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I have been taking a prenatal vitamin from Target. I am pretty ignorant when it comes to what kind of supplements should be taken. What do you guys take?
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I am taking a RiteAid Prenatal, a fish oil supplement, the Vitex I started taking to increase my luteal phase, and extra B complex. The last two were for TTC purposes -- guess I should stop now, huh? The most helpful source I found on what needs to be in a prenatal is www.marchofdimes.org
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I take Spring Valley Prenatal.
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I am currently researching which oil supplement to take, since my prenatal does not have any omega fatty acids. It is best to take a supplement that is made for pregnant women, since some derivatives of fish oils can be potentially dangerous to fetal development (liver-based oils).
With prenatal vitamins, it is most important to check they have the recommended dose of folic acid and iron.
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I take spirulina, chlorella, and extra folic acid. I don't like regular vitamins. Spirulina and chlorella are super foods.

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I am taking Floradix Iron with Herbs. I love it. I started taking it last month and it makes me feel good. I just picked up Rainbow Light Prental One at Whole Foods today. I love taking just one pill a day. I couldn't down four horse pills a day very faithfully. We'll see how the additional iron affects me. I generally dislike iron in pills.
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Prenatals
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Im using New Chapter Organics perfect prenatal. 2 in the am 2 in the pm....and NO stomache upsetness whatso ever!! and typically im sensitive like that so i highly recommend these!!!!
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Rainbow Light (6 a day)
I like them.
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I too take the RL 6 a day ones. I took them the last time and really liked them

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i am just taking a prenatal from the natural foods store (i was told to get ones without copper, so that's what I have) as well as some omega 3 supplements (i rotate flax oil one day, DHA supplement the next, then cod liver oil).
I will probably start taking the floradix iron and herbs because i had low iron with my last pregnancy and the iron pills gave me constipation. supposedly low dose natural iron supplements (like floradix) taken every day can prevent that if you start early enough in the pregnancy...so I will probably do that around 10-12 weeks.
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-- 500mg/1000mg all-natural, chewable, black cherry Vitamin C
-- Swiss brand prenatals (all natural, 1 horsepill per day)
-- 2g Omega 3 fatty acid, heavy on the DHA, less so on the EPA (2 horsepills per day). I take these because they make my brain work so much better than were I not taking them. I guess I use them as nature's anti-depressant.

and nettle tea, though not everyday yet, even though I should.

I'm seriously considering getting the Floradix. I don't typically have a problem with iron, to my knowledge, but since this is supposedly all natural and doesn't cause constipation I don't know that it could hurt too much to have the extra goodness, esp. since I'm fairly certain of carrying twins and anemia is more common in multiples pregnancies.
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what makes you think you're carrying twins?
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what makes you think you're carrying twins?
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...1&postcount=12

make that 4lbs gained at 9 weeks 1 day.
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I take the Rainbow Light 1 a day Multi-vitamins and an extra b-complex for now. Prenatals had too much iron in them for me for the 1st trimester w/ my dd. I'm also taking an EFA blend that has omega 3 & 6 in it. I (try to) drink RRL tea (w/ some other stuff in it) every day too.

PiePie-I was taking the Vitex for my luteal pahse too, but it (the bottle) says not to take if you're pg so I stopped. I don't know if taking it will have any negative effects, though.

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I have got to remember to pick up some prenatals. I am worried because I haven't started on any yet. I have regular multi vitamins for women at home. Do you think those would be ok to take?
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mommysusie: probably ok. compare to ingredients described at www.marchofdimes.org -- often the same in multis as in prenatals.

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I am currently researching which oil supplement to take, since my prenatal does not have any omega fatty acids. It is best to take a supplement that is made for pregnant women, since some derivatives of fish oils can be potentially dangerous to fetal development (liver-based oils).
With prenatal vitamins, it is most important to check they have the recommended dose of folic acid and iron.
Hi - I'm taking Eskimo Omegas, recommended by my doc because any contaminants are below detectable levels. FWIW!
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i'm taking brewers yeast, spirulina, clo, omega-3, multi-mineral, drinking rrl and nettle tea. last pregnancy i'm pretty sure i was anemic in the last month, so i'd like to prevent that this time. debating between floradix and chlorophyll. if i go with floradix, i can only afford to take it for the last trimester.

what is the benefit of chlorella?

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For anyone taking spirulina and/or chlorella, what form (pills, powder..) do you take it in and where do you buy it? I've read about all the great benefits there are to taking them (both when pg and not) but with so many options out there I want to make sure I get sometihing that is good quality.

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I just switched yesterday to a prenatal vit. I am also taking a choline supp, b6 and I'm still taking vitex. One of the women on TTC gave research that showed that vitex can be used in the first trimester to prevent mc. I was just taking folic acid before along with some other vitamins e,c, b6, calcium, and vitex.
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what is brewer's yeast for? spirulina? choline?

anyone else find this a little overwhelming?
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what is brewer's yeast for? spirulina? choline?

anyone else find this a little overwhelming?
I use nutritional yeast in some of my cooking. It has TONS of vitamins and minerals in it, so maybe that's why some use brewer's yeast.

Spirulina?

I recently watched a segment on smarter babies and in addition to bfing, eating omega-3s, exercising, taking iron, the segment mentioned that a choline supp. can aid in better brain development, leading to smarter children.
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thanks, sabo. word's still out on SPIRULINA. trishwsu? vaquitita?
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what is brewer's yeast for? spirulina? choline?

anyone else find this a little overwhelming?
brewers yeast is high in b vitamins. spirulina also contains b's as well as minerals.

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thanks. sabo, because i ordered some of the pills you recommended, and vaquitita, i will go to gnc tomorrow and pick up yours. i am going to become a regular pill popper!! :
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I personally think that spirulina is awesome. I've been taking it for over a year. I had a bunch of warts on my hand and within a week of taking spirulina, they just sloughed off my hand. No scar or anything. I had tried tons of things to get rid of them. Spirulina also cleared up my daughters post nasal drip. And we hardly ever get sick anymore. I also prefer spirulina over a multi vitamin because it's a food. It's very well absorbed by the body.

I also take microhydrin with it (brand name Mega-h). It's an antioxidant. It's also a delivery system. coupled with spirulina, it brings the nutrients into your cells on a nano level.

here's a breakdown of spirulina. http://www.spirulina.com/SPBNutrition.html

Here's a link about microhydrin http://www.antioxidantfoods.com/

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what is brewer's yeast for? spirulina? choline?

anyone else find this a little overwhelming?
It's super overwhelming. Luckily, my husband is a chemist and has been doing research for years on what are the best supplements to take. We take spirulina, chlorella, microhydrin, and colostrum (which it says not to take when pregnant, so I don't right now).

I usually make smoothies for the kids to give them their supplements.

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