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When I was pg I got 3 diff prscriptn prenatals and couldn't stomach any of them (I think it was the unbuffered iron). I ended up taking my regular multi, plus separate folic acid and Slow FE (time released iron) - all pretty small. While I had the prenatals in hand I compared the contents (by milligrams - good point Envirobecca) and they were all very different, and all had fewer things in them than my regular multi (Bronson #2 with minerals). I did a little reading then (3yrs ago) and read that there are no FDA or industry standards for prenatals. I suspect that many of the prescription ones are a scam to get bucks out of insurance companies--package up an inexpensive multivitamin with some extra folic and iron thrown in, and bill the insurance company for an expensive prescription. (OK, yes, I am a cynic.) My midwives were fairly appalled that i was using regular vitamins instead of prenatals, but they could not give a specific reason, so I took that as a sign that the drug reps do a good sales job. I have since had 2 MDs tell me you can take 2 Flintstones with iron every day and get just as good nutrition. They're not OBs, so they may not be in the know--or they may not be targeted for prenatals by their drug reps. Just my 2c.