but I wanted to point it out for those who don't.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CindyCindy View Post

I'm gonna risk being a total pain and say, make sure the folic acid is a form of B9 folate.  ;)  There is a huge difference between folic acid and folate!  :D  http://www.naturalnews.com/033273_folate_folic_acid.html and http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

 

I realize many of you might already know this, but I wanted to point it out for those who don't.



Ugh. I really hate that 1st trimester is the time when the baby needs nutrients the most but my stomach won't let me eat my normal healthy diet!

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by sere234 View Post



Ugh. I really hate that 1st trimester is the time when the baby needs nutrients the most but my stomach won't let me eat my normal healthy diet!



nod.gif  It really sucks.  I am not throwing up, but I don't want to eat anything.  So I feel like I have to take a vitamin to keep some nutrients in me.

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