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.

One Comment on “Which Prenatal Vitamins are Best? Ask the Experts”

  1. Great article! Can you advice how much folic acid or if someone is taking folate is recommended per day? Also what is the daily recommended dose of DHA?

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