Providing ample nutrition for your baby during their most critical stages of development — most of which happen in utero — is an essential part of pregnancy.
This is where prenatal vitamins come in super handy!
While we wish it was as simple as eating a healthy and balanced diet — getting all of your fruits and veggies and whole grains — unfortunately, this doesn’t quite make the grade. Not only are there certain vitamins and minerals that should be increased during pregnancy — think folate or folic acid — the food you buy at the grocery store is not as nutrient-dense as it once was due to soil depletion over generations of large-scale agriculture. A mother needs enough nutrients for her health, as well as enough nutrients for her baby’s health.
Alright, so what about prenatal vitamins?
Prenatal vitamins are specially derived supplements that “consist of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help your baby get the nutrients that are essential for healthy development.” A few of the most important nutrients include the aforementioned folic acid, as well as an increase in calcium and iron. These nutrients alone are “vital for proper fetal growth, development, and healthy adult living.”
With that said, many prenatal vitamins are notorious for causing nausea and digestive discomfort. Imagine the discomfort of pregnancy plus discomfort from a necessary prenatal vitamin! Oftentimes, the source stems from the capsule casing, which is oftentimes made from animal-products. Recently, it’s been found that 100 percent all-natural and plant-based casings have a reduced risk of nausea and digestive issues.
Before beginning any prenatal vitamin, it’s crucial to discuss your supplement brand with your general practitioner or obstetrician.
Oftentimes, different brands will include varying amounts of vitamins and minerals, meaning you may be getting more iron and less calcium or too much folate for your specific needs. The amount of these crucial elements comes down to your current diet and personal bodily requirements. Therefore, talk to your doctor before beginning any prenatal supplement!
Source: NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin
This NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin contains vitamins — A, B complex, C, D3, E, K2 — essential minerals — calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, plus choline, as well as mother-friendly folate. NATURELO is proud to offer a 100 percent vegan supplement that is non-GMO and free of soy, gluten, yeast, gelatin, dairy, and sugar. Plus, this prenatal multivitamin is also free of harmful chemicals such as preservatives, coloring, and flavoring. This prenatal multivitamin promises to support an overall healthy pregnancy by increasing mom’s energy, while gently nourishing the baby’s brain, heart, and bones. On top of that, NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin can be used during postnatal breastfeeding. This is a premium food-based formula! A 180-capsule bottle costs $37.95.
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Garden of Life is a well-known and trusted brand providing high-quality, plant-based, and vegan-friendly supplements. This Garden of Life Organic Prenatal Multivitamin Supplement with Folate follows this mission with a 100 percent vegan, certified organic, whole food, and nutritious multivitamin formula containing 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Along with providing prenatal nutrition, this supplement is also designed for pre-conception and lactation support. This prenatal multivitamin is gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains no synthetic binders and fillers. Plus, this blend includes organic ginger and lemon peel to fight nausea and upset stomach. A 30-tablet box costs $14.24.
Colby says “Considerable research is taken when I make purchases. As a potential buyer of this product, you can be assured that the seller has not influenced my 5-star recommendation, as it was purchased at full price. As a couple that eats organic food already, we wanted to find a prenatal for my wife that was organic, made with whole foods and contained folate instead of the synthetic folic acid. MyKind Organics Prenatal Once Daily was the highest quality vitamin we could find on the market that was 100% USDA Organic that met all of our criteria. It never once made my wife sick and made us feel confident that she was ensuring a healthy diet for the growth of our little bundle. If you are of a like mind, I highly recommend this product for all the reasons highlighted within this review.”
Source: Revly Prenatal Multivitamin
Revly is a trusted Amazon brand meaning high-quality at low Amazon prices! This Revly Prenatal Multivitamin contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, sprouts, and organic botanicals. This 100 percent vegan and gluten-free prenatal multivitamin is 53 percent food culture-derived. This product includes a satisfaction guarantee promising a refund within one year of purchase! A 60-tablet bottle costs $15.43.
Jessica Lacey says “I like that all the ingredients I have in my usual brand of supplements were in Revly at a more cost-effective price and the same quality.”
These Deva Vegan Prenatal Multivitamins offers moms-to-be a 100 percent vegan-friendly multivitamin. This prenatal multivitamin contains 138 percent of your daily recommended allowance of folic acid and over 1500 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin B12. This prenatal also includes B vitamins and vitamins A, E, K, D2, and a range of minerals including iron and calcium. DEVA is “careful not to promote an excess of potentially toxid fat-soluble vitamins.” A 90-tablet bottle costs $18.00.
Ashley Gooch says “I took these multivitamins the entire length of my pregnancy and continue now that I’m breastfeeding. They never made me sick! I love that they are vegan and have so many great vitamins and minerals. I would recommend to anyone.”
This list would not be complete without another item from Garden of Life. This time Garden of Life brings expectant mothers 100 percent vegan gummies with this Garden of Life myKinds Organic Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. These prenatal gummies are pig gelatin-free, corn starch-free and contain 9 organic unprocessed whole fruits in each bottle. Along with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, this prenatal includes 600mcg of folate and 800IU of vegan-derived vitamin D3. Garden of Life is proud to offer a product that is certified USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, certified vegan, certified gluten-free and kosher, and has zero artificial flavors and colorings. A 120-gummy package costs $23.27.
CrazyCatGuardian says “After ordering MyKind Garden of Life children’s multivitamin for my 3-year-old, I decided to purchase a supplement for myself. I chose the prenatal vitamins because figured that being a plant-based vegan, I could use the extra vitamins. I love the taste of these, they’re very fruity and taste almost like candy. I take half the dose (the full dose is four gummies) along with an iron supplement every day and I have noticed that my nails are stronger and have been growing much faster. Also, my hair is thick as ever. What I love most about this brand is the vitamins are plant-based and made from organic whole food ingredients. Although they are pricier as far as supplements go, they are worth it and I will be sticking with this brand for a long time.”
Yet another gummy option to make those prenatal vitamins a bit more fun! These Premama Prenatal Organic Vegan Gummy Vitamins are 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, organic, and kosher. They are offered with a mix of flavors including strawberry-lime and peach. These prenatal gummies contain 200 milligrams of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, 20 milligrams of DHA and ALA, folic acid, and choline. Plus, these gummies aim to reduce nausea and boost energy through plenty of B vitamins. It’s important to note that these gummies contain small trace amounts of organic sugar cane to enhance the flavor profile. A 60-count bottle costs $29.99.
Haley Broberg says “I was looking for a clean gummy vitamin and could not find any that also contained DHA and Iron. Did some research and came across the premama gummies. It also looks like it’s their newest version and they taste super great! I like the strawberry lime and peach flavors so then it’s not the same every day. Like some days I’m in a peachy mood other days I’m feeling the strawberry. Anyways, highly recommend!!”
This Mama Bird AM PM Prenatal Multivitamin is a unique vegan-friendly organic herbal formula of methylated vitamins including “methylfolate (natural folic acid), methylcobalamin (natural B12), and Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (natural B6),” as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes. This multivitamin is not only ultra-gentle on an empty stomach, but it will also help boost and maintain energy levels. This product is non-GMO and free of soy, yeast, sugar, nuts, dairy, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. A 60-count bottle costs $33.99.
Mary Jo Spanik says “By far the best ingredients and natural prenatal vitamin out there!”
Another Best Nest Wellness vegan-friendly supplement makes the list! This Best Nest Wellness Vegan Prenatal DHA Supplement is not a multivitamin but exclusively focuses on hard to come by omega-3-derived DHA. Best Nest Wellness sources their neurologist-formulated DHA from algae and seaweed to provide an ultra-pure dose of 350 milligrams of DHA. Plus, Best Nest Wellness guarantees this prenatal supplement to contain no heavy metals, is non-GMO, and is free of soy, gluten, dairy, sugar, and artificial colors and flavors. A 60-count bottle costs $24.99.
Amazon Customer says “These prenatal vitamins are great. They don’t have a super fishy taste to them and they are very easy to take. The pills are fairly small (compared to the average vitamin) and coated to go down easy. These are the only prenatal vitamins that I will take.”
This Nordic Naturals Vegan Prenatal DHA Supplement is a specially formulated DHA specific blend that supports not only the brain and visual development of your baby but also supports an overall healthy pregnancy for mom. Nordic Naturals is proud to offer a 100 percent vegan, plant-sourced supplement that is non-GMO and hexane-free. A 60-count bottle costs $29.71.
Charity Bosch says “I liked this product. Finding vegan DHA is difficult sometimes but I found out about this product through a plant-based dietician and so I know it’s high quality and up to her strict standards. I love that it doesn’t have the fishy after taste that other vegan DHA has had.”
This Omnibiotics Prenatal Vegan Omega DHAx is 100 percent vegan-friendly, non-GMO, toxin-free, mercury-free, and heavy metal-free. This supplement sources its ultra-concentrated DHA from sustainably-friendly, farm-raised algae. Plus, this unique blend includes sunflower phospholipids — which are super antioxidants that provide superior absorption and maximum bioavailability — and vegan microalgae astaxanthin — with 6000x more powerful antioxidant activity. This supplement aims to support the brain and eye development and health of the baby including cognitive function, learning, memory, and even emotion. A 60-vegetarian bottle costs $21.80.
MVH says “Used this DHA while pregnant. My doctor suggested DHA and it was not in my prenatal. I am vegetarian so this worked well for me! No complaints at all! Great product!!”
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