What are the differences between cheap and expensive prenatal vitamins?

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Nicole - posted on 08/24/2009

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There is a lot of difference between vitamins. FIrst of all flinstone vitamins are made up primary of sugar!! Not a lot of value there. Secondly, most vitamins on the market have less than a 10% absorption rate so you are not getting much out of your vitamins and they actually are doing you more harm that good. THis is true for cheap vitamins and more expensive ones. I purchase my vitamins through a company online that has done their scientific research and has come up with a formula in their vitamins that have an 85% absorption rate and help fight off free radicals. If you are interested in finding out more I'd be happy to share with you. Please email me at ndilly@iw.net and I'd be happy to share more with you. Taking a good vitamin is so important to everyone especially pregnant women. I pray your pregnancy is going well! Thanks, Nicole

Melissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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I used to have the same question until I researched, found patented vitamins and actually felt the difference a quality vitamin can make. The ones I found are not expensive---$20/month or 67 cents/day...well worth it!

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SO TRUE!!! You need to do research to find a decent vitamin-pregnancy and non..alot of Vitamins minerals supplements in general that you will buy from a supermacket/grocery store literally put nothing into your system. You will leterally be putting your money down the toilet..there may be traces of the supplements in them but you will not get it into your bloodstream!!!

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I too thought they were all the same until I started researching the topic and found out that there can be huge differences between different vitamins because the industry is not regulated. The difference is in the manufacturing process, the raw materials used, the potency and purity. If your vitamins do not say that they are pharmaceutical grade then you have no idea what it is you're actually putting into your body. What's on the label is not necessarily what's in the bottle--I know that's hard to believe but it's true and scary. This is why athletes have to be so careful about which vitamins they take. Do you want to put something in your body when you're pregnant that an athlete won't put into their body? Do your research--vitamins that appear to be cheap can be very expensive if they aren't doing what they should be doing! If you want more info on this, send me an email at iamhere2@cox.net.

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Vesna - posted on 12/28/2012

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Hi. I was using Duet DHA Balanced, and now they just discontinued them. Any thought on these particular vitamins, and any recomendations on which ones are the best.
Thank you

Viviana - posted on 08/26/2009

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Melissa - posted on 08/24/2009

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They are all the same. I couldn't take them though, made me puke. My doctor had me take 2 flinstone chewable vitamins everyday. I took one in the AM and one in PM and was fine. Either way, you get the same exact vitamins and it was WAY cheaper!

Debra - posted on 08/21/2009

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As far as i know the only difference is that the prescribed ones made me sick and the over the counter ones didnt.

Heather - posted on 08/21/2009

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Would you buy vitamins at the $1.00 store? There is a difference, many vitamins contain fillers that are toxic. There is a difference, many of the ones you buy in the grocery stores, health food stores go right in and right out!! Absolutely no nutritional value!! You are actually better off not taking one at all. check out http://mccartney.myshaklee.com to get vitamins that are proven to work and are published in over 100 Medical Journals!

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When I was pregnant I had to take 2 flinstone gummie vitamins a day. Normally people do that because of the naseua the prenatals can give. I had my own reasons.

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The only reason to get the more expensive (prescription) ones are if the OTC upset your stomache. However, I felt the opposite - the samples they gave me bothered me more than the OTC ones. Personal preference.

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2009

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The only difference is cost! The only difference in prenatal vitamins would be if they were vitamins with extra something. Otherwise, there's either generic or named brand, just like anything else

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2009

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I cant take regular prenates, they come right back up 15 minutes later. So I am taking two Flinstones. =)

Laura - posted on 07/28/2009

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the ones that I chose, well there is a big difference, I chose New Chapter Organics and I really liked them and for my health and the health of my daughter....how can that not be worth a few extra dollars. There is nothing more critical than your nutrition during pregnancy, It will make a world of difference to your child for the rest of their life.

Here are the major differences in what I took.

*organic whole-food complex rich with a bounty of phytonutrients

* not made from unreliable synthetic, chemical “isolates” like many vitamins

*contain probiotic which are very,very important to good health

*New Chapter’s nutrients are food, they are recognized by your bodies as wholesome, nourishing food, digested easily and soothing to a pregnant woman’s sensitive GI tract.

*also delivers 23 different easily digested, energizing and protective probiotic vitamins and minerals as well as 13 stress-balancing and free radical scavenging herbs



I ate very well and exercised during my pregnancy and well, I feel very happy to say that my doctor says I have one of the healthiest kids he has ever seen and I have my health too!

Jamie - posted on 07/28/2009

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If you're looking to save money...take Flinstone vitamins! No joke, my doctor gave me them as an option lol

Stephanie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I didn't like them. Most of the time I just threw it up again. so I stopped taking them. For my second pregn. I didn't even bother. I was extra careful about my nutrition instead. Eat lots of Malt-meal/Cream of Wheat, it's high in Folic Acid. All the colors of the rainbow, every day, every meal if possible.

i know it's not recommended, but for me it was best...

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I took the generic made for Target stores. My OB/GYN said it was fine and no different from any others I could buy. There is no need to spend more money on a name brand.

Tara - posted on 07/24/2009

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Mostly the difference is that each brand has slightly different dosages/amounts of the same vitamins. In general they are exactly the same vitamins/minerals and you can use either type. I've used both with both my pregnancies, and wound up going with the pharmacy brand that was cheaper anyway. The only difference I have had with my 2nd pregnancy is that I've had to take folic acid supplements (doctor's orders) because I got pregnant so soon after my first baby. Most doctors will tell you that it doesn't matter what brand of prenatals you use, if you get pregnant less than a year after your first baby, they will recommend that you take folic acid in addition to the prenatals.

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Or if you want a tasty vitamin that doesn't cause more nausea, try 2 Flinstone's chewables! Same as taking one nasty tasting nauseating prenatal vitamin. Many of our patients went this route in the office and it gives you the same values! Good Luck.

Belinda - posted on 07/24/2009

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The ones that I have compared sometimes just have slightly diffrerent amounts of vitamins in them, and some have one or two extra vitamins that the cheaper ones don't have. I chose a slightly more expensive one because it had higher iron levels in it and I was a little anaemic. But I think the diffrerences between most of them is marginal.

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