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what's everyone taking? Is the cost killing anyone else? We're spending upwards of $100 a month on this stuff. So far I am taking<br><br>
-perfect prenatal<br>
-energizing iron<br>
-fish oil<br>
-coenzyme b complex<br>
-perfect food<br><br>
and I will add alfalfa or chlorophyll and then goatein for protien shakes when DH gets paid next. I'm taking like 25 pills a day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> I could probably stop the coenzyme B, I was taking it before I started taking the prenatal, but I feel like it does give me some extra energy. I guess I'll know better once I get settled with a midwife.
 

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Woah!<br>
I thought I was being really cautious when I took gummi bear vitamins while we were TTC (to ensure the 400mg of folic acid) and once the Pregnancy Test came back positive I went to SunHarvest and bought a Prenatal. It's made by Nature's Plus and called Source of Life Prenatal. I think it was 90 tablet for $20 or so.<br>
I chose that one because I only need to take two per day.<br>
Some of them required you to take 6 a day!<br>
So far this one hasn't made me feel sick so it's a winner for me. It also has a probiotic componenet to it so I thought it was a really good buy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I am a firm believer in natural foods though. I use the prenatal as a back up but ideally I strive to get my nutrition/vitamins from food sources.<br>
I'd rather spend the extra money on fresh produce, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I take Rainbow Light Prenatals (6 a day). It's a lot of pills, but I like them because I take them two at a time throughout the day and they don't make me feel sick like one a day pnvs do.<br><br>
Other than that, I just am taking my Prometrium. (progesterone)
 

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I'm taking 4 1mg folic acid pills per day, 2 prometrium per day (100mg each), a Neevo prenatal ("because special pregnancies need special care" GAG) and an injection of 40mg of Lovenox. I probably ought to add some absorbable iron supplements with my history of anemia, but I'll wait a little while to acclimate to all of this other stuff.
 

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Rainbow Light 6 a day (I also use Perfect Prenatal sometimes too)<br>
Carlson's Cod Liver Oil<br>
400mg folic acid<br>
Vitamineral Green<br>
Floradix Cal/Mag<br><br>
And per my mw recommendation:<br>
400IU of E every other day<br>
500mg vitamin C daily
 

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In general I am too. I think it's nuts that my IL's spend hundreds of dollars a month on supplements, when they could afford to eat wonderful healthy prefectly nutrious organic meals. My appetite is just so random during pregnancy that I know I probably won't get everything I need from food, atleast not in the beginning. I am also super severly anemic during pregnancy, so a lot of the extras are that. Believe me it's driving me crazy!
 

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Hello all you pregnant girls! I'm a doula but I stumbled across this thread and was curious about all the prenatal vitamins you take. I'm going to be formulating an herbal tea that will provide all the essential vitamins (tons of iron, calcium, C, B12, A, folic acid, and potassium as well as at least a trace of every known nutrient) if taken as four cups a day along with 4 barley juice powder capsules (or a teaspoon taken in some apple juice). I was thinking that a quart jar of the herb tea mix + a bottle of capsules (a month's supply) would cost about $50 and I thought that was exorbitant. But if you're spending $100... so tell me, would you spend $50 a month on a whole herb/food source for your prenatal vitamin? One of my clients suggested the idea, because she was worried that she wasn't absorbing the synthesized vitamin pills. So I started doing some studying on which nutrients are in which herbs and how much and realized that you can get every nutrient you need through harmless, nourishing herbs/foods. I've decided to get the tea tested once I have the proportions, to make sure it tests with the right amounts or more of each essential pregnancy vitamin. And by the way, my preceptor (CPM and herbalist) will be supervising me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The herbs in the tea, in this stage of planning, are:<br><b>Red Rasberry Leaf</b>--general toning of the uterine muscle, high in iron and super-high in manganese<br><b>Nettle</b>--high in Vitamin K and iron as well as an overall nourishing herb<br><b>Alfalfa</b>--very rich in Vitamin A, K, C, E, B12, and U. Super, super, super high in Calcium (calcium content off the charts) and chloraphyll (one of the highest chloraphyll producing plants). High in natural flouride. Contains all the known vitamins and minerals vital for life, though some are only found in trace amounts.<br><b>Kelp</b>--rich in Iodine, bromine, alginic acid, alginates (and their organic salts) as well as other nutrients that can only be obtained from sea plants. Nourishes the thyroid gland--balances hormones. Boosts the immune system by nourishing T-cells. Contains all of the minerals and vitamins considered vital to health.<br><b>Yellow Dock</b>--one of the highest iron contents in nature. Builds the immune system, nourishes the glands, and tightens varicose veins. Will help prevent infant jaundice.<br><b>Burdock</b>--good source of iron, prevents water retention and infant jaundice. Rich in countless minerals and inulin (a starch). Nourishes the whole endocrine system, but specifically the pituitary gland which is responsible for the production of prolactin, oxytocin, and leutinizing hormone among many others.<br><b>Rosehips</b>--super-high source of Vitamin C (60 times the amount of lemons) and bioflavenoids. Nourishes adrenal gland.<br><b>Oatstraw</b>--hormone balancer, helps hold calcium in the body, high in silica, keeps blood pressure normalized, helps calm nerves<br><b>Marshmallow</b>--mucilaginous and calcium rich herb. SUPER high in vitamin A--286,000 units of Vitamin A per pound of herb. In combinations, it amplifies the effects of the other herbs. Helps eliminate toxins from the body. Increases and enriches breastmilk.<br><br><br><b>Barley Grass Juice Powder</b>--30 times more vitamin B-1 than cows milk and eleven times the amount of calcium. Six times the amount of carotene than spinach. Seven times the amount of vitamin C in oranges. Also contains B12. Is a cell detoxer and neutralizes heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Boosts the immune system and helps with chronic hemmorrhoids. High in iron.<br><br>
By the way---every single ingredient is going to be 100% organically grown and the Barley Grass Juice Powder is freeze dried so it is an enzymatically active, live food.
 

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I'm taking a prenatal once a day, as the package recommends. It's the same one I took during TTC (a Danish brand). In fact I'm still on the same package, which has lasted 3.5 mos so far and cost way less than $100. It never occurred to me to take all the other stuff.
 

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Whoa, I'm only taking one PNV a day and that's it. I'll take some other stuff like red raspberry leaf and one or two others in the last trimester but I doubt I'll add much more for right now. As a pp said, I prefer to ensure I'm getting my nutrients through food.
 

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I'm taking Nature's Source Liquid Pre-natal (PNV pills make me gag).<br><br>
I'm also taking B-6 through the 1st trimester, and Cod Liver Oil.
 

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My mw just recommends folic acid for the first trimester, because prenatals can contribute to morning sickness. Then she adds a prenatal later. I also take some vit c to help fight off colds. And, since I am dairy free for my nursing ds, I need to get some calcium. But, otherwise, that's it.
 

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I'm taking:<br><br>
~NewLife Prenatals (its a whole food PNV, in the form of tiny pellets, so I take 3 pellets 3x a day)<br><br>
~Multigreens from Young Living (this helps with my thyroid and adrenal issues)<br><br>
~Burdock root from Dr. Christopher<br><br>
~Vitalherbs from Dr. Christopher<br><br>
and today I will start taking<br><br>
~Omega Blue fish oils from Young Living
 

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I'm mostly taking the standard things mentioned here: a daily prenatal vitamin, a calcium supplement, and DHA. The other, slightly more unusual supplement I'm taking is a probiotic, as it's been recommended as a way to increase my likelihood of testing negative for GBS. * Jaime
 

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I take a daily (adult chewable) multivitamin from Trader Joe's. And I take it after dinner, since with my other two pregnancies I was totally unable to take vitamins during the day. Blech. Thinking I should switch to something more "prenatal."<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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Rainbow Light Prenatal - the 1 a day<br>
Calc/Mag<br>
CLO<br>
Flax Oil<br><br>
I add chlorophyll to my soy milk in the morning.
 

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geez i'm not really taking anything at all. I take Floradix Eprestat once a day and eat very healthy fresh foods..no frozen or canned or boxed...i have no desire to start taking anything more. I trust that my body is giving my baby everything that he/she needs. I do like the idea of RRL tea...may look into taking that. But nothing else here. I feel great so far.
 

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I've only been taking the folic acid and <i>trying</i> to eat the best I can. But in all honesty, right now it hasn't been that great because of my tummy now, so I should probably start taking a prenatal. In the past though they have made my queasiness worse. Is the RRL tea good to take from the beginning? I thought it was just for the end of pregnancy getting close to the birthing time?
 

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That's what I thought. I think RRL tea was supposed to prepare teh uterus, etc. towards the end of pregnancy
 

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I'm awaiting my Rainbow Light 1 a day's (Amazon shipping sucks, but it's cheaper. meh) and trying to balance between following my cravings and getting in a decent amount of healthy food. I've been all about spinach, broccoli, and cabbage, so I think that's good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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