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Amazing value, LOTS of vitamins!
on September 23, 2012
240 pills for less than $13?!? Whaaat?!?? I know, it's awesome.
I've been taking this prenatal pill for the last three years and I love it! When we found out it was going to take us a long time to get pregnant, I knew I needed an inexpensive prenatal pill since I'd be taking them for a while. This was by far the best deal I found. I bought them, started taking them and thought nothing of it. Once I became pregnant, my doctor gave me a huge bag of samples to try other prenatal pills. I figured I'd give it a shot because maybe there would be a better one out there for my baby. Almost all the pills she gave me made me SO nauseous and/or had a horrible taste. I couldn't believe how lucky I had been to have found a non-nausea prenatal pill on my first try! I did find one that didn't make me sick, but when I compared it to this one, the Spring Valley prenatal pill had far higher levels of all of the vitamins than the other one. And actually when she asked me which one I picked, I told her I went back to my old one and showed her what I was taking. After looking at it she asked me why I'd even bothered to try to switch!
I highly recommend this pill as your prenatal - it's a good size (not huge like so many prenatal pills are!) and there's no weird taste or nausea issues with this pill! I've recommended this to a LOT of my friends over the past few years and NONE of them experienced any nausea with this pill and the vitamins levels were higher in this pill than any of their previous prenatal pills.
The only reason I ever thought about switching my prenatal was when I learned about the important of DHA and this prenatal does not have DHA in it. Then I learned that it is far better to take a regular prenatal with a DHA supplement than to find an "all-in-one" pill because they cut corners in vitamins/nutrients when they put it all together. Plus I've never found an all-in-one prenatal with DHA pill that didn't make me SO nauseous and/or have a weird fishy taste. I strongly recommend Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA Softgels, 60 Count Bottle as a great DHA supplement. I take one with my Spring Valley prenatal every morning.
It is so important to have a prenatal that has high levels of everything you need and doesn't make you nauseous because during that first trimester you will often be lucky to eat at all, or keep down what you eat - forget about a well-balanced diet! My husband used to hover over me and beg me to eat better for the baby, but I could barely keep down saltine crackers. I finally showed him the vitamin levels on my prenatal pill and he stopped bugging me constantly about my diet, and instead would just check to make sure I took my pill, then leave me alone. So worth it! :)
Here are the vitamin levels for you straight off the bottle: (the percentages are the percentages of the daily value as recommended for pregnant/lactating women)
Vitamin A 4000 IU - 50% (100% as beta-carotene)
Vitamin C 120mg - 200%
Vitamin D 400 IU - 100%
Vitamin E 30 IU - 100%
Thiamin 1.8mg - 106%
Riboflavin 1.7mg - 85%
Niacin 20mg - 100%
Vitamin B6 2.6mg - 104%
Folic Acid 800mcg - 100%
Vitamin B12 8mcg - 100%
Calcium 200mg - 15%
Iron 28mg - 156%
Zinc 25mg - 167%
Vitamins are gluten free but do contain soy.
The one thing you'll notice is there is not a lot of calcium in this vitamin. A doctor told me it is highly preferred to get calcium from milk or yogurt (chocolate pudding or ice cream, anyone??) rather than a pill, so most prenatals tend to be low in calcium, but there are calcium supplements out there if you struggle with getting that in your diet. Calcium supplements are very cheap.
Honestly, the price is unmatched, the pills don't make you nauseous, and the vitamin levels are fantastic - you can't go wrong here.
Best of luck to you!