Not All Prenatal Vitamins Are Created Equal

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You know they are good for you, and you know you have to take them! Prenatal vitamins are power packed with all the vitamins and minerals that you will need for a healthy pregnancy, and they help to protect every organ and function of your own body. But not all vitamins are created equal.

Before conception, and during pregnancy you should get at least 800 mg of Folic Acid daily. 

The CDC recommends that every woman of childbearing age, take prenatal vitamins to reduce the risk of birth defects in babies. Folate or Folic Acid is the all-important nutrient that very few people consume enough of through their regular diet. Before conception, and during pregnancy you should get at least 800 mg of Folic Acid daily. Unfortunately, by the time most women know they are pregnant the usefulness of folic acid has long since passed. If you are thinking about having a baby, then find a high quality prenatal vitamin and make sure you take it every day.

Even if you don’t become pregnant, they are full of everything you need to make the most of your body. If you are trying to conceive, look at the ingredients and make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains zinc, which can help aide in fertility.

Often, your doctor will give you a prescription for a prenatal vitamin. Still, you can find many at your local pharmacy that are just as good as your prescription brands. Make sure that you compare the amounts of nutrients side by side to make sure you are choosing one that gives you the most.

Also, realize that many women are anemic and iron is important; however, you should talk to your doctor before consuming too much iron during pregnancy.


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Not All Prenatal Vitamins Are Created Equal

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  1. cassie says:

    I found a wonderful, food-based multivitamin. The brand name is Rainbow Light, Complete Prenatal System. It’s gluten-free, as well as milk/dairy free. This one is recommended while tryingbto conceive, while pregnant and nursing so iys one of those all around good vitamins. I’ve taken these after just eating a handful of peanuts and they havent upset my stomach. It also has kept me regular with bowel movements(that makes me excited in itself, lol). This bottle contains 180 tablets (horse pills(big) is more like it, as most prenatals are & I take mine with non acidic juice because theyre not the best tasting) its suggested 6 tablets a day: 3 twice a day or 2, three times a day…easier to go with 3 twice a day. There are different prenatals with this brand, i just got the biggest bottle of this brand my grocery store offered and it was only about $30

    • Andria says:

      I had been getting really bad headaches and finally put two and two together and they started as soon as I began to take Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins. So these did NOT work for me. They made my headaches really really bad.

    • cassie says:

      I actually switched over to the regular prenatal, same brand, so now I’m only required yo take one a day instead of six. The other one mentioned above has more than required doses, so I figure since I eat better and more frequently during pregnancy I dont need as much in a vitamin. Costs about the same and 160 capsules. Consider also taking a DHA supplement in addition, as these vitamins dont contain it, unless I’ve looked over and missed it.

  2. 1sTimeMom says:

    I wish they would have given us a top 5 list of the best prenatal vitamins

  3. Tanisha says:

    I just found out I am 7 weeks pregnant! YAY me! I’m so excited. I when to grab some prenatal vitamins at the store and decided on some gummy vitamins because my morning sickness is pretty bad, so I didn’t want to try swallowing some pills just to throw them up you know? Does anyone know if there are some major con’s that come with the gummy vitamins?

  4. Bridgette says:

    I’m 5 weeks pregnant and have been taking New Chapter Perfect prenatal multivitamin. Its organic and has herbal blend but does not contain an of the ingredients mentioned in the article. Is this safe. I’ve had a few cramps lately and headaches but thought this was all due to pregnancy hormones. I don’t want to take generic vitmains because some do contain sodium which i cant have. Any suggestions? Should I switch?

  5. Keri says:

    Nurse here …. Its actually 800 mcg NOT mg of folic acid!!!! 800 mgc is equivalent to 0.8 mg. 800mg of folic acid is WAY too much!

  6. Jacqueline says:

    I was already taking prenatal vitamins for health; surprisingly I stopped taking them being busy in the month of Jan. But I just found out that I am expecting so I started back the day after I found out. Im only 2 plus weeks now. I notice I have a headache but im reading on hear that is one of the side effects. But it says drinking water or taking it at night should help eliminate some of that you are feeling. (Grace) God Bless you!!!

  7. Grace says:

    prenatal vitamins make me nauseous… i haven’t had the money this pregnancy to buy any however and i wonder if maybe they would help with the current nausea i am having daily 24/7

    • Jacqueline says:

      hi I wrote a message above yours; I was just looking into the vitamins; I have a small headache and was just so happen reading on here about prenatal vitamins.

  8. Melissa says:

    Mine taste like cardboard. But they aren’t that bad taking them.

  9. Dario says:

    She had 3 diff. kind and she doesn’t like any of them but she’s still taking them

  10. Andrea says:

    since I have a hard time taking pills my doctor told me to take Flinstone’s vitamins…I brough the bottle to my doctor and she said they had everything in them except calcium and iron…she said not to worry about the iron and calcium right away because they werent totally necessary in the first weeks….and she would do blood work at week 8 to see if i needed to add vitamins in later…..I never hurts to check…and by not cheking u could do more harm then good….awesome article

  11. Heatherly says:

    If you go to a health food store or atleast buy a really really good type of prenatal that’s made from whole foods, not chemicals, you should truly be able to take it without getting sick to your stomach. I am that type of person. Now I take this type of prenatal and I can take it on an emtpy stomach if I really have to.

  12. Marina says:

    Baby & Me prenatal vitamins by MegaFood and PreNatal gummy vitamins by VitaFusion are the best.

  13. Marilyn says:

    I couldn’t keep them down towards the beginning of my pregnancy. Later on I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum at 13 weeks. I was given some zofran to help keep everything down and I have been feeling well and doing great ever since 🙂

  14. kelsey says:

    If you are able to keep the pill down for 15 minutes than you are getting enough nutrients. I had the same problem when I was pregnant. I couldn’t keep anything down. If I were you, I would drink minimal amounts of water when you take it in the middle of the day. Don’t eat anything if you can’t keep anything down. Sit still and try to keep it down for at least 15 minutes. But just a warning, if you can’t keep anything down all day, you are at extreme risk for dehydration. I had to be hospitalized because it is still dangerous to you. But baby should be fine.

    • Grace says:

      thank you that is good information to know. i so wondered if the pills did any good because my first pregnancies i always ended up with the vitamins going all the way threw me.

  15. LadyTitan says:

    Oh my! I know how you feel. Sometimes, the thing that’s supposed to help us the most can sometimes make us feel worse. God bless us and our poor little babies (we go thru so much during pregnancy)! By the way, what a beautiful baby girl!

  16. I am 10 weeks pregnant and I try to take my prenatal but within 10 minutes its in the toilet. I can not keep it down for anything. I take one prenatal and one DHA pill. They both make me vomit the pill up whole. Im am worried about my baby because I can barley eat one meal a day. Can someone please contact me and let me know of anything I can do. I am waiting for insurance to see a doctor so I cant ask them. Thanks in advance.

    • Tiare says:

      @Doris, I had really bad Morning Sickness just like what you’re describing. I asked around and a few ppl told me that Ginger Pills or the Ginger Chews help with the Nausea. I Picked up some Ginger RootPills from my Local Walgreens…they were about $7-$8 for a bottle with 100 capsules in it. They helped me be able to eat and hold food down. I haven’t tried the Ginger Chews because i don’t like Ginger but i heard that they come in different flavors so maybe these might help. I hope You read this ad I hope it help You 🙂 Good Luck with your Pregnancy.

      • Tiare says:

        The Ginger Root Pills are all Natural too, so they are safe to take with your Prenatal. Also, I tried taking my Prenatal in the morning @ 1st but it made me Vomit, so I started taking them @ night with my Dinner. Its been fine for me, maybe that might help as well 🙂

  17. SamHarris says:

    Often the ones at the store can work just as well or better from my research I have done on them.

  18. SamHarris says:

    Then why do I hear they are not good for women to take if they are not pregnant? There is a lot of confusion going around about that. I started taking the gummy ones so let’s see how they do for me.

  19. __jackie4 says:

    this article was very informative

  20. Marina says:

    Due to my terrible nausea I alternated taking regular prenatal vitamins with gummy prenatal vitamins by Vitafision (depending on level of nausea / vomiting)

  21. i know most prenatal’s i’ve taken so far make me feel pretty sick so my doctor is giving me some that help with nasea on top of prenatals that prevent the same thing

  22. Asia says:

    My ob-gyn took me off of my pre-natal vitamins and iron because they made me deathly ill…so now I take flintstones vitamins

  23. jean says:

    on the prenatal vitamins. very informative. I will check mine out to see what is actually in them . ty for the info.

  24. Janice says:

    Vitamins are good for us, to help us take in what we need. It is different when you are pregnant because your body needs more, and the right amount matters. I got mine from my doctor, but that was a while ago, and things have improved, and more options make it easier to obtain what you need.

  25. Janice says:

    I was prescribed vitamins.

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