You’re pregnant! Or trying to become pregnant! Before you start decorating the nursery or picking out the cute outfits to dress your future babe in your doctor will ask if you’re taking a prenatal vitamin. During pregnancy, certain vitamins and minerals are needed to suit the needs of an expecting mother and prenatals are a great supplement to a healthy diet.
Disclaimer: As always, speak to your doctor. If you have nutritional deficiencies or related conditions, you may be prescribed specific supplements to take during pregnancy.
Here’s the deal: Prenatal One contains essential nutrients that deliver optimal nourishment and protection for moms and babies throughout pregnancy and nursing.
Contains: 27mg of iron, 15mcg of Vitamin D, 65mcg of Vitamin C, 1305mcg of Vitamin A, as well as 600mcg of folic acid, along with an array of B Vitamins for natural energy, and a blend of probiotics for digestive support.
Price: $64.99 for 150 tablets
Love it: One pill a day, supports digestive health as well
Not so much: Large pills, but there is also a “petite” option. Also does not contain omega 3s, so some doctors suggest an additional supplement.
What are moms saying?: “I took these every day without any stomach upset.” - Ellie P.
Bottomline: Overall a solid pick.
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Here’s the deal: This prenatal supplement contains 5MTHF, the metabolically active form of folate. This is important because three out of five Americans have a genetic inability to convert folic acid into 5MTHF.
Contains: 45mg of iron, 25mcg Vitamin D, 150mg Vitamin C, 1,050mcg Vitamin A, 1,700mcg folate, 200mcg Vitamin B12
Price: $27 for 90 tablets
Love it: Contains 5MTHF
Not so much: Need to take 3 tablets daily, no choline, and little magnesium.
What are moms saying?: “I have the MTHFR mutation and this prental came highly recommended.” - Ashley G
Bottomline: These are a great option but may cause nausea.
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Here’s the deal: Chewable gummies
Contains: 30mcg Vitamin D, 48mg Vitamin C, 520mcg Vitamin A, 600mcg Folate, 11mg choline, 3.5mcg Vitamin B-12, along with Omega 3,6, & 9, and a probiotic
Price: Starts at $33.25 for 30 gummies
Love it: No junk in these gummies
Not so much: 4 gummies per serving, high in sugar to make them “tasty.” No iron found in the chewable prenatal formula.
What are moms saying?: “Smarty pants vitamins are an affordable non GMO vitamin that has the perfect amount of nutrients and nothing you don't need. I love the taste of the gummy. There is no aftertaste.This even has folate so I don't have to take another supplement. This one is all I need for prenatal. I'd highly recommend this product.” - Ashley M
Bottomline: Good option for those who can’t swallow pills
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Here’s the deal: The next-generation prenatal with 12 essential nutrients for your body and baby, before and during pregnancy.
Contains: 18mg iron, 50mcg Vitamin D, 1,000mcg Folate, 55mg choline, 8mcg Vitamin B-12, 350mg Omega 3s, Iodine + magnesium
Price: $35 for 30 capsules
Love it: Company prides itself on high quality ingredients. Easy subscription service makes it so that you’ll never run out.
Not so much: High demand and the company has run out of stock before. Some moms mention they have a “slight fishy taste.”
What are moms saying?: “Love that they only contains ingredients that are needed.” - Megan P.
Bottomline: Prental + DHA all rolled into one.
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Here’s the deal: Personalized supplement packets made just for your needs!
Contains: 20mg iron, 50mcg Vitamin D, 1,468mcg Folate, 50mcg Vitamin B-12,
5,000mg Biotin, 120mg Calcium, 400mg magnesium
Price: Starting at $23 for 30 capsules
Love it: Tailored to fit your needs. Pills are a manageable size, and built-in peppermint and ginger are said to help reduce nausea.
Not so much: Does not contain DHA
What are moms saying?: “It’s the first time I’ve actually stuck to the regimen of taking multiple vitamins. Love that you can grab and go, taking them whenever you want. It’s also always been confusing to me as to which vitamins I should be taking, so I love that the Binto quiz was able to tailor to my needs. Overall, I 100% recommend” - Liz
Bottomline: Great option for pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-partum.
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