Which Prenatal Vitamins are Best? Ask the Experts

When Women’s Health Magazine asked me which prenatal vitamins I recommended, I was MORE THAN HAPPY to respond. After all, I talk about prenatal vitamins every day.  This is the vitamin that I used when I was pregnant. I liked it because it was a solid vitamin rather than a gummy, it was easy for me to swallow, and it had a good amount of DHA in it. 

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I was happy to see that other physicians supported this vitamin among the 14 that were recommended for various reasons. Check out the post in Women’s Health Magazine by clicking here

A few more thoughts about the best prenatal vitamins: 

As a rule, I don’t have a preference between over the counter and prescription prenatal vitamins. Either is fine and I think the main things that sway me are the following:
  • If the person has a personal or family history of open neural tube defects like spina bifida, they will need a higher folic acid prenatal and additional folic acid in their vitamin. The “body-ready folate” options, like methylated folate, could be considered better in that setting.
  • If a person is taking a vitamin with iron, avoid eating or drinking dairy within 30 minutes of taking the vitamin as the calcium can interfere with iron absorption.
  • If a woman tends to be constipated, I recommend either a prenatal vitamin with a stool softener in it or add an additional stool softener to the daily regimen. This is better than avoiding iron. 
  • Many prescription options come with a copay card of some sort. Be sure to activate and use that at the pharmacy to get the cost-benefit. 
  • I personally do not recommend gummy prenatal vitamins as dental caries and tooth decay are more common in pregnancy. If a woman has trouble swallowing the vitamin, smaller ones like OB Complete Petite and Prenate Mini may be an option.
  • Many people can be more consistent with their pill if they take only one pill per day of the prenatal and sometimes a separate DHA supplement as well. Prenatals that require multiple pills or multiple doses can be harder to take regularly. I like to stick with what is most likely to be used properly.

The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 10: Turning Medium on My Birthday. Let’s Talk About Aging

Our Sista Jaimee is the birthday girl, but come with us as we have a very candid discussion about what aging means to each of us, from Bigen for our greys, to how we handle thoughts of inadequacy and celebrate our triumphs, large and small. 

Follow us on iTunes and Castbox at The Gyn Down Podcast and on Twitter @GynDown. This is the end of Season 1 but we’re coming back at y’all for Season 2 with fresh discussions, laughter and of course education.

The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 9: That Good Good

This is what happens in conversation when a man says that he wants to test the merchandise before deciding if he wants to date you. Say WHAT? Laugh and learn and don’t miss the end outtakes. Hilarious and educational as always. Follow the ladies, Jaimee, Stephanie and Dr. Wendy on Twitter at @GynDown and follow the hashtag #thegyndownpodcast on IG and Facebook. Thanks all.

Only one more episode before the end of Season 1. Tune in next week!

The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 8: How Nice Is Too Nice?

Do you want your significant other to be a little rough around the edges?

Or do you like someone to cater to your every desire? Or something in between. The ladies in this episode take a look at the pros and cons of having a partner with various personality treats. This convo is a must-hear and will have you laughing but also thinking, what do I really want?

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The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 7: What should she look like?

No B.S. The name of this flower is Clitoria ternatea. But what should your vagina look like? What’s normal? What’s abnormal? This post from my other blog also features The Great Wall of Vagina. Stay tuned for next week when we rehash the topic at the end of the podcast. Make sure little ears aren’t around. We definitely have very raw discussions and often go all of the way left. But we always have a good time broaching subjects that you don’t always hear about, especially with a healthcare twist. Enjoy and follow us here and on Twitter at @GynDown, as well as on iTunes, Soundcloud and Castbox.


The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 6: How Clean Does SHE Need To Be?

Have you ever wondered if your discharge is normal?

Should you use soap? Where should it go? Where should it not go? Jaimee and Dr. Wendy are here for another episode full of laughter and answers. Don’t worry, Stephanie will be back next week. In the meantime, like, follow and share this fun and informative podcast with your friends and connect with us on Twitter @GynDown.

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The Gyn Down Podcast Episode 5: Does Sex Increase Your Lifespan? The answer will surprise you

Jaimee, Stephanie, and Dr. Wendy tackle the age-old question,

Is sex healthy?

Does it increase your lifespan? What are the actual benefits and what are the risks? You have to hear this because we discuss the concept of, “The Pussy Passcode.”

Also, early in the podcast, we discuss the activity of the hormone Oxytocin. Though Dr. Wendy focused on its function in and around pregnancy, it is also released in romantic relationships and works with dopamine and seratonin to make us feel good. Read more about the activity of Oxytocin in this article from Healthline.com

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