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#1 inlovewithlife

Posted 14 July 2009 - 07:24 PM

Hello ladies,

I am wanting to start taking prenatal vitamins, but have heard and read from some people and that their doctors recommended Elevit while others recommended Blackmores Conceive Well Gold.

What did you take or can you recommend I take?

My girlfriend and my cousin took Elevit, but both said at different times that it made them nauseas so I was wondering whether this was a common thing?

I'm not seeing my OB until September so was wanting to start taking some now, rather than wait and asking him in September.

Thanks heaps  wink.gif

#2 Ashtonsmum

Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:43 PM


I highly recommend blackmores conceive well gold.

We had been TTC for 24 months without luck when I read on EB about blackmores so decided to give them a go - We got out BFP on the 2nd month!!!

I didnt notice any nausea - the only thing I noticed is it changed my cycle length from 24 days to 28.

There is a thread about it somewhere in the TTC section..

goodluck - I hope you get your BFP soon


#3 Fossy

Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:47 PM

I took Blackmores and as long as I took them with food I was fine, if I took them on an empty stomach  sick.gif

#4 TheAppetiser

Posted 15 July 2009 - 01:24 PM

I vote for Elevit due to the higher folate and iron (I'm vego).  Can cause constipation though due to the iron. tthumbs.gif

#5 new*to*this

Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:43 AM

I started taking Elevit because it was on special in the chemists.  I found that for the first few days I would get pg like symptoms - sore breasts, headaches.  However, this settled down after a few days and once I started taking them after dinner and all is fine now.

#6 charlie1978

Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:17 AM

I have been taking elevit for about 2 months and have felt fine. I always have the tablet immediately after breakfast which ensures no nausea (for me!). If you weren't eating enough fibre I would imagine it could make you constipated - not sure how to put this nicely, but the only change fo rme is the consistancy and colour of number 2's.... as The Appetiser said its due to the high iron levels.
I don't think there is a right or wrong supplement to take and Elevit and Blackmores seem to be the most popular and most recommended by Dr's, so I wouldn't stress too much. Perhaps try one and then the other to see if you prefer either one?

#7 South Coast

Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:26 AM

I too am on Elivit and have been since March (TTC#1 from October 09).  No issues with it except agree with Charlie that it can change the consistancy and colour of #2's.

The only issue I have with Elivit is that it does not contain any Iodine so I plan to chance to Blackmore's within the next month.

I have noticed though that my hair grows faster and my nails are harder...  original.gif

#8 dragonfly31981

Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:28 AM

An IM recommended Eagle's Natal Plus. Great stuff. Blackmores is actually a reproduction of Eagle. You will have to search a little for it in vitamin shops (not chemists) as it is prescription only (naturopath).

Best of luck

#9 goddessof1967

Posted 16 July 2009 - 11:13 AM


I haven't read the other posters but Blackmores is the recommended because it has a higher dose of iodine. Not that cretinism is such a risk in Aust. but low iodine is assoc. with less severe forms of it including learning difficulties, IQ levels etc.

A few of the obstetricians where I work recommend that one.

#10 Alis Volat Propiis

Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:52 PM

Save your money if you are looking at prenatal vitamins and go with something like iFolic, it is made by blackmores and is iodine and folic acid. If you have a healthy, well-rounded diet otherwise it is sufficient. Excess vitamins are not metabolised and are excreted ... you basically wee away your money! lol Once pg you can change to a pregnancy targeted vitamin that has omega 3's etc.

In saying that, I took BCWG for one month after TTC for 4 months and we fell pg that month! Who knows. I took the iFolic for nearly 9 months all up as I was preparing for TTC early on.



#11 Ruby Gloom

Posted 24 July 2009 - 07:29 AM

I had the chemist recommend Blackmores to me. I'm not taking the conceive well gold though, just the pregnancy and breastfeeding formula.

She said that Elevit is clinically proven to be better but it is lacking in iodine which is important for brain development. She said that Elevit is lacking in this because it's European made and Europeans (due to their different diets to us) aren't lacking in iodine. Blackmores has iodine so I went with that.

It may just be me, but when I started taking it I aslo got some heartburn for a few days and wondered if it had anything to do with it.

#12 Lovelucy

Posted 24 July 2009 - 08:44 AM

I took elevit and i will be again. I took it mainly cause it had more folic in it but also because i couldnt swallow the blackmores ones but could swallow the elevit. I also like that they have menevit now too.

#13 Ruby Gloom

Posted 24 July 2009 - 09:48 AM

Do they really have more folate in them? I was pretty sure I compared all the levels with the chemist and they were the same.

#14 clucky chic

Posted 24 July 2009 - 02:41 PM

I am taking blackmores conceive well and additional folate (I am low on folic acid) and have never felt better. The elevit had too much iron for me (my iron levels are high)

#15 sharkie81

Posted 26 July 2009 - 03:22 PM

I am another taking Blackmores Conceive Well Gold. I like that it has Iodine (Elevit has no Iodine at all) and as another poster said, Australian soil is Iodine lacking. I also like the inclusion of Omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that the Iron levels aren't as high as Elevit as I don't get constipated.

The tablets are big and there's two of them each day, and yes, definitely take them with food!

Blackmores has 500mg of Folate whereas Elevit has 800mg I think? Because Elevit is the only tablet that has undergone research to prove the link between folate consumption (in their tablet) and a decrease in spina bifida many people choose that for that reason. However, most health professionals suggest women trying to conceive need only 400mg/day of folate so the other brands usually cover this level.

Good luck TTC!

#16 pceh

Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:47 PM

I vote for Elevit due to the higher folate and iron (I'm vego). Can cause constipation though due to the iron.

Elevit I have been told by my OB is the best I used to take Blackmores but changed with this pregnancy. It does make me constipated which is less that pleasant but I just eat more fruit.

#17 inlovewithlife

Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:37 PM

I'm finally back after a few weeks offline!

Thanks for everyone's reply. I decided to go for Blackmores Conceive Well Gold and so far have not had any trouble or nausea with it.  I have actually noticed my skin has become better, although not sure whether it has anything to do with taking Blackmores Conceive Well Gold?

Hope everyone is doing well!   Thanks again!

Babydust to all  cool.gif

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