Plenty of us never think twice about what kind of prenatal vitamin we're going to take -- we just fill the prescription the doctor writes when we get the positive pregnancy confirmation and that's that.
However, there can be a lot more to consider, and some reasons you might want to choose your own prenatal vitamin, whether it be due to allergies, eating choices (vegan, maybe?), or even to help combat morning sickness.
There are lots of specialty types, including:
Fortunately there are plenty of vegan prenatals on the market for your non-animal product needs. Diapers.com sells DEVA Vegan Vitamins for $12.39, and GNC stores sell Garden of Life VITAMIN CODE RAW PRENATAL for $28.99. Local health food or holistic markets may have other varities as well, but it seems there's no shortage of variety -- whoo hoo!
Tailored to the trimester
For women who would like vitamins that vary depending on the needs of the fetus at different stages of development, Promise Prenatal offers and entire pregnancy package of their three different trimester blends with their blend of DHA for $128.
Help combat morning sickness
A lot of women (myself included) have noticed that taking a prenatal can often cause queasiness, so aside from trying to take it before bed, there are specific brands that include anti-nausea herbs such as ginger and vitamin B6. Check out Trimedysn ($450 for 9 month supply from their website) or Prenatalgyn ($50 for a 30 day supply). These both also contain probiotics. (Though I think you could buy a prenatal, probiotics, ginger, and B6 individually for less ... ouch!)
Celiac's Disease/Gluten-free moms
For moms who absolutely require gluten-free products, finding anything can be tough. Fortunately there seem to be a wide variety of gluten-free prenatals, such as Food Source Prenatal ($24.77 on VitaminLife) and O-Cal Prenatal ($39.95 on Amazon).
Some things to remember are that you CAN have too much iron, and too much folic acid. If you're taking anything in addition to a prenatal, make sure it doesn't have either in it. You also don't necessarily need to take a prenatal at all, but in that case, it'd be wise to add in additional folic acid, especially in the first trimester. Just show your mixture to your pharmacist, who should have the correct info in their computer and can tell you if you're overdoing it.
For breastfeeding moms, prenatals continue to be a great choice, so finding one you like is a good idea, though insurance won't cover them after you've popped out the bambino, so making sure you can afford it is wise as well.
A lot of women have had issues with their prenatal causing nausea, so be aware of that and consider it as a possibility if you're struggling with nausea. Taking it at night is often the best method, so avoid ones that suggest you take them multiple times a day if this is the case, or check out the ones mentioned above with specific morning-sickness combating ingredients which may or may not help. There are even chewable and liquid kinds available if you can't find any pills to swallow that don't make your nausea worse.
What vitamins did you take? Was there a type you wish existed?
Note: This is general mom advice and you should consult a doctor if you have any questions.
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