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305 of 340 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
My husband and I started to talk about expanding our family next year. Being that I am a nurse I wanted to get started on preparing my body for the upcoming pregnancy. I started to do research on prenatal vitamins out there and wanted to find a natural prenatal that would give my body and the future baby all of the nutrients that might be lacking from my diet. I have read a lot of reviews and have done nutritional fact comparisons for several prenatal vitamins that are available over the counter. I have to say that Rainbow Light Prenatal is a great one-a-day vitamin that is filled with 100% natural nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy as well as probiotics and digestive support nutrients which ease digestion and prevent stomach upset. This vitamin caught my attention because it was a whole food based vitamin, and for the daily intake of just one tablet, it packs a lot of nutrients. Although I am not yet pregnant and cannot speak for morning sickness, this vitamin is very gentle on my stomach and it does not make me nauseated nor does it give me gas/ constipation. Since taking these vitamins, I have to say that my energy level has increased tremendously, my hair and nails got noticeably stronger and I feel an overall boost to my immune system! I have to say that feeling "these effects" after taking this vitamin is a pleasant surprise because I have never felt any of them while taking multi-vitamins before. While preparing to conceive, I am trying to cut back on my caffeine intake and this "boost" of energy that I am feeling lately is definitely helpful. So while scanning the nutritional facts on the bottle it is quickly apparent that this prenatal packs a lot of nutrients with most of them being at 100% or more of the daily value. However, because Rainbow Light is a great source of Iron, 30 mg (167% of daily value) and taking too much calcium at the same time as an iron supplement will not allow the iron to be absorbed properly, the calcium supplementation in this prenatal is on the lower side, only 200 mg (15% of daily value). The same goes for the a lower content for Magnesium, only 100 mg (22% of daily value). I did not see this as a problem, I simply added a Calcium/ Magnesium supplement to my prenatal routine. Calcium is very important to any woman, especially to women who are pregnant or lactating, so this was a must in my book. I know it's a bit inconvenient that I need to add another supplement to give this vitamin a better boost, however by braking the iron and calcium up in two different servings I can ensure proper absorption of both and that makes it worth while. I also feel that adding a DHA supplement to a prenatal routine is very important, therefore I decided to take a separate DHA/ EPA supplement. So I take the Rainbow Light vitamin and the DHA supplement in the morning with breakfast and take me Calcium/ Magnesium supplement in the evening with dinner.
Even though I had to add separate supplements to make this prenatal vitamin more complete, I don't see that as a problem at all. The fact that Rainbow Light is 100% whole food derived and natural as well as being gentle on my stomach makes it a great vitamin. By adding the calcium/ magnesium supplement and taking it a different time is actually a benefit because it ensures proper absorption of both nutrients, iron and calcium, which are so important in pregnancy.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2014
One pill taken at night is perfect for me. I used to think that all prenatals were created equal until I took a cheap one from the drugstore and got sick. These are gentle on the stomach and I would recommend them to anyone. I don't think the size is a problem and I've never had a problem taking them.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2015
I used this Prenatal through my pregnancy from the beginning, I initially bought a smaller supply from my local grocery store and loved them. When I decided to "stock up" for the rest of my pregnancy I logged in and found a great deal for the 150 count bottle and purchased!
I've been taking these for a few months now and have noticed the things I initially enjoyed about these vitamins weren't really true anymore. I was nauseated after taking it, my nails were very brittle, I was developing severe acne and I was more fatigued than I had ever been. I also always thought the vitamins had an off smell but didn't think much of it.

We purchased a 90 count bottle from the local store last night to compare to see if I was just crazy preggo or not.

Turns out the vitamins I have been taking for me and my baby the last few months ARE NOT THE SAME ONES FOUND IN THE BOTTLE FROM THE STORE. The ones from Amazon have a very different distinct smell and even look different than the others. I had read an article the other day about buying name brand products from places like Amazon and the company not being able to guarantee them but thought it was just some conspiracy theorists taking to a blog... turns out they may be right and you can't guarantee what you are getting unless you purchase from a place who actually gets it from the company itself.

As a mom to be it is upsetting to me to know I have been taking something the last several the which may have done nothing for my growing baby. I will be careful on what I purchase from amazon from now on.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2014
I'm NOT pregnant, but preparing for near future pregnancy again. I love what these vitamins are and have in them, but they make me nauseous. It feels like morning sickness. I have stopped them and started them a few times now to see if it was just a bug I had gotten, but the result is always the same: nausea.
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92 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2015
I just learned that rainbow light has GMO’s in it, which I absolutely do not want myself or my baby introduced to. If you don’t know what GMO’s are, do a google search. I have since switched over to Vita naturals Prenatal Complete Once Daily Multivitamin for Pre and Post Pregnancy. It’s a little cheaper, the tablets are MUCH smaller, and NO GMO’s! Give them a try if you are looking to switch.
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248 of 317 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
Unfortunately, Rainbow Light does not offer a prenatal that is GMO free, including their organic prenatal. I called them and they verified that all their multis contain GMOs. It is important to me to not introduce GMO's into my growing baby's body on a daily basis! I was disappointed about this because I was under the impression that this would be an excellent prenatal supplement. I also really wanted to take a one-a-day supplement. After lots of research I have found that there are only 4 companies that offer non-GMO prenatal supplements, and none of them are one a day. These are: Garden of Life Raw Prenatal and Kind Organics Prenatal, Innate Baby and Me Trimester I & II and Trimester III & Post, Mega Food Baby and Me and Baby and Me Herb Free, and New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. I did read that New Chapter is owned by Procter and Gamble, so I would be cautious with that one although it is certified GMO free. Of all of these, Innate seems to be the best for the price and only requires 2 per day instead of 3 or 4 per day for the other ones.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2015
Love these vitamins! I have been taking these same vitamins for 3 + years. I took them through my pregnancy and while I was nursing and now just to maintain health. They have never upset my stomach and I cannot take most vitamins because of that reason. As an added bonus my hair and nails are super healthy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
My wife threw up within minutes of taking regular prenatals. These are amazing and she's been taking them for a year now with zero issues. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2015
I am not a nutrition expert by any means but I have been taking a prenatal vitamin for about four years between ttc, being pregnant, nursing, ttc again, and now in my second pregnancy so I have done a lot of research on them. My top two prenatal vitamins have been Rainbow Light and IntraNaturals so here is a side by side comparison of the two.

Both have very similar vitamin and mineral amounts (many are the exact same amounts). IntraNaturals has more Vit D which I am always low on, while Rainbow Light has more iron. Some pregnant women have trouble with their iron levels getting low but mine are always good so extra iron just binds me up (probably a little too much info but worth noting). A couple other vitamins have slightly different amounts but those were the two that affect me the most during pregnancy.

Both brands have a probiotic blend added which is a must and I even use another separate probiotic because pregnancy takes a toll on your digestive and immune system (your gut health has a large impact on your immune system!). IntraNaturals has ten probiotic strains listed and Rainbow Light only has one but I am not sure which has a higher cfu count as only Rainbow Light has listed theirs (25,000,000CFU). Generally I would say it is better to have a variety or probiotics though I wish I knew how many were in there. Both also contain an enzyme blend which I desperately need during pregnancy (like I said my digestive system needs a lot of help during this time). Intranaturals wins this category as well as they include six different enzymes (at 100mg) while Rainbow Light only has four (at 24mg). I have also noticed that if I take my Rainbow Light and don't eat right away I get sweaty and nauceous but I have been able to take my Intranaturals without that happening. Not normally a problem but sometimes when helping a toddler in the morning I don't always eat right when I think I will!

The last section would be Rainbow Light's prenatal blend vs IntraNaturals organic fruit and vegetable powders. Rainbow Light contains a 90mg prenatal blend that includes red raspberry leaf extract, ginger, and organic spirulina. These are all good things during pregnancy and I actually have tried drinking red raspberry tea in the third trimester. Instead of this blend, IntraNaturals has organic beet root, carrot root, spinach leaf, broccoli leaf, collards leaf, blueberry fruit, raspberry, pomegranate, cucumber, ginger root, cabbage leaf, blackberry, cherry, and cranberry fruit powder (totaled up to 300mg). Now neither of these are going to replace eating your fruits and veggies but I like the extra nutritional support!

The pills themselves are similar in size with the Rainbow Light pill being slightly larger. I have never had troubles swallowing pills so that doesn't matter much to me and both have a natural smell. They just smell like vitamins to me but if you are used to taking coated vitamins that don't have a smell you might want to be aware.

Overall both of these are good vitamins though IntraNaturals actually comes out ahead for me! The extra vitamin D with only 100% instead of 167% of the daily iron are big for me! Plus the IntraNaturals doesn't bother my stomach at all if I get caught up in something and don't eat immediately afterwards. I also like the variety in their enzyme, probiotic and fruit and veggie blends as it seems a little more well rounded. That said, Rainbow Light definitely comes out ahead price-wise as you get 150 pills for the price of 60 of the IntraNaturals. I would feel confident taking either of these prenatals so they both get five stars from me. I am not a nutritional expert and if you have nutrition questions I suggest asking your nutritionist or doctor but I hope my review was helpful!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2015
WARNING! I bought these thinking they are 100% Natural. THEY ARE NOT! They contain Palmitate. A SYNTHETIC FORM OF VITAMIN A. This form of vitamin a is HIGHLY linked to birth defects.
Retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate, is the ester of retinol and palmitic acid, with formula C₃₆H₆₀O₂. An alternate spelling, retinol palmitate, which violates the -yl organic chemical naming convention for esters, is also frequently seen. Wikipedia
Pregnancy risk: Category X (Should not be used during pregnancy)
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