What Is In A Synthetic PreNatal Vitamin?

Posts this week are about high quality nutritional supplementation and pregnancy.

I find my my heart goes a little kerplunk when a pregnant woman chooses  a synthetic prenatal her doctor recommends.

Some tell me that they choose what their doctors recommend because they want to do what their doctor tells them, others tell me they choose to get prescription prenatals because their insurance will pay for them.

I can completely understand this

But those pre-natals did not agree with me during my pregnancies.

When I first  saw this list with it’s inadequate nutrition and ingredients one can pronounce I thought my goodness Do folks even  know what is in these things???

The following list of pharmaceutical prenatals and their  ingredients was NOT something I personally compiled.  It is an older list of sorts and it is referenced.

I want to share it simply because of how alarming it is

I hope if you are pregnant it has you pause and reconsider what you are taking

Zenate – Solvary Pharmaceuticals
Carnauba wax – when heated emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes
Magnesium Stearate – when heated causes toxic fumes
Contains Polyethylene Glycol which may produce brain and kidney damage
Contains Stearic Acid which may cause intestinal obstruction
Skin sensitization is common
Contains Titanium Dioxide which may cause pulmonary irritation
No Biotin
No Pantothenic acid
Low Magnesium
No Copper
No Phosphorus

Precare Caplets – Northampton Medical
No Vitamin A
No Vitamin B1
No Vitamin B12
No Biotin  ( improper balance of B Vitamins causes a nutrient dumping which causes improper utilization of vitamins B6 and folic acid.)
No Phosphorus
No Iodine
No Pantothenic acid

Natalins Tablet – Mead Johnson
No Biotin
Low Calcium
Low Magnesium
No Phosphorus
No Pantothenic Acid
Contains Polyethylene Glycol which may produce brain and kidney damage


*Natalins RX – Mead Johnson
No Phosphorus
No Iodine
Contains Hydrochloride which may be a direct pulmonary and inflame the conjunctive of the eye.
Contains Cyanocobalamin which may cause sensitivity reactions including: gastrointestinal distress, thrombosis and itching rash


Niferex PN – Central Pharmaceuticals
No Vitamin E
No Magnesium
Very Low Calcium
No Phosphorus
No Biotin
Contains Methylcellulose which may cause intestinal obstruction if dehydrated

Prenate Advanced – Bock
No Biotin
No Pantothenic Acid
No Magnesium
Very Low Calcium

Materna Tablets – Lederle
Only 19% Calcium
6% Magnesium
No Phosphorus
Contains Methylcellulose which may cause intestinal obstruction if dehydrated
Contains Methylparaben which may cause gastric upset
Contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate a typical compound found in anionic detergents

*Stuart Prenatal
No Biotin
Low Calcium
No Magnesium
No Phosphorus
No Iodine
Contains Hyroxpropl Methylcellulose which may cause intestinal obstruction if dehydrated

*StuartNatal – Stuart
No Biotin
Low Calcium
No Magnesium
No Phosphorus
No Iodine
No Pantothenic Acid
Contains Cyanocobalamin which may cause sensitivity reactions including: gastrointestinal distress, thrombosis and itching rash

*These were the prenatals I tried 20 yrs ago – I experienced the GI distress and the itchy rash – it is interesting to me that these are still on the market.

References:

University of Mississippi Learning Resource Center
Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products – 5th Edition Gosselin – Smithlodge
Chemical Exposure and Human Health
– Cynthia Wilson
Handbook of Poisoning – 12th Edition – Robert H. Dreisbach – William Roberison
Posioning Toxicology – symptoms and treatments – Jay Arena – Richard H Drew
Hazardous Chemical Desk Reference – 2nd Editon – Richard J Lewis

*thank you to a peer who share this with our field

This is the High Quality Multi-Vitamin that I recommend:

Contains all essential 12 vitamins and 7 minerals in proper balance
Contains 27 whole vegetable sources which are readily absorbed by the body
Contains no chemicals
No herbicides
No pesticides
No sugar

No artificial colors, flavors or additives of any kind
Contains phytochemicals and live enzymes not found in synthetic vitamins
Processed by low-heat method keeping enzymes alive
Contains 100% of the RDA of Biotin.

Which would you want to take ?


expecting any time now flickr image credit


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8 Responses to What Is In A Synthetic PreNatal Vitamin?

  1. Nikki says:

    That link is no longer working and I am having a hard time sifting through all the prenatal vitamin info on the web.

    Do you have another recommendation? I like the idea of steering clear of fish oils and obviously I don’t want any additional chemicals in my vitamins.

    Thank you!

  2. Marcie says:

    Hi Karen,

    I am also having the same problems as Nikki and was wondering if you could also forward the recommendations and links to me. Thanks so much !

  3. Antonia Totaro says:

    HI Karen.
    Can you please send me the link to the prenatal you recommend? The link is not working.
    Thank you.

  4. Christine McGrath says:

    Can you please send me the name of the prenatal vitamin that you recommend?

    Thanks
    Christine

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