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Prenatal Vitamin Recommendation?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

With my last pregnancy, I took the prenatal that I was prescribed in order to get coverage for it through my insurance and HSA, but in the end I think I spent way more than necessary on generic Rx vitamins. I looked at my HSA, and I think I can get reimbursed for any specifically prenatal vitamins without a Rx. So, any good recommendations? Preferably that don't make one too nauseous? :)

post #2 of 27
New Chapter Perfect Prenatal have been best for me. They never made me sick (and everything makes me sick!) and they weren't constipating. I can't afford them this time around, but they were awesome for both of my boys' pregnancies.
post #3 of 27

 I recommend only taking food based vitamins.  Synthetic vitamins are recognized as a toxin by the body and are quickly excreted out rather than them being absorbed.  With food based vitamins, they are easier on the stomach, and more easily absorbed, therefore you are actually getting some benefit out of them.  

 

I try to eat a very healthy and wide variety of foods to get the majority of my nutrients from my meals, but I do keep the Rainbow Light food based mini prenatals in the cabinet to take from time to time as well.

post #4 of 27
For this pregnancy I've been taking the New Chapter vitamins too. They contain folate instead of folic acid which in another thread I read was said to be better for you to absorb. They have been gentle on my stomach too. They are pricey compared to other brands. Whole Foods had them on sale for $45 & that's a month supply. However, if you're getting reimbursed for them that's awesome, and I'd give them a try!
post #5 of 27
post #6 of 27

I use Rainbow Light prenatals (whole superfoods based) and Blue Ice brand cod liver oil (raw and fermented).

post #7 of 27

I never took a prenatal before but looking at both the Rainbow Light and the New Chapter Prenatal I think I'd go with New Chapter because:

 

It has folate, not folic acid.

It's organic which means no GMOs (and both have some soy, so that's important.

New Chapter has K2 (MK-& form) as well as K1.

New Chapter's vitamin A is 100% betacarotene.

New Chapter achieved Non-GMO Project verification.

 

I wasn't able to find an iron-free version of New Chapter Prenatal - does anyone know if one exists? I have plenty of iron....

post #8 of 27

I stopped my prenatal vitamin a few days ago because I have swapped it for a B complex vitamin tablet instead. I am desperate for something to help the nausea and read people say B-6 helps with it, so since the B complex already has folic acid in it too I quit the prenatal. Will have to make sure I get enough iron in food though.

 

I am wondering if B complex is safe during pregnancy as it seems to contain a high amount of the B vitamins, anyone know about this? How much B-6 should it contain etc? Or should I continue with the prenatal and just get a B-6 only vitamin with it for the morning sickness? From what I have read briefly online it says 'all B vitamins are safe to take during pregnancy' but it doesn't say in what dosage.

post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by snowydays View Post
 

I stopped my prenatal vitamin a few days ago because I have swapped it for a B complex vitamin tablet instead. I am desperate for something to help the nausea and read people say B-6 helps with it, so since the B complex already has folic acid in it too I quit the prenatal. Will have to make sure I get enough iron in food though.

 

I am wondering if B complex is safe during pregnancy as it seems to contain a high amount of the B vitamins, anyone know about this? How much B-6 should it contain etc? Or should I continue with the prenatal and just get a B-6 only vitamin with it for the morning sickness? From what I have read briefly online it says 'all B vitamins are safe to take during pregnancy' but it doesn't say in what dosage.


I read somewhere 25mg

post #10 of 27

I second (third? fourth?) New Chapter Perfect Prenatal.  Don't make me nauseous, doesn't constipate, is food based, has folate, has split-up dosage so I feel like I'm more likely to get the most benefit from it, etc.  

 

Drugstore.com tends to have a pretty good deal on them, though they are kinda pricey still.  I also take extra folate (I have a genetic predisposition to miscarriage without tons of it), fermented cod liver oil, inositol / choline blend (to help lower the risk of birth defects), baby aspirin and natural progesterone cream (to help prevent early miscarriage....although it didn't work last time...).

 

I know it's alot of supplements, and I feel like it's doing very little, if anything, to help me keep this baby and grow it successfully.  Only eating well and resting and keeping stress down (and lots of luck) can really do that....But as an insurance policy for days when I don't eat well, and just to make me feel like I can control something, it helps. 

post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Activia View Post
 


I read somewhere 25mg

Oh, my B complex ones have 50mg of most of the B vits..... My prenatal only had 1.6mg.

post #12 of 27

Amazon has a really good on New Chapter - I ordered this weekend:

 

http://www.amazon.com/New-Chapter-Organics-Trimester-270-Count/dp/B003BEDU2M

post #13 of 27

I use VitaForce: http://www.dynamicsofnature.com/

 

It is from Super foods and fruits and veggies. It's a powder that I mix with organic apple juice every morning. No irritation. So goooooood. I highly recommend if you can get it!

post #14 of 27

UGH, I should have done more research on this before I  bought and started to take this brand: http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Treasure-Prenatal-Complete-liquid/dp/B0014AY8MQ

 

Read down in the comments @ meadowsweet causing bleeding and contractions:dizzy Holy crap!  I'm not taking this again! I'll post if my spotting stops.

post #15 of 27

I saw "Avoid use during pregnancy. Meadowsweet may increase uterine tone and might stimulate uterine activity" but the same can be said for red raspberry leaf which is often used during pregnancy (though it's been recently suggested that if you have suffered previous miscarriages, you might not want to use it in the first trimester.) I didn't take that comment to mean that it necessarily causes bleeding...

 

This article seems like a pretty thorough piece on herb safety and quotes Susun Weed & rosemary Gladstar throughout (two top herbalists) and there's no mention of avoiding meadowsweet:

 

http://childbirthsolutions.com/articles/wise-use-of-herbs-and-vitamins-during-pregnancy/

 

I also looked in Susun Weed's Childbearing Years and she makes no mention of meadowsweet in her list of herbs to avoid.

 

I would stop taking it too, but try not to worry. :hug

post #16 of 27

Thanks Metasequoia,  I didn't take the prenatal today, NOR have I had any RRL tea, but I DID just start the tea over the weekend. SO FAR, no spotting today and it's almost noon. I would normally take the prenatal @ 7-8am and then start spotting with in an hr or two. So, here's to a solution to my terrifying problem! Fingers crossed! I too looked for mention in the Herbal for Child Bearing year, and found nothing. Whew!  In some ways, I think my first pregnancy was easier due to my complete and utter ignorance of all things holistic/crunchy! I was just to naive to know any better bag.gif

post #17 of 27

My mw just told me that new chapter had been bought out and worried that the quality may have changed.  She is now recommending Synergy, another organic, whole foods, super-food prenatal, which has many of the great qualities of the new chapter blend.  http://www.thesynergycompany.com/v/prenatal.html

post #18 of 27

what is the difference between taking a prenatal and a multi vitamin for women? I just finished up a bottle of prenatals but you have to take them 3x a day which I hate and they are really expensive. From what I can tell, what you get in the regular multi vitamin for women is quite similar in terms of the amounts of vitamins and minerals. Some higher, some lower. Any ideas? I eat a pretty good diet already so I am wondering if the muti vit for women would be enough. 

post #19 of 27

So, there tend to be some differences between a regular multi and a prenatal, but those depend on the two types you're comparing.  If you're comparing, say, One-a-Day Women to One-a-Day Prenatal, there won't be all that much difference; probably the prenatal will have a higher level of folic acid, more vitamin D, less vitamin A (which can be toxic to a fetus at high, high doses), a maybe some calcium or iron added in.  

 

However, most of the prenatal mentioned on this thread -- and the other thread currently on this board for prenatals -- have some unique things about them.  One is that you might take more than one per day, which spreads out the dosages and make it *slightly* less likely that you'll just pee out the vitamins, lol.  Another thing is that many prenatals (like Rainbow Light, New Chapter, etc) are whole-food based, organic, made with probiotics, and have pretty optimal levels of many less-talked-about vitamins and minerals.  

 

Of course, these are all just averages, and every women gets different benefit from a vitamin, even taking the exact same dose.  Generally your body won't absorb much "extra" of a vitamin or mineral if you're sufficiently supplied with it in your diet.  But as an insurance policy, some women prefer to take the "better" (and probably way more expensive) versions just to feel more peace of mind, especially if they have crazy morning sickness and can't get good food to stay down.  I would say compare and contrast ACTUAL bottles of vitamins on the biggie nutrients that you care about, determine your personal level of comfort with the risks of taking (and not taking) vitamins, determine the likelihood that your diet will remain solid or suffer at some point, and go from there :) 

post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by turtlemamameg View Post

My mw just told me that new chapter had been bought out and worried that the quality may have changed.  She is now recommending Synergy, another organic, whole foods, super-food prenatal, which has many of the great qualities of the new chapter blend.  http://www.thesynergycompany.com/v/prenatal.html

That's too bad! I'm going to try the Synergy brand. I hope it doesn't bother my stomach.
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