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.
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:
- 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.