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I know a couple of weeks ago there was a thread going about high quality prenatals. I think my cheapy prenatal vitamins are making me sick. I believe someone mentioned Rainbow Light brand prenatals, anyone here using them? What about New Chapter Organics brans? Any other high quality brands you smart ladies reccomend? TIA!

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I'm using the Rainbow Light brand. The only drawback to me is that it's 6 pills a day - but I take 3 in the morning and 3 at night. I've not had any drawbacks - in fact, it allows me to get more water in my system than I usually do.

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I take rainbow light vegan .... however, they still make me sick! Blech. Oh, and I had go take a pregnancy test at the health dept. yesterday for proof of pregnancy, and you should have seen the nurse's face when I refused their nasty generic vitamins! She wrote "refused vitamins" on my charting in big letters while saying it loudly.

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Oh thats funny Serenyd. The ones online I saw are where you only take 1 Rainbow Light a day, anyone know anything about those?

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I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php

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I use Rainbow Light one a day. The ginger really helped make it eastier on the tummy. Now after reading that article I'm thinking I will switch again!

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Wow, that's disturbing. Just to respond to the OP, though, I doubt it's the cheapness of your vitamins making you sick. It's probably the mega doses of iron. I switch to basic vitamins (1 A Day Essentials) when I hit about 6 weeks and start to feel awful. With DS, the only times I threw up were right after I'd taken vitamins with the iron. My midwife gave me the go ahead to switch to the basic vitamins. They don't have as much folic acid, but they do have the minimum and mw said folic acid doesn't matter so much after 6 or 7 (?) weeks anyway. I got the sense that a lot of the folic acid need is actually before you even know you're pregnant.

I do switch back to prenatals once the nausea passes.

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Those are the two I would recommend! Rainbow Light of New Chapter. New Chapter is quite a bit more expensive, but considered the best.

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I didn't read the rest of the responses, I will go back and read them. I should have said before that during the nausea, I don't take any. ;-)

I eat a nutrient dense diet, weston a price style. I am gluten free, I take fish oil, probiotics, and iron (usually. I occasionally have to take breaks from the iron for my tummy. But I eat liver as well)

I figure I am doing fine and will reevaluate prenatals later.

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Hi, not in your DDC, however, I take New Chapter Organics and I really like them. i think they even taste better than the prenatals I was taking before.
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hey, i am taking Rainbow Light one a day. they are PACKED with vits and extra. when i get home i will list all the ingredients. i got a bottle of 90 for 29.99. so really a pretty good deal. we have a natural foods store here in town and they are awesome.

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I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
Thanks for that! I was thinking about switching to those, I guess I will reconsider.

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I use to take Rainbow Light 6 a day and 1 a day. I no longer take them. I started taking Nature's Plus about 3 months ago. This is why. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
Thank you. This is good information to have!

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Rainbow light one a day are awesome-I really do like them, but the price at my local HFS is 32.95 for 90, so basically 10 bucks a month. On Amazon though they are like 17.95 for the same amount. I was shocked and I will be ordering my vitamins from now on.

Folic acid is most important in just the first few weeks while the neural tube is forming. Iron is important in the end of pregnancy(when I stopped taking prenatals last time). I ended up severely anemic, so bad the dr couldn't believe I was even functioning, I had major nausea and throwing up at the end of my pregnancy and prenatals weren't staying down.

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i also take the Rainbow Light 1 and i haven't had any problems with not feeling well. i also like that i can easily buy them at Walgreens. my local store has a 50 count for $24.99

early on in my TTC journey i started taking Prima Care One - prescription ones. and i found that i was always sick - not ill, but sick with colds. when i really looked at the ingredient list i realized that it was great for baby, but not enough minerals for momma.

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Thanks for all the responses, ladies!

Crap, whats up with the lead thing?? NOT cool. Sigh, back to square one I guess.

For people who use New Chapter: doesnt it have lavendar in it? Is that safe? I keep seeing conflicting stuff about lavendar.

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That article is very disturbing! I took Rainbow Light with my other kids. This pregnancy, I am taking Thorne Laboratories Basic Prenatal. They are the ones my chiropractor/applied kinesiologist recommends. The ratio is really good, the company is really reputable, no additives or fillers. The really nice thing is that they are capsules, not horse pills. They haven't upset my stomach at all.
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There is thread here on rainbow light prenatals and lead

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ow+light+vegan

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That is a major bummer about all those vitamins! So what do you do? Just choose the New Chapter brand with the "less" lead in it?! Eek! I dunno what to do

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I'm taking Rainbow Light Prenatal One VeganGuard. The one on that list is the Rainbow Light complete prenatal system, which I *believe* is the 6/day? So until I see that the one I'm taking is worrisome I'll keep taking it. I can't afford the one that my midwife recommends...can't remember the name. I can get the Rainbow Light for about 20 bucks for a three month supply, whereas the others were $25/mo.

I've taken LOTS of different prenatals and the ones I'm taking now are easiest on my tummy. By far.

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just make sure you do your own research as well. while i believe the link posted is very helpful, it is a blog entry, not the FDA website.

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html

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Estimates of Pb exposures for all products were below the PTTI levels for the at-risk population groups of children, pregnant and lactating women and adult women. Table 1 lists the PTTI levels and summarizes results for mass fraction and estimated exposure by population group. Median and maximum values were used instead of mean and standard deviation due to the skewed distribution of results toward lower mass fraction and exposure as seen in Figures 1 and 2. Table 2 provides a complete listing of Pb mass fractions and estimated Pb exposure values for the samples.

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just make sure you do your own research as well. while i believe the link posted is very helpful, it is a blog entry, not the FDA website.

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/pbvitami.html
That info was from a study done. It can be found on many different sources.

I really don't put much into what the fda has to say. No offense to you.

Overall, we have to make the decision for ourselves and what we feel comfortable with.

Personally, if I know something has lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. I will not take it or give it to my children.

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i know alot of folks here have a very low opinion of the FDA, and that's fine. i don't necessarily disagree. i just wanted her to be aware that are other sources of info. way too often i see someone take posts as bible truth when it's just someone's opinion (i am not saying that your post is just your opinion) and that worries me.

and, i believe the link i provided is to the same study you are refering to. if not, can you provide a link with the different study results?

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I'm pretty sure it's the same study. Which is one of the reasons why I still wouldn't use any of the vitamins because they do contain lead. No matter the amount. My feelings are if there is some lead in those and you get some lead from other sources you don't know about, all that lead will build up. If you do not metabolize metals well then you could end up with a big problem. (you is general you)

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So do you suppose there is lead in anything from those brands, or just in that particular item?

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The whole thing is just really unfortunate and sucky. Does anyone know of a good prenatal that is not on the list?

I know what you mean about the FDA, they are def. not all they are cracked up to be. How is this lead getting into these vitamins?!

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I take the Rainbow Light One a Day. I'd love to take the New Chapter Organics, but they're crazy expensive. I have them on my wishlist in case some of my rich family members decide to buy me some.

I knew about the lead issue, and it is upsetting, but the levels are small... and I have the feeling that if they tested our vegetables for lead, there would be some in there too... (Actually I went and looked it up. Yep, there's probably lead in a decent percentage of our foods.) All I have to fall back on is that studies of vitamins usually show people doing better with them than they do without, so I choose to keep taking them. Getting the vitamins from food sources is better, of course, but I'm not always completely sure that I'm eating as much as I should (especially these last few weeks ).

And RMM1117, finding a prenatal that wasn't on the list wouldn't really help - vitamins that aren't on the list aren't lead-free, they're just untested. That one article says that 99% of the vitamins tested had some amount of lead, so it's difficult to find one without any. *sigh*
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I'm not sure. There are some one the list that are made by the same companies with some having lead and some not. From what I read I think it's from the manufacturing that causes the lead.

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That info was from a study done. It can be found on many different sources.

I really don't put much into what the fda has to say. No offense to you.

Overall, we have to make the decision for ourselves and what we feel comfortable with.

Personally, if I know something has lead, mercury, aluminum, etc. I will not take it or give it to my children.
You know what's weird, though? A while back I was interested in taking concentrace minerals, but I was breastfeeding so I was worried about it possibly containing heavy metals. I contacted some health professional from the company who said that it may contain lead in trace amounts, but it 1)contains minerals that counteract heavy metals and 2)even apples contain lead in small amounts... Not sure if that makes you feel any better. I personally would try to avoid lead as much as possible, but I suppose it is more about the dose and less about it's presence if it truly is in so many different foods.
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I've been taking New Chapter Perfect Prenatal and it has been great. No nausea and you can even take it on an empty stomach. It's food based and the weird thing is, I have another prenatal that I bought before I got the new chapter prenatals and whenever I take that kind, my urine is bright yellow. When I take the new chapter, it's just normal colored. Makes me think I'm absorbing more.


I'm also very interested in the Vitamin Code Women's vitamin. It isn't specifically prenatal, but it says it is good for pregnancy and it looks like all the vitamin amounts are comparable to prenatals. Plus it's raw food based with cofactors, so supposedly you absorb and use more. I think I'll order that one next time.

In case anyone is looking, iHerb.com has really good prices on these vitamins compared to your health food stores. Plus you can use a coupon code to get $5 off: MOS036. Luckyvitamin.com also has good prices, but iherb always seems to throw in random discounts and free shipping so I like them.
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