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March 21st, 2013, 06:35 PM
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What kind are you taking?

For my last two pregnancies (2008 & 2011), my midwife wrote me a prescription for them. This time they just told me to buy them OTC. They didnt even give any recommendations. Thought that was a little weird.
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March 21st, 2013, 06:40 PM
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That is strange! I'm taking previt by prescription. We're fully covered for meds so it's cheaper for me this way. Before that I was taking materna, and was told as long as it has folic acid all of them are more or less the same.
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March 21st, 2013, 07:01 PM
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I just take OTC generic from Walmart, and my doctor said those are just fine. He said now OTC are just as good as any prescription vitamins they could offer.
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March 21st, 2013, 07:11 PM
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if u have meijer by you, get a doc to write you a rx for any generic prenatal with dha and they are free there
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March 21st, 2013, 07:16 PM
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I use OTC. I got samples of different brands from the doctor, but 3 of the 4 samples were chewable and they had the same dose of nutrients as my Target brand.
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March 21st, 2013, 07:18 PM
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Super strength iron prescriptions with practically no labels? Haha they just give them to me when I pick up my zofran.
I also take the gummy ones when I can't swallow the horse pills. I asked a pharmacist and he was like "Eh..as long as it's got folic acid in the first trimester they're all the same"
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March 22nd, 2013, 03:52 AM
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I have OTC ones too, Quest chewables.
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March 22nd, 2013, 04:14 AM
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I'm taking Materna and extra folic acid.
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March 22nd, 2013, 04:33 AM
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I have never gotten a RX for prenatals. I have always taken OTC. I take the ones with a yellow label and green bottle, Nature Valley or something like that. I get them at Walmart.
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March 22nd, 2013, 04:42 AM
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March 22nd, 2013, 05:22 AM
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I have the gummy ones but haven't been able to keep them down for about a month.
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March 22nd, 2013, 05:38 AM
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The only thing my doctor said about OTC is they tend to not have the same levels of iron in them as their prescription counterparts so he wants me to focus on getting more iron into my diet. I choose to take Rainbow Light Prenatal Ones, as well as a Rainbow Light DHA supplement. I really like them and for me at least they are easy to keep down.
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March 22nd, 2013, 08:35 AM
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I just use the OTC ones, my doctor never even mentioned a prescription version.
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March 22nd, 2013, 09:03 AM
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I just take the generic version of women's one a day and my midwife said that is fine. I eat a very good diet and keep a log to make sure I am getting nutrients mostly through food. I have also taken two flinstones before, on my OB's recommendation. Honestly, they are cheaper than prenatals, I often have a coupon, and I like the way they taste LOL Easy to remember to take them I'd be doing the flinstones now though, but I have this huge bottle of daily vitamins already that I don't want to waste. They'd be expired by the time I'm not pregnant anymore. Like I said, my midwife said that would be fine.
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March 22nd, 2013, 09:07 AM
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I just take some generic Target ones and extra folic acid. I'm sure I'll need to start taking iron again in 3rd trimester.
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March 22nd, 2013, 09:16 AM
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I take folic acid but haven't taken it for a while as I can't keep them down
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March 22nd, 2013, 09:26 AM
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I ordered the rainbow light ones because they had iron in them and the gummies I was taking did not. So far so good.
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March 22nd, 2013, 09:37 AM
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I was taking gummy prenatals and extra folate, b6 and b12, but about a week after MS started I couldn't take them any more. It made me gag and barf. My RE said don't worry about it. She said at this point the folate did what I needed it to do. I can't wait to start taking my vitamins again in a couple weeks when I am hopefully feeling better. I was able to get them down twice in the last three weeks but the after taste is awful!

I didn't take any vitamins with either of my daughters because I had bad IBS. Instead I ate fortified cereal to ensure I was getting enough folate and other basic vitamins. It worked out great for them.

This time I too will try iron (low dose, high dose does not work with my stomach) in the third trimester, because if I don't I end up eating ice like it is going out of style.
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March 22nd, 2013, 12:04 PM
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I was precribed Vinate by the OB. I was taking it religiously until 9 weeks. But after that, I haven't been able to take them. I mention t o my Dr. and she suggested starting the Flintstone chewables or gummies if I don't start feeling better in a cpl of weeks. Well see..
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March 22nd, 2013, 12:10 PM
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I take the generic Target ones too...seem to be doing the job
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