Prenatal vs Multi

By Latest Reply 2010-02-12 11:08:36 -0600
Started 2010-02-10 11:07:27 -0600

Is there a difference between taking a prenatal vitamin and a regular multivitamin. Are there more nutrients in one than another?

17 replies

MAYS 2010-02-11 02:53:41 -0600 Report

Liquid vitamins are a lot easier on the stomach and should be an option if you have a problem keeping them down !
Liquid Geritol has always been a recommendation of choice by many healthcare professionals outside of prescriptive use, there are many other liquid vitamins to consider.

2010-02-11 17:17:28 -0600 Report

we are NOT discussing Geritol..geez… time to move on MAYS.

MAYS 2010-02-11 17:22:16 -0600 Report

Mutually agreed upon !

Deb-G 2010-02-12 09:15:48 -0600 Report


GNC Womens Ultra Mega…absolutely everything you need in a liquid multivitamin shake that is tolerable…I put it in a blender with some ice/water and its like a milkshake…plus..its only 95 calories and 14 carbs…great mid-day snack that gives ya all you need in a day :)

and no I dont work for GNC lol

2010-02-12 11:08:36 -0600 Report

Making a note of that Deb-G..I have a discount card for GNC..definitely keeping that in the mental rolodex. Thanks lady

Kira_xo 2010-02-10 19:07:17 -0600 Report

The biggest difference is prenatals offer a higher dose of certain vitamins, that a multivitamin does not. The added "extras" are mainly to help with the fetus. But multivitamins work just as well, infact during a period of my pregnancy I ended up switching to taking a multivitamin, flintstones to be exact lol, because I had a hard time taking the prenatals due to BAD morning sickness.

Honestly tho, before my pregnancy I only took prenatals and still continue to do so since I am still in my "child bearing years". If a surpise were to happen I'd be happy knowing I was already taking prenatals. That is just my personal preference tho. lol.

Deb-G 2010-02-10 19:50:01 -0600 Report

Yes, I had the same problem tolerating the prenatals…generally finding a multi with enough folate also has the right amounts of the rest so as long as your taking something your covered…You know there's some pretty awesome supplements on the market now so totally do-able :)

I think we all agree on what the benefits are, just what is an acceptable substitute and there are many :)

Kira_xo 2010-02-10 20:16:18 -0600 Report

haha i took 2 of the flintstones gummies during my pregnancy haha. It was like the only vitamin i could keep don for a long period of my pregnancy haha. I heard there are liquid vitamins now too…I haven't tried them tho lol.

Deb-G 2010-02-10 20:35:47 -0600 Report

For sure LOL…GNC has some awesome vitamin powder supplements too that you can mix with milk (or water) and get totally everything you need daily in that one drink…so thankfully there's a ton of options :)

I've read too that flintstones are awesome for adults also…they actually contain the levels the label says (which alot of vitamins fall short)…and they taste good too! lol

2010-02-11 17:16:33 -0600 Report

DEB-G, I had never heard that I bought Centruim because they are suppose to have everything. The folic Acid is 100mg.

I will never see Flintstones the same again…wow.

2010-02-11 17:19:11 -0600 Report

Kira thats why i am taking it. I would like to have one last one and I want the "home" to be ready and nice as possible when and if it happens. The diabetes is enough of a hurdle, I don't want to add to the problem by not doing what I can.

Kira_xo 2010-02-12 00:02:21 -0600 Report

Oh, then DEF go with the prenatal! … Or two flintstones a day haha! ;]

2010-02-12 11:06:55 -0600 Report

@ Kira, lady I went to walmart and made a bee line to the They had a better price also. Thanks for the idea. awesome.

MAYS 2010-02-10 16:33:50 -0600 Report

The tag of " Know it all " doesn't fit me well :-)

Do you dispute these medical recommendations or findings :

Why do pregnant women need folic acid, iron and calcium?
Folic acid can reduce your risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, called the ‘neural tube.’ A baby with spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect, is born with a spine that is not closed. The exposed nerves are damaged, leaving the child with varying degrees of paralysis, incontinence, and sometimes mental retardation.

Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women realise they are pregnant. Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, the Department of Health recommends that you take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day while you are trying to conceive, and should continue taking this dose for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. . A woman who has had a prior child with a neural tube defect should discuss the appropriate dose of folic acid with her doctor before her next pregnancy. Studies have shown that taking a larger dose (up to 4,000 micrograms) at least one month before and during the first trimester may be beneficial.

Calcium during pregnancy can prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density, as the foetus uses the mineral for bone growth.

Iron helps both the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen.

While a daily vitamin supplement is no substitute for a healthy diet, most women need supplements to make sure they get adequate levels of these minerals.

Are all prenatal vitamins the same?
No, they are not. Look for one that includes approximately:

400 mcg of folic acid
400 IU of vitamin D
200 to 300 mg of calcium
70 mg of vitamin C
3 mg of thiamine
2 mg of riboflavin
20 mg of niacine
6 mcg of vitamin B12
10 mg of vitamin E
15 mg of zinc
17 mg of iron

Deb-G 2010-02-10 19:53:52 -0600 Report

Mays?? I think your info is fine!

There are some acceptable substitutions based on needs etc…think its all good :)

Deb-G 2010-02-10 16:20:32 -0600 Report

Not really…as long as your multivitamin includes the recommended 400 mcg. of folate your doc will generally tell you its a perfectly acceptable solution :)

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