What are the Best Prenatal Vitamins?

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Taking a prenatal vitamin is extremely important when you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. They offer many nutrients to your growing baby and as well as the things that you need in order to stay healthy while you are pregnant.

As you travel through your local drug store, you will see many different types of prenatal vitamins on the shelves. It may be difficult to choose between the different options, but with a little information you will be able to make the best decision for you and your baby.

1. What should I look for?

When you are choosing a prenatal vitamin for yourself, there are some specific vitamins that you should look for. One of the most important is Folic Acid. This is a B9 vitamin and is vital for the development of your baby and can even help prevent some birth defects.

Some of these birth defects begin occurring even before the mother knows that she is pregnant so it is important that you get the right amount of folic acid when you are trying to conceive. You should also look for calcium in a prenatal vitamin.

This is important for healthy bones in you, and is important during the third trimester when your baby’s bones are developing. Iron is also important during pregnancy because your body produces more blood while pregnant and therefore your iron stores are diminished.


Another mineral that you need to look for is iodine. This is crucial for producing the thyroid hormones that the baby cannot produce on its own.

DHA can help by supporting vision, the brain and the central nervous system as it develops in the baby. You should also look for other vitamins and minerals such as, Vitamin C, Zinc, Copper, and Vitamin B6.

2. What are the best Brands?

  1. New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal Vitamin

This is made from organic vegetables and natural herbs and contains the vitamins that you need for prenatal care. They can also help when trying to control morning sickness and energy levels.

  1. Code Raw Prenatal from Garden of Life

This is also made from organic vegetables and herbs and is gluten and dairy free. They are easy to digest and contain 800 mcg of folic acid.


  1. Maxi Pre-Natal from Country Life

This is also made from organic whole foods and herbs. This brand contains DHA and is high quality and is great for vegans.

  1. Pre-Natal Care Multivitamins from TwinLab

Maxi Pre-Natal is made from organic whole foods and is allergen free. You will receive your complete folic acid recommended servings as well.

  1. Prenatal One Multivitamin from Rainbow Light

This brand is very affordable and is made with 100% organic whole foods. It is dairy and gluten free and approved for vegans. It also contains probiotics.

  1. Nature Made Prenatal Multivitamin

This is one of the most affordable options and contains DHA. It can also help with women who are experiencing nausea and morning sickness.

  1. Gummy Prenatals from Vita Fusion

These are great for women who do not like taking the capsule versions. They include all the nutrients that you need and are allergen, gluten and dairy free.

  1. Women’s Prenatal from One a Day

DHA is included with the prenatal vitamin and it is very easy to afford. You can also find this in both gel or tablet form and you only have to take one capsule each day.

  1. Prenatal Multivitamins from Spring Valley

These are easy to swallow and do not have a taste or an odor. They are also great for sensitive stomachs and you only have to take one capsule daily.

       10. Spring Valley Prenatal Multivitamin

This brand is gluten and dairy free and contains DHA. This is also great for the health of your hair and nails.

3. Conclusion

It is best to discuss your options with your doctor so that you can determine which option is right for you. You may find that your doctor wishes to prescribe a particular type to you, which is usually covered by your insurance company.


Taking a prenatal vitamin is extremely important, especially in the early stages of your pregnancy. However, they can also be extremely useful when you are trying to conceive as well. Make sure that you consistently take your prenatal vitamin daily so that you can offer your baby the nutrients that she needs and to keep your body healthy so that you can promote a healthy pregnancy.

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Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.