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#1 Missy Shelby

Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

Just been reading the thread about ttc tricks and it got me thinking about pregnancy multi vitamins.

What would you ladies consider the best multi vitamin to be pre pregnancy and then through out your pregnancy?  I have always used Elevit with Iodine but a couple of pp on the previous thread were talking about Blackmores Conceive Well Gold.

TIA

#2 namie

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

My Ob believes that both Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding and Elevit's version are equally good and provide the right amount of folate for first trimester, but then she switches her patients to Usana's Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral capsules because they provide a wider variety of vitamins and minerals, plus their Omega supplement too, for the rest of the pregnancy.

I think it really comes down to how much money you wish to spend on supplements and how healthy your diet is. My GP thinks a folate supplement is enough if you have a well-balanced diet.

Edited by namie, 26 January 2013 - 05:03 PM.


#3 MinkyMonkey

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

It really depends on your needs. I like that BM has omega fatty acids but elevit has considerably higher iron levels which may or may not be a good thing depending on your needs. In general multis should be viewed as a bonus and not a substitute for good nutrition they rarely have the cofactors in correct amounts that your body needs to utilise each vitamin/mineral and conversely they often work against each other eg. calcium will inhibit the absorbtion of iron.

#4 Missy Shelby

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (namie @ 26/01/2013, 06:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My Ob believes that both Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding and Elevit's version are equally good and provide the right amount of folate for first trimester, but then she switches her patients to Usana's Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral capsules because they provide a wider variety of vitamins and minerals, plus their Omega supplement too, for the rest of the pregnancy.

Thanks namie, I have never heard of Usana's Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral, I will look into it.

#5 Feral_Pooks

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

Folate is the main thing. Everything else is just ... Gravy, and more for you than the baby.

#6 Missy Shelby

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

QUOTE (Pooks_ @ 26/01/2013, 06:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Folate is the main thing. Everything else is just ... Gravy, and more for you than the baby.

biggrin.gif nicely put!

#7 Missy Shelby

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE (MinkyMonkey @ 26/01/2013, 06:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like that BM has omega fatty acids but elevit has considerably higher iron levels which may or may not be a good thing depending on your needs.

I am not a huge meat eater so maybe Elevit.  Too many options is not a good thing for me wink.gif

#8 PatG

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

I bought some Swisse Pregnancy Plus Ultravite the other day (was on special - $20 for 3 months worth)

Compared with Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold:

Iron: Swisse - 5mg, BM - 10mg
Folic Acid: Swisse - 500 micrograms, BM - 500 micrograms
Iodine: Swisse - 250 micrograms, BM - 150 micrograms


I've doubled the BM as you are supposed to take 2 per day.


Edited by PatG, 26 January 2013 - 05:52 PM.


#9 Missy Shelby

Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 26/01/2013, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought some Swisse Pregnancy Plus Ultravite the other day (was on special - $20 for 3 months worth)

Compared with Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold:

Iron: Swisse - 5mg, BM - 10mg
Folic Acid: Swisse - 500 micrograms, BM - 500 micrograms
Iodine: Swisse - 250 micrograms, BM - 150 micrograms


I've doubled the BM as you are supposed to take 2 per day.

Thanks PatG for the comparisons original.gif . Swisse is much cheaper than Elevit and even though it was on special I am certain that at full price it would be not as expensive as Elevit.

#10 mathilde

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE (namie @ 26/01/2013, 06:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My Ob believes that both Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding and Elevit's version are equally good and provide the right amount of folate for first trimester, but then she switches her patients to Usana's Multivitamin and Multi-Mineral capsules because they provide a wider variety of vitamins and minerals, plus their Omega supplement too, for the rest of the pregnancy.

I think it really comes down to how much money you wish to spend on supplements and how healthy your diet is. My GP thinks a folate supplement is enough if you have a well-balanced diet.


Namie, I think we have the same obstetrician. I really like her. I've never taken so many huge vitamins in my life though!

#11 namie

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

QUOTE (mathilde @ 27/01/2013, 10:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Namie, I think we have the same obstetrician. I really like her. I've never taken so many huge vitamins in my life though!

I know! It was a huge shock for me in my first pregnancy because I'd only, in the few years previously, managed to teach myself to swallow tablets at all! If I had a headache I'd get the small caplet ones and would still take liquid medicine where possible. Thankfully a few months on the Blackmores ones weaned me into them, but it was still difficult at first.

I really like her too. I'm seeing her for the third time now original.gif

#12 VioletPurple

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 26/01/2013, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought some Swisse Pregnancy Plus Ultravite the other day (was on special - $20 for 3 months worth)

Compared with Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold:

Iron: Swisse - 5mg, BM - 10mg
Folic Acid: Swisse - 500 micrograms, BM - 500 micrograms
Iodine: Swisse - 250 micrograms, BM - 150 micrograms


I've doubled the BM as you are supposed to take 2 per day.


I also got some the other day because they were on special and I could not find the Elivet.

How is everyone finding them??

Im taking them after food as instructions say and finding they repeat on me for a few hours.

#13 She So Toot

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

I took 3 months of Swisse Pregnancy and i didn't like them, they made me feel bloated and gassy and just blah in the tummy so now i take the blackmores conceive well gold. So far i don't feel too bad on them, have been taking them for two months now. The only thing is I have had mid cycle spotting around ovulation time these last two months as well, could it be from the multi vitamins?

#14 ~shannon~

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

I took Blackmores for my first pregnancy, and then Elevit for my next two (including this one) mainly because I preferred to have to only swallow one tablet per day rather than two and also because I have always been low in iron. Since my last blood test, I've been on iron supplements as well, so the amount of iron in Elevit isn't enough for me.

You could save money by just buying folate tablets when trying to conceive and eat healthy food instead of worrying about expensive multi-vitamins.

Knockmeup, I very much doubt the multi-vitamins would be the cause of spotting. Probably best to speak to your GP.

#15 BearBait

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

My Ob was of the same opinion as MinkyMonkey regarding difficulties with absorbtion via multivitamins. Ob advised supplements for folate, vit D, calcium & iron.

#16 maryanneK

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I use the Suisse multivitamins and really like them. I started trying to use the Blackmores ones but found that taking the two tables was really difficult, especially as one of them in particular I found really really horrible tasting. I really struggled to get/keep them down!
Never gone back after taking suisse. I've looked at the ingredient list and it matches up with all the other brands and the recommendations of what you are meant to take.

#17 Lots of stripes

Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

I take Elevit due to low iron levels. I am about to run out though.... I bought about 9 months worth some time ago as there was a special online.... AllieD found it. Has anyone seen any good deals lately?




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