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<p>We are trying for baby #3 and I would REALLY like to find some prenatal vitamins that aren't horse pills!</p>
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<p>My first 2 pregnancies I purchased the Rainbow Light multis and I really tried to be good about taking them but was lucky if I managed to choke down one a day. I have a hard time swallowing pills at the best of times, let alone when I have morning sickness. I just gave up on vitamins altogether for the past year but now my body is feeling the effects <img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></p>
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<p>Can anyone recommend a prenatal that is smaller, or maybe a soft gel or a capsule instead?</p>
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<p>Also, has anyone used Carlson brand soft gels? Just picked some up from the store but they were very pricey so if anyone can suggest something cheaper I will return these...</p>
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<p>Heidi</p>
 

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<p>Buried Treasure makes a liquid. I looked into it, it might be low on something - iron?, and it's expensive, so it might be something to get you past the first trimester.</p>
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<p>Kirkman labs makes one, Perry Prenatal, it's a hypoallergenic brands, so it's not whole foods, but it's a small capsule for 2x a day and it's pretty cheap.</p>
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<p>Right now I am taking everything seperately. I take liquid cal/mag/vit D, seperate iron with folic acid, b-12 and c, b-6 pill and then some of my DD no-iron gummy vitamins because she didn't like the taste and I didn't want to waste them.</p>
 

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<p>It's more labour intensive, but I actually count the values of folic acid, iron, etc. in my food, and increase certain foods as needed to recommended pregnancy intakes. I started doing this because I would throw up instantly after taking a prenatal vitamin.</p>
 

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There's also chewables prenatals.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>imogenlily</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285675/prenatal-vitamins-i-can-actually-swallow#post_16118957"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>It's more labour intensive, but I actually count the values of folic acid, iron, etc. in my food, and increase certain foods as needed to recommended pregnancy intakes. I started doing this because I would throw up instantly after taking a prenatal vitamin.</p>
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<br><br><p><span><img alt="yeahthat.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/yeahthat.gif"> I can't tolerate Rainbow Light, either, but they are the best I can find (and highly recommended by my midwife) as far as what they contain. I have yet to see a chewable prenatal that comes anywhere close to them. Instead, I take all kinds of other stuff every day:</span></p>
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<p>- calcium magnesium (a recent addition to my daily routine, recommended by my midwife because I have had some issues with borderline blood pressure and edema)</p>
<p>- 1qt per day of my midwife's homemade pregnancy tea, which contains alfalfa, nettles, raspberry leaf, rose hips, etc. She says that 1qt per day is equal to taking a prenatal.</p>
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<p>It's a huge pain to sit there every morning with all those pills looming before me, but at least I can swallow them. Rainbow Light is like torture!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>nova22</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285675/prenatal-vitamins-i-can-actually-swallow#post_16119632"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>- 1qt per day of my midwife's homemade pregnancy tea, which contains alfalfa, nettles, raspberry leaf, rose hips, etc. She says that 1qt per day is equal to taking a prenatal.</p>
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I do this tea, too!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the tips everyone! Maybe I will try to take everything separately...</p>
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<p>I have never seen chewable prenatals. What company makes them?</p>
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<p>I also learned about Concept DHA...</p>
<p><a href="http://www.uspco.com/conceptdha/" target="_blank">http://www.uspco.com/conceptdha/</a></p>
<p>They claim to be smaller than other prenatals, but are prescription only (and what is up with those creepy anime-esque illustrations?)</p>
 

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<p>I take a chewable adult multivitamin.  It has less folic acid and less iron than a prenatal, but is pretty much the same in every other way.  I also drink RRL tea and try to get a good amount of dairy for the calcium.</p>
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<p>During my last pregnancy, my husband cut my Rainbow Light vitamins in half and sanded down the rough edges. <span><img alt="partners.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/partners.gif">  But I couldn't even deal with that this time.  And I feel like I eat a pretty balanced diet.</span></p>
 

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<p>During my last pregnancy, my husband cut my Rainbow Light vitamins in half and sanded down the rough edges.<span>  </span></p>
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<p>Who makes an adult chewable? I honestly have never seen them...and believe me, I've looked :)</p>
 

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<p>My Rainbow Light vitamins are capsules, not tablets, so I can open them up and sprinkle them on food or add them to a smoothie. It even suggests that on the label.</p>
 

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<p>I've found prenatal gummy chewables! I found them at Kroger but I've seen them at Target too. The brand is VitaFusion (I think). It has folic acid and DHA, but it doesn't have iron. I need the iron desperately so I take Flintstones Complete chewables every other day and then the prenatal gummy on the other days.</p>
 

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<p>I get my adult chewable at Trader Joes.  I know their prenatals are from Rainbow Light.  Maybe the adult chewables are too??</p>
 

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<p>My OB has told me that over the counter prenats are good enough because they don't contain enough folic acid.  He said I should have 1000 mg (or whatever it's measured in, I can't remember) and my VitaFusion gummis only have 800 or something like that.  Anyone else heard this?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jayray</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285675/prenatal-vitamins-i-can-actually-swallow#post_16120499"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p> </p>
<p>During my last pregnancy, my husband cut my Rainbow Light vitamins in half and sanded down the rough edges. <span><img alt="partners.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/partners.gif">  But I couldn't even deal with that this time.  And I feel like I eat a pretty balanced diet.</span></p>
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<p>I think the recommendation is 800mcg during pregnancy, unless you have a strong history of neural tube defects, and then it's 1000mcg-4000mcg depending on what your provider recommends.</p>
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<p>Bellybar makes a chewable prenatal, but I haven't read the label to know if it's sufficient enough.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>yell</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285675/prenatal-vitamins-i-can-actually-swallow#post_16131489"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My OB has told me that over the counter prenats are good enough because they don't contain enough folic acid.  He said I should have 1000 mg (or whatever it's measured in, I can't remember) and my VitaFusion gummis only have 800 or something like that.  Anyone else heard this?</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jayray</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285675/prenatal-vitamins-i-can-actually-swallow#post_16125620"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I get my adult chewable at Trader Joes.  I know their prenatals are from Rainbow Light.  Maybe the adult chewables are too??</p>
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SIGH! If only they had Trader Joes here in Texas <img alt="bawling.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bawling.gif"></p>
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<p>Thanks SO much for all the helpful info everyone. I checked on the <a href="http://www.rainbowlight.com" target="_blank">Rainbow Light website</a> (which I probably should have done in the first place). Their <a href="http://www.rainbowlight.com/Categories.aspx?Category=4cba5760-c84c-4821-86be-bba2d30040ad" target="_blank">Certified Organic prenatals</a> are the ones in capsule form that can be sprinkled on food. I think I will give them a try. They don't contain calcium, which to me is a plus, since calcium inhibits iron absorption I'd rather take my calcium separate from my iron anyway.</p>
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<p>In case it is helpful to anyone else...Rainbow Light also makes some tablets called <a href="http://www.rainbowlight.com/Categories.aspx?Category=bc5a36c4-6236-46af-9ba9-325206f52641" target="_blank">Prenatal Petite</a> which are smaller than the regular prenatal tablets. There are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fcustomer-media%2Fproduct-gallery%2FB002CPRLH6%2Fref%3Dcm_ciu_pdp_images_0%3Fie%3DUTF8%26index%3D0" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">photos</a> of the pills on Amazon showing their size relative to other pills and they do look a lot smaller! So between those and the prenatal chewables other people mentioned, it seems I've got lots of options...hooray! <img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif"></p>
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<p>Thanks again!</p>
 
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