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05-13-2002 11:41 AM
valeria_vi KeysMama,
and what are they?
do you mind sharing the info you've got on different types of them with us?
05-10-2002 07:30 PM
guestmama9924 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.
05-10-2002 07:25 PM
Ravenmoon 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.
05-10-2002 01:23 PM
Originally posted by lovinglife
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.
05-10-2002 12:46 PM
indigolilybear bump
04-06-2002 10:55 PM
CrunchyGranolaMom 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)????
04-06-2002 05:19 PM
z-girl 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.
04-05-2002 10:20 PM
leafylady 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.
04-05-2002 09:10 PM
saige 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.
04-05-2002 08:55 PM
thebipper too..I can't keep any prenatal vitamins down they make me so sick. thanks
04-05-2002 05:31 PM
AngelaB could i have a copy also?
04-05-2002 04:14 PM
cornflake girl Lara I would love a copy of that, too! We don't have word though. Thanks a million!

04-05-2002 01:33 PM
precious moments 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
04-05-2002 12:47 PM
laralou 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.
04-05-2002 12:11 PM
valeria_vi could I slo get a copy as well? teh e-mail is valeria_vi[@] (remove the brackets around the @ sign)
04-05-2002 12:05 PM
saige Can you send it to me,too Lara? My email's
04-05-2002 11:56 AM
laralou 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!)
04-05-2002 11:50 AM
saige 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.
04-05-2002 11:41 AM
jasnjakesmama That sounds intersting Lara, I'd love to have a look at it when you are done. I am always trying to improve my diet, pregnant or not.
04-05-2002 10:24 AM
laralou 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).
04-05-2002 02:03 AM
jasnjakesmama 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.
04-05-2002 01:54 AM
Zoe For the girl whose midwive said not to take prenate vits. . . I would really reconsider, and do research. My friend followed that advice, and her dd was born with many health problems, that it really makes you think. It wouldn't hurt to give your baby a little extra.
04-03-2002 11:06 PM
AmyG I'm not pregnant yet but trying to get that way. I take a chewable children's vitamin (Rugrats ) and a separate folic acid supplement. I get the full 400 mg of folic acid in the multivitamin, so I don't take the supplement every single day.

I don't like the fact that children's vitamins now have artificial sweeteners. I'm pretty sure they used to have regular sugar in them when I was young.
04-03-2002 09:08 PM
jasnjakesmama My midwives too reccommended that I not take the prenatal. This was after reviewing my diet, which is pretty healthy. But I can understand the concern of being on the road. We just got back from vacation and I know I didn't eat well while we were out. If I would have had my multi vitamin with me, I would have taken it. Especially if I were pregnant.
04-03-2002 01:09 PM
laralou I know they say that beta carotene is okay, but I have also read a study of women who eat over a pound of carrots a day and found they stop ovulating. Makes me nervous.

Saige, I am with you on the diet. I was just worried when we travel and have less control over my diet (I know too much about how important it is to get all the right nutrients). I also read that it is useful if you are having morning sickness which is usually triggered by the very vegetables that you need to eat.
04-03-2002 12:57 PM
boobykinmamma I'm not pregnant yet but we're planning to start trying for #2 in July, so I want to start taking prenatals soon. Last pregnancy I used Solgar, which I liked, but Rainbow Light sounds even better to me because it's totally food-based and has green foods in it, which are great for pregnancy. I did some surfing on the net last night and found a bunch of sites that sell vitamins and supplements at a great discount. I also found out that rainbow light has a prenatal called prenatal one--just one vitamin a day gives you everything you need. They sold for around $20 on most sites, compared to around $36 retail. Even with shipping it's a great price--I'm gonna order
a full-pregnancy supply all at once because I think the shipping is the same for up to a certain weight.

regarding the vitamin A--it depends on what type it is. Beta Carotene is fine in larger amounts. I think it's Retinol or some other type that is not safe beyond a certain amount.
04-03-2002 12:56 PM
saige My midwives told me not to take any,just eat healthy.But I've heard MAJOR bad things about materna,so there's one NOT to take.(Both my midwives and naturopath said there iron levels are at a toxic level-that's why so many women feel sick after taking them).
04-03-2002 12:53 PM
Serenity I think it depends on the type of vitamin A. My understanding is that Vitamin A palmitate should be limited, but Vitamin A from beta-carotene is ok. Wish I could remember where I read that. Anyway, I showed my family doctor/nutritionist my rainbow light prenatals and he said the vitamin A levels were fine.
04-03-2002 12:23 PM
laralou I got Rainbow Light after researching it but was curious about everyone else. I like that it is 6 pills so that if I ate perfectly that day, I don't have to take them all. But when we are on the road, I can take them all since it is hard to eat great when you are traveling.

I just got concerned because at the health food store yesterday, I noticed that one prenatal had 165% recommended vit A. Too much vit A can cause you to miscarry, so I thought that was pretty reckless.
03-18-2002 02:01 AM
indigolilybear i used superfoods brand which i was told was the best since they are from food sources (similar to rainbow light i think) I really liked them and felt intuitively taht they were powerful vitamins....natural, and rich. I think that is one of the biggest differences between generic brands and the higher priced health food ones....the life that is in them. they also had rasberry leaves, alfalfa, other superfoods in them too.
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