I used to be pretty anti-vitamin, but once I found a prenatal that was actually good quality, I was hooked. I just ordered chewables for the toddler and men’s for hubby, all Source of Life brand, since that’s the prenatal that I had good luck with. I just ordered 30 days’ worth for hubby since I’m not sure if he’ll actually take them, though he says he will.
When I took a nutrition course in college, my teacher had stuff that she had to teach, but you could tell she didn’t believe it. She didn’t believe in the food pyramid, but had to teach it. She also had to teach that vitamins are vitamins, it doesn’t make a difference if they’re natural or not. But in my experience, that simply isn’t true. I took a Walmart prenatal when I was pregnant with my first, and I took a nap every.single.day. With my second I took a good quality prenatal, made from real food, and I only needed a nap once a week. I continued taking them with breastfeeding, and I haven’t taken a nap except for maybe three times in the past 6 months. I really think that a good quality vitamin, unless you have super excellent eating habits, is essential. I’m curious to see what my hubby thinks when he tries his.
The vitamin I take is Source of Life Prenatal, and all the vitimins in it are naturally derived, not made in a laboratory. If you look at the label, you recognize the ingredients. I also take cod liver oil, again, a natural source of vitamins A & D. I have used the kids fruit punch flavored cod liver oil before, but now I take the salty fermented cod liver oil because it’s GAPS friendly. My kids don’t mind the salty CLO, which I find amusing. I have to chase mine with cold water.
Just based on how I feel when taking different supplements, I do think that vitamins derived from nature are highly superior and easier for your body to use than ones made in a lab. When I started taking the good prentatals (link below) during my second pregnancy, the first trimester ‘sleepies’ and morning sickness immediately went away. This surprised me, and makes me wonder if morning sickness and the tiredness associated with early pregnancy could be due to a nutrient deficiency? I’ve only had this experience one time, so I can’t say anything for sure. I’ll have to see what happens with future pregnancies.
Links below of what we’ve used and are happy with
Edited Aug 09: Hubby really didn’t like his. Said they left a weird aftertaste and nasty burps. I didn’t blame him for not wanting to finish the bottle, so he’s currently not taking anything. Anyone know of any men’s vitamins that don’t leave an icky taste?