the prenatal vitamin dilemma

The first thing I did when I found out that I was with child was bid adieu to my beloved champagne and jetted to Whole Food to tackle the prenatal vitamin labyrinth. What I found so shocking was the prices. $53 for a bottle of vitamins – really? But, being the great mom that I am going to be, I read all the bottles and decided to go with the one that said, “Gentle on the stomach.” Yes, that is what I needed, for weeks, I have felt like a sophomore coed after a big night out with the football team. Hang over? Morning sickness? Is this God’s irony in action? The last thing I wanted was to be more ill after swallowing a horse pill. Nothing like those vitamin burps – ick!

The first brand I bought was Super Nutrition at around $23 for 30 pills. This is the brand that said it was gentle on the stomach and I only had to take one a day. Mind you, the pill is the size of a quarter (OK a little exaggeration there!). I did feel ill around 30 minutes after I took the pill. And since eating was not on the top of my list of Fun Activities, I had to make sure that I had something in my tummy when I took it. Now this was on top of my usual morning sickness – which lasted way beyond the morning hours.

So, I decided to go back to the store and find another alternative. I picked up New Chapter Organic at around $25 for 48 pills. It was rated a “Buyers’ Choice” so I bought it. Ah, I got it home and found out that I had to take THREE A DAY! What! I lasted one day with this brand. I got super sick and I just could not handle the pain anymore.

Then…. I saw my doctor and I told her how miserable I was with all-day morning sickness and gross prenatal pill. She told me the best thing I have heard in weeks: All you need to take is children’s gummy or chewable vitamins and just double up the dose. If the bottle says, “take 2” then take 4. So, I went to Safeway and for a whopping $8 for 150, I picked up Flintstones Sour Gummies! I love these things and I take more than I need a day – just because they taste so good! Here is the breakdown:

8 Gummy Flintstones:

I also take 200 mg of B6, 100 mg of DHA and 99mg of Potassium, which don’t upset my belly.

Folic acid: 800 mcg

Vitamin A: 8000 IU

Vitamin C: 120 mg

Vitamin D: 800 IU

Vitamin E: 80 IU

Vitamin B12: 20 mcg

Vitamin B6: 4 mg

Zinc: 10 mg

1 Super Nutrition, Simply One Prenatal:

As you can see, this one has a lot more vitamins and minerals than Flintstones. But it’s a hard pill to swallow.

Folic acid: 1,000 mcg

Vitamin A: 3000 IU

Vitamin C: 150 mg

Vitamin D: 700 IU

Vitamin E: 120 IU

Vitamin B12: 30 mcg

Vitamin B6: 35 mg

Zinc: 32 mg

3 New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal:

I was not able to take 3 of these in a day. The first pill got me super sick. For a  full list of vitamins and mineral, check out their website.

Folate: 600 mcg

Vitamin A: 5000 IU

Vitamin C: 60 mg

Vitamin D3: 1000 IU

Vitamin E: 30 IU

Vitamin B12: 30 mcg

Vitamin B6: 5 mg

Zinc: 7.5 mg

I really want to do what is best for my baby, but I also want to make it through the day without getting sick. So, for now, I will stick to the Flintstone Gummy Vitamins.

Got any advice or recommendations? I would love to hear!

jetset mama

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