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Old 04-05-2002, 03:03 AM
 
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It's a little too late, Jacob is already here and so so perfect
I seriously doubt that your friend's baby was born with health problems because she failed to take prenatal vitamins. I am sure there were other factors involved.
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I also went my entire first pregnancy without ever taking a prenatal. I mean, I tried, but I vomitted every single one of them up. I finally quit trying in my 7th month. I got yelled at by my doc- as if I could help throwing them up. Anyhow, I craved the foods that I needed to get the nutrients I needed. I ate 3-5 oranges a day. And ds was born completely healthy.

You do have to be very, very educated about what nutrients you need and what foods you have to eat to get them; you also have to be dedicated to put a lot of energy towards meal planning. With all that, I think that a prenatal is overkill. But for the majority of pregnant women out there, a prenatal is necessary, because they just don't do their homework.

BTW, I am working on a nutrient/food chart that I can use to check off what I am eating each day to be sure that I get all the nutrients I need. When I get done, I would be happy to email it to anyone (it is a MSWord doc).
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I also doubt the child was born unhealthy because she didnt take her vitamins.I hope no one made her feel that way.My kids were both big healthy babies.Sometimes a little extra is too much,I trust my midwives on this.

Lara-I can see where you'd be concerned because of being on the run.I always kept baggies full of granola,trail mix,or dried fruit for on the run,it helped alot.
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I agree that a little extra can be too much, saige (you sage!).

Jen- The info I have right now is set for both pregnant and bfing moms so it will work even if you aren't pregnant! I'll try to get it finished this weekend. (I may update it because I have 7 more books to cover!)
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could I slo get a copy as well? teh e-mail is valeria_vi[@]hotmail.com (remove the brackets around the @ sign)

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Ok, I will send it to everyone. I'll also send you updates if I find information that differs from what I have now. I am making a mothering list on my email program. If you don't have MSWord, let me know. I can cut and paste it into the email so it won't mess it up.
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I take Life Brand prenatal vits.
My doc told me to take prenatal vits. through my fertile years, whether pregnant, nursing or not.
Lara, could you email it to me as well? my email address is:[email protected]
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Lara I would love a copy of that, too! We don't have word though. Thanks a million!

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Lara-you've got your work cut out for you!!! I have no idea whether I have the right software or not,I know nothing about computers.
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I must be a bad shopper. I get whatever prenatal vitamin is offered at the store I happen to be shopping at. For the first pregnancy it Walmart. This time it's from our health food coop. I read the label and look for reasonable, but higher levels than are in a usual multivitamin. Sometimes I take them every other day.

My midwife and clinic recommend only taking a folic acid supplement or regular multivitamin with folic acid, unless blood tests show an iron deficiency. They test hemoglobin at the first appt. and then at the beginning of the third trimester.
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If you opt to not take prenatals for whatever reason, it's still a good idea to take folic acid, especially while TTC and for the first few weeks of pregnancy, to avoid spina bifida. It's hard to get enough folic acid in your diet.
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I'm with you, Leafylady! I take el cheapo Trader Joe's multivitamins (400 mcg of folic acid). My mother, who is a master of whole health, is horrified that I am taking "synthetic vitamins", rather than natural ones. We have the Solgar vegetarian multis here, but, frankly, they smell so.....smelly, that just opening the bottle makes me gag. That and you need to take two very big pills to get the total amt makes them unpleasant for me right now!

The TJ's ones smell a bit, too, but it's do-able, at least for now. If the smell starts getting to me, I plan to ask the mw for a prescription for vits next week, b/c the rx ones don't smell at all. Although we eat pretty healthily, I really like having the backup of a vitamin if my diet is not great for a day.

Anyone else noticed that their morning sickness is better when they take their vits (and keep them down)????

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Anyone else noticed that their morning sickness is better when they take their vits (and keep them down)????
my friend is pg, and she claims that prenatals make her morning sickness worse.

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Rainbow lite because they contained great herbs and minerals on top of the vitamins.They don't consitipate or hurt your belly.I bought the Rainbow one a day ones though and they were $9 a bottle.
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I only took Floridix with Iron plus herbs. Read labels and research types of supplements. Certain calciums, irons and binders are hard on a pregnant system and kidneys.
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KeysMama,
and what are they?
do you mind sharing the info you've got on different types of them with us?

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