Prenatal Vitamins: Prescription vs Over-the-Counter

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My doctor gave me the choice -- she said I could take over-the-counter prenatal vitamins or get a prescription. I went with the prescription because I was thinking they would be better and hey, I'm new at this mama-to-be gig and probably more paranoid about everything than a mama-to-be who already has a child. 

The drugstore rang me up -- $50 for my prescription prenatals. Whoa.


I paid and on the way out saw that the OTC brand was $17.99. Hmm. Maybe next month, I'll go with the cheaper ones with my doctor's advice.

A recent post here showed that 54 percent of you are taking your prenatals religiously.

According to WebMD, if your prenatal, either OTC or prescription, contains the following, then you have a good vitamin.

  • 4,000 and 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin A
  • 800 and 1,000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 mg of calcium
  • 70 mg of vitamin C
  • 1.5 mg of thiamine
  • 1.6 mg of riboflavin
  • 2.6 mg of pyridoxine
  • 17 mg of niacinamide
  • 2.2 mcg of vitamin B12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 30 mg of iron

Do you take prescription of over-the-counter? Which do you think are better or is there even a difference?


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