Not All Prenatal Vitamins Are Created Equal

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You know they are good for you, and you know you have to take them! Prenatal vitamins are power packed with all the vitamins and minerals that you will need for a healthy pregnancy, and they help to protect every organ and function of your own body. But not all vitamins are created equal.

Before conception, and during pregnancy you should get at least 800 mg of Folic Acid daily. 

The CDC recommends that every woman of childbearing age, take prenatal vitamins to reduce the risk of birth defects in babies. Folate or Folic Acid is the all-important nutrient that very few people consume enough of through their regular diet. Before conception, and during pregnancy you should get at least 800 mg of Folic Acid daily. Unfortunately, by the time most women know they are pregnant the usefulness of folic acid has long since passed. If you are thinking about having a baby, then find a high quality prenatal vitamin and make sure you take it every day.

Even if you don’t become pregnant, they are full of everything you need to make the most of your body. If you are trying to conceive, look at the ingredients and make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains zinc, which can help aide in fertility.

Often, your doctor will give you a prescription for a prenatal vitamin. Still, you can find many at your local pharmacy that are just as good as your prescription brands. Make sure that you compare the amounts of nutrients side by side to make sure you are choosing one that gives you the most.

Also, realize that many women are anemic and iron is important; however, you should talk to your doctor before consuming too much iron during pregnancy.


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Not All Prenatal Vitamins Are Created Equal

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  1. Profile photo of allie_cat allie_cat says:

    Im not having any problems with my vitamins no sickness or anything. Im the only one who never had that and im the only one who is having a boy instead of having a girl <3

  2. Profile photo of Deee Deee says:

    Wonderful news I will take all of this into consideration.

  3. Profile photo of SaraMarieDix SaraMarieDix says:

    I’m 7 weeks along now, and I love the gummy prenatals! The ones that I have found don’t have any iron in them, however… and I haven’t been able to find them at Walmart! I have a hard time swallowing the horse pills, so these are a great alternative!

  4. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    iI’ve been wanting to try the gummy vitamins but haven’t gotten around to it yet, but seeing all the hype about them I may switch. 😛

  5. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    I’m about 9 weeks pregnant now and am using samples from my doctor. I haven’t had any issues yet, but I was told there wasn’t a HUGE difference in the vitamins. I’m also taking one with DHA, which is supposed to give you the nutrients you would get out of salmon, for example, since I don’t eat fish on a weekly basis. I wish this article would have given some recommendations for vitamins, though.

  6. Profile photo of Brittney Brittney says:

    I tried a few different prenatal vitamins when I was pregnant, I disliked most of the samples I got from my doctors office, and the ones I bought from the store were like horse pills. Later on in my pregnancy trying to swallow the giant pills, made me nauseous and gag. But early the gummy ones were hard to take.

  7. Profile photo of tala tala says:

    Be sure to take a high quality prenatal vitamins.

  8. Profile photo of AshleyHuff AshleyHuff says:

    I absolutely love the gummy vitamins. The pills make me nauseous.

  9. Profile photo of MamaPeak MamaPeak says:

    The gummy vitamins are the only ones I can take. The others make me so sick whether I take them morning or night. I recommend them.

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  12. Profile photo of Lisa_O Lisa_O says:

    The gummy prenatal vitamins are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Profile photo of MissMAB MissMAB says:

    Thanks for your input! I’ve been using the Women’s One A Day Pre-Natal with the DHA capsules that come with it as well….they make me burp fish all day 🙁 I’ve heard that Nordic Naturals is top of the line. Do they make you burp at all??

  14. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Love prenatal vitamins make your hair grow long and your nails.

  15. Profile photo of Deee Deee says:

    Wow I never thought to look at the back of the bottle to look for those items mixed in!!! Something to keep in mind.

  16. Profile photo of brittany brittany says:

    my prenatal plus vitamin is good for me

  17. I’ve never had a problem with my vitamins…

  18. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    Find the solution that works best for you and consult your doctor to make sure that you’re getting the right amount of vitamins.

  19. Profile photo of Kristna Kristna says:

    I am taking Vitafol plus DHA. Its a gel cap and has no taste. I love it!

  20. Profile photo of 09Cala25 09Cala25 says:

    Yes, the Gummy vitamins are WONDERFUL! I haven’t gotten sick once off the vitamins yet

  21. Profile photo of Osei Osei says:

    the pills made me feel sick so i use to gummies

  22. Profile photo of ferdie21 ferdie21 says:

    I would sometimes forget to take mine with dinner, and would wake up in a panic in the middle of the night, so I switched to the morning, and set an alarm on my phone to reminde me. As long as I eat a big enough breakfast, they don’t make me nauseous anymore.I just use Hy-vee brand prenatals, which from my research has everything baby needs, and also fish oil for DHA.

  23. Profile photo of Trudy Trudy says:

    Great info, I just hate to take pills so I am going to try the gummies that MissMally talked about in her comment. Thank you

  24. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    i’m 26 weeks and just this past week finally found a prenatal vitamin that doesn’t make me gag or feel worse…

  25. After looking through several books and adding up all the recommended amounts of each vitamin, I’ve found a couple of combinations that work well; The Rainbow Light complete Prenatal System has everything in full dose, and I only needed to add a DHA supplement (fish oil), the safest (and the only one with the full amount of DHA) being Nordic Naturals (you take two). The downside of these is you have to take six a day, and I found once getting pregnant I suddenly have problems swallowing pills without gagging, so I had to look into an alternative.

    While the prenatal gummies are popular, they only have the barest minimum of the recommended vitamins. I found Flintstone Complete chewable vitamins to have a much much better match for the list, and my doctor recommended taking both. My current (and much more tasty!) regimen is a chewable flintstone in the morning; and in the evening two vitafusion prenatal gummies and two Nordic Natural DHA supplements. (I’ve found coupons for the chewables/gummies too, so more affordable!) You end up with a little extra of some of the amounts here and there, but I’m content that I’m covered as my nutrition hasn’t been fabulous so far.