What are the differences between cheap and expensive prenatal vitamins?

Dawn - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am 6 weeks pregnant with my second child...(I am showing already, to where you can notice) and with my 1st child I took other vitamins then prenatal vitamins. But, between the cheap and the expensive, they both have the same purpose...right? and they won't do any different....?

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Amy - posted on 10/22/2009

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My father in law is a pharmacist and he said that the Prescription ones have more specific stuff in them, and that you should be taking those not over the counter ones.

Stasia - posted on 09/14/2009

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Not all vitamins are absorbed equally. There IS a difference. I would definitely suggest getting a good quality vitamin that is more naturally derived. Your body willl absorb more and ultimately get you more of your money's worth.

even if it is cheaper, what is the sense of taking a vitamin that contains 100% of your vitamin C if you are only actually able to absorb 30% of it?

Meg - posted on 08/27/2009

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nope nothing...talked to my dr and the walmart brand is the same as the expensive one...the only difference is price

Amber - posted on 08/23/2009

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absolutely nothing...just check the bottle and make sure they have the proper amounts of folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

Tiffany - posted on 08/23/2009

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FDA doesn't regulate vitamins, but if the amount of different items are the same then so is the quality...

From WebMD:
4,000 and 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin A
800 and 1,000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid
400 IU of vitamin D
200 to 300 mg of calcium
70 mg of vitamin C
1.5 mg of thiamine
1.6 mg of riboflavin
2.6 mg of pyridoxine
17 mg of niacinamide
2.2 mcg of vitamin B12
10 mg of vitamin E
15 mg of zinc
30 mg of iron

Sonda - posted on 07/25/2009

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There is a difference. The FDA does not regulate the quality of the vitamins. Even though the amounts may be the same the quality is not. If you are on a good prenatal it will also help with how tired you get. The baby is taking a lot from you to develope so it is important to get good nutrition and good vitamins. I really like Wellness Essentials for Pregnancy by Metagenics. You can get on their website to look for a doctor who sells them.

Libby - posted on 07/24/2009

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There's not a big difference between expensive and cheap, prescription and non prescription. Basically just look at the back and see how much of each vitamin is in each. I noticed that with my non prescription it has less folic acid than a prescription. I take extra folic acid, so it didn't matter anyway. My doctor's office has given me samples almost my entire pregnancy so far. Perhaps you could ask them if they could provide you with samples so you don't have to buy any vitamins.

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