prenatal vitamins

Prenatal vitamins. What do you think about them? What do I think about them? What have we been told about them?

Some people say taking a prenatal vitamin is no big deal. Others (and this seems to be a more common opinion) say it’s essential when trying to conceive. Although hubby and I are pursuing a minimalist conception and (one day) pregnancy, we are of the belief that we want to do whatever is medically good for our future little one and in that way will not be as minimalist as some might be. In our opinion, this includes me taking a prenatal vitamin.

My doctor agrees. When I went for my yearly exam a couple months ago and told her we were about to start trying, the only real question she asked was whether I am taking a prenatal vitamin. (Yes.) What kind?

Hubby and I try to live a primarily all natural, organic lifestyle, so when I was deciding on a prenatal vitamin I was interested in finding one that was all natural. After doing a little research and reading lots of consumer reviews, I settled on this:

Rainbow Light Prenatal One

If you click here or on the image above, you can go to the Rainbow Light website and read the bottle’s label. When I told her about it, my doc hadn’t heard about the Rainbow Light brand. (Surprise, surprise coming from a mainstream doc.) Her one question was, is there folic acid in the vitamin?


She said that’s all she needed to know for now, and that when we do become pregnant I can bring the bottle in and she’ll let me know whether she recommends continuing to take it or switching to another brand. I have a feeling this brand will be okay. When I was at the house of a pregnant friend of mine recently I took a look at the label on the bottle of her prenatal vitamins and from what I could remember it looked really similar to mine.

I like this vitamin because it is all natural and is only a once a day pill. (I can’t believe some are six a day — are you kidding me?) It’s also vegan friendly. I’m not a vegan, but still cool. The vitamin doesn’t upset my stomach at all but it has if I take it on an empty stomach, so I would recommend waiting until after breakfast to take it. Also, I’ve heard some complaints about the large pill size but it’s really not hard once you get the hang of it, nor do I think it is extraordinarily large. My trick is to flick my head back quickly while relaxing my throat.

What prenatal vitamin are you or did you take, if any? Here’s hoping you found one that worked or works well for you.


conception topics

Hi, friends. We’ve been busy this weekend. Hubby and I volunteered with some refugee children from Burma (by way of Thailand; did you know the average refugee family spends 10+ years in a refugee camp before possibly coming to another country?) we have been volunteering with for a year or so this morning, along with some other boys we volunteer with in South Atlanta. I love children so much. It is so refreshing to be with sweet, kind, giving people. It makes me feel good about humanity.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about topics important to conception after I realized I’ve confused a couple readers about whether I’m pregnant or not, and have been brainstorming about some topics that might be interesting to those interested in conception or early pregnancy. Here are some things I’d like to talk about over the next week or so:

  • Ovulation and how conception works
  • Ovulation tracking — to track or not to track?
  • What to do before trying to conceive
  • What you can do to help improve your chances of conceiving
  • What a male partner can do to help improve your chances of conceiving (and what’s really not that big of a deal)
  • Sperm-friendly lubricants, prenatal vitamins, and other product reviews
  • Sex as art
  • How to have a minimalist pregnancy, and baby

Are there any other topics you’d like to talk/learn about? Please let me know if so.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.