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I am just curious what prenatal everybody is taking. I am taking Baby and Me made by Megafoods. I like it because it is a whole food vitamin and is made with organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It requires me to take 4 a day which normally I don't like but since it is free of synthetic ingredients it does not make me ill. I am VERY pleased with it. I took 3 different prenatals (Rainbow Light, New Chapter, Nature's source) with my first and did not like any of them so I'm happy to have found something that works for me so early on.

Please share what you are taking and what you have tried.

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I'm taking walmart brand, spring valley. I like them b/c they are small. I actually stopped taking prenatals with DS at about 16 weeks (*ducking*) b/c every one I tried was like a giant horse pill and I would immediately vomit I tried 3 different brands (not sure of the exact names, but I think one was Rainbow Light maybe?)...2 from Whole Foods and 1 from Target last time. I mentioned my issues to my MWs this time around and they recommended the ones I'm currently taking. So far, no problems and the pill isn't too big so I can keep it down all 10 months!

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Normally, I take Standard Process supplements. I researched whole food vitamins that I could buy locally AND were affordable, after reading the reviews, I ended up going with Nature's Way Alive Multi.

From what I understand, a true whole-food should not nauseate you like common multi-vitamins because they are easier to digest and assimilate.

ETA: With DD I was taking a multi by Pure Encapsulations, but those brought on the nausea, big time!

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I take Target brand because they are really easy to swallow and don't have that vitamin-y smell.

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Am I the only one not taking one? I'm just taking folic acid (400mcg or mg, I forget which, per day). I also take EPA and DHA and I remineralize my water.

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i take freeda prenatal. they are especially for vegans. they are large horse pills, but i break them in half and always take it at lunch, with food. i've found that if taken too early, or without food, they make morning sickness worse.

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Whole Foods' 365 brand Prenatal 1 a day. I started taking it when DD was a newborn and never stopped and have been really happy with it. I've been in the habit of taking it at bedtime since that first pg, which often helps if you're nauseated by it (usually I believe it's the iron that triggers the nausea for most women).

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I'm also not taking one. I am relying on my food (liver and fresh greens for folate) and I am also relying on my diet for my other B vitamins, as well as zinc, magnesium and iron. I am taking Omega 3's, FCLO, and vit C powder. I am going to start with a broad spectrum probiotic (bio kult). Grassfed butter for vitamin K and homemade yoghurt for calcium (also lots of techina - sesame paste).... and that is all I can think of right now.... today has been a tired day for me. :yawning

I am very nervous about getting post partum depression - so I am doing what I can to support myself nutritionally - both for baby and me.

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Am I the only one not taking one? I'm just taking folic acid (400mcg or mg, I forget which, per day). I also take EPA and DHA and I remineralize my water.
I am not taking a prenatal per se, but I am taking supplements and I do so even when not pregnant or lactating.

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I'm taking Trader Joe's brand prenatals. They're huge horse pills, but I bite them in half and take them with breakfast. They're the only kind of vitamin that hasn't made given me stomach problems (even before TTC).

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I'm taking the Rainbow Light Complete System which is a 6 a day- I'm not going to lie, the pills are huge and taking 6 is cumbersome, but I haven't had any bad reaction to them and they came highly recommended, so I haven't even bothered looking at others. HTH!

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In 2008, Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins were found to have high levels of lead. I know it was over a year ago, but that really turned me off.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php

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In 2008, Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins were found to have high levels of lead. I know it was over a year ago, but that really turned me off.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
Shyte! Now I have to find another vitamin. Every time I eat/drink/inhale/clean with something I think is safe I find out it's not!

ETA: I think I'll try this one. It doesn't have any of the herbs or enzymes that the RL had but at least it's low in LEAD! http://www.greatestherbsonearth.com/...s_prenatal.htm

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I haven't found one that I'm happy with. They all seem to be lacking in Magnesium. I looked into the RL once daly and also TJs and neither had enough. I'm queasy at the sight of most foods right now so I was hoping to find a good supplement.

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I havent picked one either. Im just taking my usual vitamin d3 at a slightly higher dose (10,000 iu/day). I was so going to head to my local health food store, but MS hit like a rock yesterday and im really dysfunctional at this point. I'll probably order a few offline and try them all. Last time I didnt take any because I couldnt even keep water down and having that huge pill come back up a few times, I decided, no point, that hurts way too much and its not even partially dissolved! Hopefully, I will have a brief bout of MS this time and not 5 months worth! Here hoping!

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Okay, I finally got out to the store and bought some vitamins. I was going to get an official prenatal, but decided there was just too much weird stuff in them and did want to risk getting some random ingredient that was going to make me barf. So, I bought several of the O Organics ones from Safeway (vit c, folic acid, iron) and Im already on liquid d3. so, hopefully i can handle them. i took them about an hour ago and feel surprisingly good considering i was throwing up this morning and have since stopped! woohoo! even the nausea is barely noticeable! knock on wood!

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I too am taking the RL one a day prenatal, and feel pretty confident that it has a good amount of what I need.

I spoke to a rep at RL today about the naturally occuring lead in their vitamins and was told that they often test their vitamins to ensure that the naturally occuring lead levels found in botanical materials used are the lowest. I am not sure if all vitamins have this naturally occuring lead; I guess it depends on what foods and botanicals are used to make the vitamin. Their website states that the study found that their vitamins contained safe ane tolerable amounts of naturally occuring lead. I live in California and like using a product that is produced in our state.

Thanks for letting me know about the natural occuring lead.

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Shyte! Now I have to find another vitamin. Every time I eat/drink/inhale/clean with something I think is safe I find out it's not!

ETA: I think I'll try this one. It doesn't have any of the herbs or enzymes that the RL had but at least it's low in LEAD! http://www.greatestherbsonearth.com/...s_prenatal.htm
Shoot, I took them with my 1st pregnancy, she was born in April 08. She's fabulous! I am going back and forth between New Chapter Organic and Rainbow Light.
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I'm also not taking one. I am relying on my food (liver and fresh greens for folate) and I am also relying on my diet for my other B vitamins, as well as zinc, magnesium and iron. I am taking Omega 3's, FCLO, and vit C powder. I am going to start with a broad spectrum probiotic (bio kult). Grassfed butter for vitamin K and homemade yoghurt for calcium (also lots of techina - sesame paste).... and that is all I can think of right now.... today has been a tired day for me. :yawning

I am very nervous about getting post partum depression - so I am doing what I can to support myself nutritionally - both for baby and me.
this is what I'm trying to do too. I don't eat corn, soy or gluten so most multi vitamins are out anyway.

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I don't intend on taking a prenatal vitamin. My diet is superb (really, it is!) and I already take Calcium, B complex, Cod liver oil, C, and folic acid. I eat fish 3 times/week so I don't worry about the DHA. Mostly I'm vegetarian so I figure I get lots of vitamins that way. I also eat yogurt as my main source of dairy, so lots of probiotics there!

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I do Rainbow Light One a Day, Carlson's Fish Oil, and Vit D

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Just wanted to BUMP!!! I noticed another Mommy asking, thought this might help!!!

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I'm taking New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal. It's whole food based and doesn't make me sick, even on an empty stomach. It's 3 a day.

I'm also taking fish oil, COq10, Vit D, baby aspirin and extra folic acid (the last 2 for possible blood clotting issues).

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Im taking CitraNatal Assure pills....so far they've agreed with my body. Its 2 pills per day (one is the multivit, the other the plant based DHA pill) and I take them at night.

Its more of a convenience for me to take these, as my midwife said I can just take samples from our office for the duration of my pregnancy!!

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I just switched over to New Chapter Wholemega and I cannot believe how soft my skin is. I don't get the fishy burps either. I am really impressed by it.

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I take those. They are a 6 a day regimen. Lots of our vitamins are water soluble and peed out throughout the day. Those need to be replenished. I feel awesome though.


I don't feel like the prescription ones fully dissolve in your gut thus not giving you the full benefit of them. I have read that the people that wash out port a johns have a hard time scrubbing out the undissolved pills people take.

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In 2008, Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins were found to have high levels of lead. I know it was over a year ago, but that really turned me off.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008...n-vitamins.php
oh, man! i wish I hadn't read that

I take the once daily ones. Guess I gotta go shopping.

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