My nutritionist didn’t give me a list of prenatal vitamins, she just told me which bottle to buy: New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal. And something about the chemistry of it all means I also have to take their Bone Strength supplement, too. I don’t know exactly why, but I trust Jan. And she knows that we don’t have tons of money.
- The downsides?
- I have to take three a day. But I can take two with dinner, so it’s really just morning and evening. And I take medicine three times a day anyway.
- They’re on the expensive side. About $25/month when I bought a big bottle (192 pills). Plus about $20/month for the calcium. And that’s after a heavy discount from drugstore.com on the prenatal and on the calcium supplement. BUT! I did just find a whole trimester’s worth of prenatal pills (270) on Amazon for $54.65. Let’s hope that price lasts, because I’ve still got half a bottle from my previous purchase.
- The glass bottles break if not shipped properly. Drugstore.com sent me a brand new bottle immediately, though, and I didn’t need to even show them the pictures of the broken bottle.
- I have to clip my nails more often. I supposed that’s a good thing–they’re strong, more calcium, etc. But I’m not a manicure girl.
Here are the positives (warning–this may contain too much information if you’re squeamish):
- No smelly pee. This is super important, actually. Smelly pee after swallowing a vitamin means that you are not absorbing your vitamin/supplement. As my friend’s doctor likes to say, “You’ll just have really expensive pee.” If I need to take three pills a day to actually absorb this stuff, then that is just fine with me!
- No burping. If you’ve ever swallowed a pill and then burped and tasted the pill later, you know why this is up at #2. GROSS!
- They’re small! Seriously. My anti-depressant capsules are bigger. No horse pills, here.
- They are made of food. For real. Organic food! I try to eat as much organic food as possible and will up my game on that while actually pregnant. So my prenatal should be organic, too. It is going into my body three times a day, after all. This is how New Chapter puts it:
- Organic Formulated with Organic Ingredients
- Probiotic Cultured with Beneficial Live Probiotics
- Whole Bioavailable, Easy-to-Digest Food [Easy-to-Digest = no burping up vitamin taste]
- Probiotics. These are mostly good bacteria that help us digest food. They are expensive if you buy good ones separately. They are soooo good for the tummy. My tummy is happier since I started taking these.
- They come in glass bottles. No plastic, no BPA.
- Naturally Gluten Free & Vegetarian. I don’t care about keeping gluten or meat out of my diet, but neither gluten nor meat belong in my vitamins.
- Between the Bone Strength supplement and the prenatal vitamin, I’m getting enough Vitamin D3 to stop taking the extra supplement I started when the blood test came back low in June. Same with iron.