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Does anyone have a favorite otc prenatal? I won't see a midwife for another 5 weeks, but I wanted to start taking one now.<br><br>
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My midwife recommends Eclectic Institute's Vita Natal formula. It's a 6 a day formula which is kind of a pain, but she says that it's more complete and bio-available than others.<br><br>
It's available at select health food stores, but I order mine online for a discount and free shipping:<a href="http://216.55.176.226/INETUCRIDGUEST_1142962483_29873_21124/catalogue/eclectic/cache/item-671public.html?cache=no" target="_blank">http://216.55.176.226/INETUCRIDGUEST....html?cache=no</a>
 

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Lots of mamas here do Rainbow Light prenatals. Available at your local HFS or Whole Foods. Or online at many different places (including the discount vitamin places). Shop around to get the best price <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I like Pregnancy Plus. I have been taking them since my first pg (they are also for nursing mom). So I never stopped taking them as I’m nursing and now am also 9 weeks pg.<br>
I was and am very happy with them; I usually have low hemoglobin, but they kept it nice and high even during my pg. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks for the suggestions Mamas!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love my Rainbow Light. It is by far the best supplement I have ever taken.
 

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Solgar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
It was the <b>only one</b> i found that fit what I found to be the suggested requirements without going over on Vit A (linked to birth defects for baby and headaches for mommy)...
 

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I use SuperNutrition and I love it.<br>
They are one of the few that contain calcium.<br>
They're pretty spendy but I think they're great, I might be superstitious but I think they may be what kept me from having morning sickness perhaps.<br><br><a href="http://www.supernutritionusa.com/prenatal.blend.html" target="_blank">http://www.supernutritionusa.com/prenatal.blend.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Solgar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
It was the <b>only one</b> i found that fit what I found to be the suggested requirements without going over on Vit A (linked to birth defects for baby and headaches for mommy)...</div>
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Can you link me to any info on that? I did have a lot of headaches when I was pregnant with dd.<br><br>
And thanks for all the help Mamas!
 

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I use Rainbow Light, the Complete Food Based Prenatal. You can get them cheaper at vitacost.com<br><br>
If you're willing to pay more, I hear great things about New Chapter... which are (I believe) Organic and they contain probiotics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Calcium is best taken separately because it can interfere with iron absorption.
 

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I'm gonna buck the trend and say that yeah, the bio-available cruchy ones are nice, but I (and several people I've talked to) haven't been able to take them. I sadly ended up just doing the CVS brand ones. After spending about sixty bucks trying out different kinds of better ones. They all made me sick. Regimen of multiple *huge* pills, stinky powders--I was throwing up from taking them, or gagging on them.<br><br>
It's proly a good idea to try the better ones, but I think yer basic store brand is a decent fall-back position if nothing works out. just mho.
 

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I too switched over to the CVS brand ones after stopping my first prenatal (Solgar) because it had soy protein isolate (soy has become highly contentious these days, especially the highly processed isolate form) and amino acids including l-arginine --again, very contentious. before ingesting l-arginine it has to have the correct "rider" attached to it, otherwise it can wreak havoc in the body. of course this prenatal had extremely small amounts of the substance, but my thought was, why bother with something that's hotly debated as to its safety? in large amounts it has even caused death and a recent JAMA study on it had to be canceled because of subjects dying (see <a href="http://www.arginineanswers.com" target="_blank">http://www.arginineanswers.com</a>)<br><br>
So then I got another prenatal from the health food store but this one had PABA in it and according to <a href="http://www.gettingwell.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/par_0194.shtml" target="_blank">this pdr reference site</a> "PABA should be avoided by children, pregnant women and nursing mothers."<br><br>
Hmmm...*someone* out there in that vitamin company (and many others at that) felt like PABA is good for pregnant women. But again, if there are some medical references advising against it, I'd rather not chance it. I'm sure baby and mama will be okay without it in my prenatal!<br><br>
So after all that frustration, I finally got the CVS vitamins...they have average levels of the vitamins and minerals (no 4000% RDA stuff like some vitamins) and are vegetarian to boot! plus they don't have the nasty smell and taste of some of the other vitamins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I like buying my prenatal pills from Target(Target Brand), they're inexpensive but get the job done...oh the CVS brand are good, too.
 

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You know, I actually forgot to mention which ones I'm taking... d'oh! My MW likes the Prenatal Forte vitamins from NF Formulas. They're pricey, but I get a discount b/c she orders them in bulk for all her clients.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can you link me to any info on that? I did have a lot of headaches when I was pregnant with dd.<br><br>
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It's been so long since I did my research <i>(I started mine over a year before TTC, so that I would have enough built up in my system when I got pg, since research shows that's when it really is important, and I'd been on the pill, and my doc warned me that the pill inhibits your ability to absorb folate, so even if you take a multi when you're on the pill, your body is deficent in at least folate... so I went off the pill for a year and took prenatals for a year before TTC-- granted, a year is a long time... and that was partly because of a trip that got planned<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ... anyhow...)</i> .... <b>but</b> if you try googeling, I'll bet you come up with all kinds of stuff. Beta caroten is better than what';s the other one. CA actually has warnings about it-- if you buy vitamins at Whole Foods, they list the warning that pregnant women should watch Vit A consumption.... thing is, you DO need some.... it's a balancing act, like so much else!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Just wanted to add a few moms I know online elsewhere started using New Chapter and are really happy with them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm still really well stocked up on Rainbow Light Complete so I'm going to finish those up for now.<br><br>
I take extra calcium/magnesium and garlic extract for my BP as well as taking Flax Seed Oil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've never gotten around to getting any fish oil... I have issues, I'm extremely picky about red meat, avoid pork products for kosher/health reasons and can't abide chicken or fish really. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/2whistle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="2whistle">:
 

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i take Simply One one per day prenatals (as my everyday vitamins) made by Super Nutrition<br><br>
they are 100% vegetarian (most prenatals i read had gelatin in them, as a binder i assume?) and they are hypoallergenic with no yeast no wheat gluten buckwheat pollen dairy corn or soy residue or hidden additives.<br>
the list of ingredients an %ages would take forever to type out.<br><br>
it has only 10% vitamin a, and the calcium is at 21% so i make sure to get calcium from food sources.<br><br>
i buy them for under 10 bucks a bottle that lasts a month at my local HFS.
 
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