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Are all prenatal vitamins created equal?

November 10, 2015

It’s important to try to eat healthy when you’re pregnant to give your body everything it needs to help that baby grow and develop. But let’s be honest, it’s pregnancy. Some women are lucky to get a single cracker down in a day because of terrible morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum. Other times, cravings come on so strong that you may find yourself eating ridiculous amounts of grapes or popcorn or whatever else you’re craving and not much else. Dealing with these inconsistencies is where a good prenatal vitamin comes in.

Unlike regular multivitamins for adults, prenatal vitamins usually contain more folic acid and iron to help with the baby’s growth and development.

But with so many brands on the market, how do you choose the right one for you and your baby?

Here are a few comparisons of some of the most popular prenatal vitamins based on their key benefits.

For those with Morning sickness

Twinlab Prenatal Care

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Twinlab’s prenatal vitamins come in capsule form and many reviews for this vitamin praise this characteristic as improving nausea. A daily dose of this prenatal vitamin does require two capsules, however, which may be a drawback for those who have a hard time swallowing pills.

For those looking for the best value


Nature Made Prenatal Multi + DHA

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These vitamins are available at most big-box retailers or drug stores, as opposed to many other prenatal vitamins that are only sold at select retailers and specialty vitamin stores. These vitamins also ranked fourth out of 25 for “best value” in a product report by LabDoor based on quality and price. This supplement only requires one pill to be ingested daily as opposed to some of the other supplements that require two or more taken daily.

For those concerned about ingredients

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multivitamingarden of life

This prenatal vitamin was ranked #2 out of 25 prenatal vitamins for quality in a comparison test by Labdoor, which used label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy as key determinants. Its website claims their formula is “uncooked, untreated and unadulterated, with no binders or fillers and always dairy-free and gluten-free.”

For those looking for vegan/vegetarian options

Rainbow Light Prenatal One

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This vitamin is also 100% vegetarian and vegan. It may also be a good option for those who suffer from nausea or morning sickness because according to its website it is “food-based and contains plant-source enzymes, ginger juice and probiotics” that are easily digested and absorbed to reduce stomach ailments.

It’s important to note that prenatal vitamins are meant to supplement, not replace, a healthy diet. It’s also important that you consult with your doctor or medical provider about your specific needs to determine which supplement is best for you. 

What has been your experience with prenatal vitamins? Did you find the perfect vitamin for your body during pregnancy? Share it with us!

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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