1st Trimester

Best Prenatal Vitamin

Just this morning I had three (for accuracy of course :) ) positive pregnancy tests!!! Anyone have recommendations for a good prenatal vitamin brand? Or anything else you would like to share as mom's to be that will be helpful for these first few weeks? 
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Re: Best Prenatal Vitamin

  • Anything with folic acid (400 mcgs or greater) is a good prenatal vitamin. The latest fad is DHA and most Ob's are for this fad too.

    If you struggle taking a typical PNV (the iron is rough on many women), you can take a prenatal gummy vitamin.

    I personally buy what's on sale.
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  • abbyfulabbyful
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    Here's the vitamin regimen I've been on for several years (started about a year before TTC my son who is now 13 months old, stayed on it for breastfeeding him, I plan to keep doing this until I'm done having kids and breastfeeding).

    New Chapter Perfect Prenatal
    - No dyes.
    - No unfermented soy.
    - No synthetic vitamins.
    - Vitamin A is 100% from beta-carotene.
    - Daily dose is split into 3 pills for better absorption and to be easier on the stomach.
    - Contains probiotics for easy digestion.
    - Not "horse-pill" sized, easy to swallow.

    I also take:

    Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA
    - Recommended by the American Pregnancy Association.
    - 450 mg of DHA
    - Comes from small fish (anchovies and sardines), which don't store mercury like large carnivorous fish do. And they are more sustainable.
    - Goes through molecular distillation to remove any heavy metals.
    - Not "horse-pill" sized, easy to swallow.


    And Vitamin D! I use the drops, Carson DDrops or Vitacost, 4000 IU dosage.

    Per an article from WebMD, women who took 4000 IU of Vitamin D were: 
    Half as likely to develop gestational diabetes. 
    Half as likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia.
    Less likely to give birth prematurely.
    Less likely for both mother and baby to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.

    There has also been some speculation linking Vitamin D deficiency and autism. Though the cause of autism is still unknown, I find this an interesting theory. A few articles on the subject:
    Autism and Vitamin D (Psychology Today)

    And women who take Vitamin D during pregnancy have a 61% lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121119163331.htm

    Also, once you have baby and are breastfeeding, if you are taking ~5,000 IU of Vitamin D a day, that covers baby's requirements. (Else you should supplement baby with at least 400 IU a day.)

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  • @abbyful
    I love the infor about Vit D.  Actually a Vit D defiency has also being linked to cancers in the: breast, ovary, prostate, skin and some slight about lung and kidneys.

    In addition to been linked to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, rickets, osteoporosis... to name a few.  There are currently some studies about it and folic acid together regarding pre-term labor.

    The body does not absorb great amounts of Vit D from vitamins well. How ever the best way to absorb Vit D is 15-20 minutes of direct sunlight per day (meaning with out sun screen or through a window). I am a huge Vit D pusher.
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  • I took the prenatal gummies and they worked well for me. They didn't undue iron, though, so I had to get that from my diet.
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  • abbyful said:

    Here's the vitamin regimen I've been on for several years (started about a year before TTC my son who is now 13 months old, stayed on it for breastfeeding him, I plan to keep doing this until I'm done having kids and breastfeeding).

    New Chapter Perfect Prenatal
    - No dyes.
    - No unfermented soy.
    - No synthetic vitamins.
    - Vitamin A is 100% from beta-carotene.
    - Daily dose is split into 3 pills for better absorption and to be easier on the stomach.
    - Contains probiotics for easy digestion.
    - Not "horse-pill" sized, easy to swallow.

    I also take:

    Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA
    - Recommended by the American Pregnancy Association.
    - 450 mg of DHA
    - Comes from small fish (anchovies and sardines), which don't store mercury like large carnivorous fish do. And they are more sustainable.
    - Goes through molecular distillation to remove any heavy metals.
    - Not "horse-pill" sized, easy to swallow.


    And Vitamin D! I use the drops, Carson DDrops or Vitacost, 4000 IU dosage.

    Per an article from WebMD, women who took 4000 IU of Vitamin D were: 
    Half as likely to develop gestational diabetes. 
    Half as likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia.
    Less likely to give birth prematurely.
    Less likely for both mother and baby to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.

    There has also been some speculation linking Vitamin D deficiency and autism. Though the cause of autism is still unknown, I find this an interesting theory. A few articles on the subject:
    Autism and Vitamin D (Psychology Today)

    And women who take Vitamin D during pregnancy have a 61% lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121119163331.htm

    Also, once you have baby and are breastfeeding, if you are taking ~5,000 IU of Vitamin D a day,

    that covers baby's requirements. (Else you should supplement baby with at
    least 400 IU a day.)

    Love New Chapter Pre Natals. A friend told me about them last year since I switched I can tell a difference in myself.
    I also take Nortic Berry DHA but not the prenatal ones. I like the regular ones only difference is the regular are strawberry flavor so no fishy after taste.

    The are a little more expensive but I can tell a difference. My nails are amazing no more splitting and I feel better. I was on One A Day and them tried Symilac and neither did anything for me.

    Prenatals are a personal preference. My Dr just told me to start them. Never told me what brand.

    See above @abbyful info. Awesome!!!

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  • @abbyful did you talk to your Dr about taking vitamin D or did you just start taking it? Wonder if I should ask my Dr. I was low in vit D and was taking supplemented but not anymore.
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    Spotting,clot 2/15/13 all ok......2/21/13 no heartbeat 11 w 4 d missed miscarriage........2/22/13 DnC :(
    BFP # 2 10.10.13...........EDD 6.19.14



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  • At my first doctor appointment, they gave me a 30 day sample of Enfamil's Expecta. They gave me the 2 pack kind which has the regular prenatal vitamin, and a fish oil (without the smell or taste) to help improve baby's eyes, ears, and brain. I'm liking it so far.

    Before that, I was on Nature Made prenatals. Target has a HUGE bottle for a great price. I'd recommend either of them!
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  • abbyfulabbyful
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    @abbyful did you talk to your Dr about taking vitamin D or did you just start taking it? Wonder if I should ask my Dr. I was low in vit D and was taking supplemented but not anymore.

    I had already been taking it, and mentioned it to my OB when I was pregnant with DS and he approved of it.

    DS's pediatrician also approved it. In fact, he brought it up and told me to take 4,000-6,000 IU while breastfeeding, which I replied "already am!".
  • abbyful said:
    @abbyful did you talk to your Dr about taking vitamin D or did you just start taking it? Wonder if I should ask my Dr. I was low in vit D and was taking supplemented but not anymore.
    I had already been taking it, and mentioned it to my OB when I was pregnant with DS and he approved of it. DS's pediatrician also approved it. In fact, he brought it up and told me to take 4,000-6,000 IU while breastfeeding, which I replied "already am!".
    cool thanks will talk to the Dr about it.  Good to know!!!
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    Me (40) DH (42).......Married 7/1/11......TTC 12/2013.......BFP #1 12/30/12........EDD 9/8/13
    Spotting,clot 2/15/13 all ok......2/21/13 no heartbeat 11 w 4 d missed miscarriage........2/22/13 DnC :(
    BFP # 2 10.10.13...........EDD 6.19.14



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  • I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One. It's a food based prenatal, and the iron is non-constipating. I love it!
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  • I take the vitafusion gummy prenatals and love them.
    kaceymarie
  • I take Vitamin Code Raw PreNatals.  Love them!

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  • I take the vitafusion gummy prenatals and love them.

    I take these too. They aren't rough on my stomach either. I take the VitaFusion Prenatal gummy, then the VitaFusion Prenatal gummy fiber+calcium. Love them so far.

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  • Im with khjoyce21. I have tried a bunch of samples from my doc, but my favorite are still the Rainbow Light Prenatal One. They're super gentle on my stomach and I notice that I have less bloating when I take them (as opposed to others). Hth!

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  • Naturemade PreNatals! So great! I take them at night before bed.
  • kaceymariekaceymarie
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    I take the vitafusion gummy prenatals and love them.
    i take these. the target brand up & up though 'cause it's a few dollars cheaper & it's the same thing.
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  • I take the same!  I have to get my vitamin levels checked regularly because I had gastric bypass surgery so it is harder for me to absorb my vitamins.  Finally, after taking these pills, all of my levels have been in range. :)   I also take a Vitamin D 5000 IUI pill and an iron pill, but again that is because of my gastric bypass surgery and my limit to absorb vitamins from food.
  • I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One
  • Mrs_D_in_KYMrs_D_in_KY
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    I take the Kroger brand prenatal gummy vitamins. They're the same as the Vitafusion. Way easier on my stomach than the horse pill I was taking before.

    DS #1 born January 2010. DS #2 due June 2014.

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