Prenatal Vitamins – Which brand is right for you?

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Hate swallowing pills? Don’t we all!

Thankfully, the “tasty gummy craze” bit onto Prenatals. Not only are they easy to chew and come in tropical flavors, they might just assist you in the first trimester when morning sickness strikes, and the idea of taking medication makes you gag.

Folic acid isn’t the only top priority in your daily vitamin – studies show that especially beginning in your second trimester, the need for extra iron and calcium is incredibly important for optimal baby development and growth. Plus, if you’re facing food aversions, sometimes the only way to ensure you’re getting to that magic milligram number is to take a vitamin.

Swinging back towards the title of this post – what are your options for these must have pills? Does organic really mean anything? How important is a prenatal with DHA, really? And can you purchase the bare minimum generic brand and still hit the healthy baby-growing jackpot?

Prenatals can be found in the multivitamin section of your pharmacy, in the women’s row. They usually place every brand, including the DHA supplements, all together in a line. Vita fusion offers sour-like gummies that will remind you of a Lifesaver, while Nature’s Bounty sticks with the classic approach and gives you a large amount in your average small, oval shaped pill. They are coated, don’t fret! DHA can be purchased in combo packs with the prenatal, or you can find it separately which honestly, can save a lot of money. Most DHA supplements advertise themselves as beneficial for pregnancy, but if you happen to come across plain old fish oil – snag the one with the most basic ingredients and match numbers. My current DHA supplement came in a combo pack and has 200 mg of DHA. Vegetarian, or just don’t like the idea of fish in your system? Nexa offers a plant-based DHA pill in their prenatal, and you can ask for free samples from your doctor. I will say I like that their prenatal has a whopping 1.25 mg of folic acid – quite a bit more than your average vitamin. That way, if you skimp on your fortified cereal for the day, you know you’ve got a buffer!

So what is the deal with organic ingredients? Just like a flower in the garden, not all prenatals are created equally. For some, having the extra peace of mind that they’re purchasing something made strictly from natural, raw, whole foods — in other words, they’re getting probiotic nourishment vs. simple synthetic chemical isolates, it’s quite easily the best for them. The scientific words sound intimidating, but it really boils down to personal preference. Taking a raw, organic vitamin is of course the much, MUCH healthier route – the product is untreated and unadulterated. But – please don’t forget, that it’s an individual choice and you’re not making a bad decision by not buying them! There’s way too much ridiculous stigma with that. Do what is best for you, your family and your budget. By tracking your nutrition daily, you can easily add on extra fresh fruits and vegetables that give direct benefit to your little one.

Need some personal recommendations for brands? I’ve put together a list (okay, more like an entire cabinet full!) of some well known, and some lesser known, prenatal vitamins and supplements for you to check out. Let me know how they work for you, and if you have any you’d like to contribute to the list!

Basic:
Nature Made Prenatal Multi Vitamin Value Size, Tablets, 250-Count
Nature Made Prenatal Multi + Dha, 200mg, 150 Softgels
Spring Valley Prenatal Multivitamin, 240 tablets

Gummy/Chewable:
Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins, 90-Count
Bellybar Chewable Prenatal Vitamins, Mixed Fruit Flavor, 60-Count
Nutrition Now Prenatal Gummies

Vegan:
Deva Vegan Vitamins Prenatal Multivitamins, 90 Coated Tabs Bottle

Gluten Free:
Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin, 150-Count Bottle
Number One Prenatal Vitamin – 90 tablets

Organic:
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multivitamins, 180 Count
Nordic Naturals – Prenatal DHA – Unflavored – 180 – Softgel
New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin Trimester , 270 Tablets
Rainbow Light, Prenatal Organic Multivitamin, 120-Count
Futurebiotics Folic Acid Veg-tablets, 120-Count

 

Love in Christ,

Katie

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Prenatal Vitamins – Which brand is right for you?

  1. I, personally, take one a day women’s complete multivitamin. It also comes with the soft gels of the DHA. I have tried three different prenatal vitamins during my pregnancy journeys, and this is the one I can personally tolerate. In the beginning, I didn’t really understand DHA.. after much research, it is a MUST. There are some days where I skip my prenatal (because it has a funny taste to me every now and then), but one thing I definitely do NOT skip at all is the DHA soft gel. My 10 month old son is on a special diet due to galactosemia – and the formula he is on (thankfully) includes DHA in the ingredients and that was a MUST when it came to his formula. Even when he goes to the next stage from Formula (seeing as how he can’t have milk – it’ll most likely be Neocate JR) I’m going to make sure it has DHA or if there’s an alternative to it WITH DHA in it. I am a firm believer in DHA during pregnancy and during the newborn/infant stages.

    Great post!! (:

    • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Shelby! I totally agree. I’m very glad we can be informed on things like this, and it seems like your son benefits from the DHA greatly.

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