Here's the information for the second prenatal vitamins I've been considering. I'm definitely leaning towards New Chapter. Not only is it food-based, but it incorporates herbs, minerals and vitamins. It's has great reviews on Amazon; 40 five star reviews, 6 four star reviews and 3 three star reviews. There have been some complaints that New Chapter is low in calcium, but according to S.Lancaster from New Chapter, calcium and iron are not supposed to be taken together, hence the low calcium dose.
"Several reviewers have complained about the low calcium in this pill. It is very important to understand that you should not take calcium and iron together - calcium inhibits the absorption of iron. In other words, if your body is busy sucking up calcium, it cannot also use the iron in your pill. A one-a-day pill with everything in it may be convenient, but it is a false sense of security. The best way to take your vitamins is to take one with a sufficient amount of iron in it at one point in the day, then later on take a calcium supplement so your body can get what it needs from both nutrients. It's also good to take your iron with a glass of orange juice, since vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. "
I was unable to find nutritional facts for New Chapter, but here's the product description as it's listed on Amazon:
Perfect Prenatal? Nourishing Fulfillment for You and Your Baby ?Nature?s organic probiotic whole-food prenatal vitamin ?Promotes physical stamina and emotional well-being while nurturing mother and baby ?Safe and sound potency without retinol ?Endorsed by New Chapter?s Council of Midwives We at New Chapter® provide you an organic probiotic alternative to isolated or USP vitamins and minerals. All of our vitamins and minerals are cultured in organic soy using nature's most prized and studied probiotics, featuring Lactobacilli acidophilus, bifidus, rhamnosus, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. New Chapter's Probiotic Nutrients? deliver biotransformed vitamins and minerals in their finest cultured form, much in the same way as miso, kefir, temphe, and yogurt. Your New Chapter nutrients: ? Are easy to digest, even on an empty stomach?they're cultured whole food! ? Deliver essential nutrients in their safest and most active form within the infinite complexity of whole food. ? Provide an energizing and protective array of phytonutrients and ferment metabolites, including cultured soy isoflavones, beta glucans, bacteriocins, SOD, glutathione, lipoic acid, and enzymes. Perfect Prenatal® delivers 23 different easily digested, energizing and protective probiotic vitamins and minerals as well as 13 stress-balancing and free-radical scavenging herbs cultured for maximum effectiveness. Herbs like lavender and lemon balm have been revered for their soothing properties while other antioxidative herbs like peppermint, clove and rose hips provide key health benefits that support and sustain.
If you've tried New Chapter, share your experience with me.