prenatal vitamins

Do you ever feel like your prenatal vitamin just isn’t cutting it? As much as you would like to believe that everything your growing baby needs would be in one pill it just doesn’t seem logical, right? I found that there is not enough of each supplement in a prenatal to aid in the growth of a baby. That is why I have ditched the over marketed all in one prenatal vitamin and picked out each vitamin I need for mine and my baby’s growth. Keep reading to find out what vitamins I take and why it’s necessary for pregnancy. 

This is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider to make sure these supplements are right for you. 

I go into depth about each of my supplements but for a list, I am taking:

  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin C
  • Biotin 
  • Krill Oil
  • Chaga Mushroom
  • Vitamin D
  • Iodine
  • Folate 

Multivitamin

Multivitamins are a great way to get in a variety of vitamins through one pill. Keep in mind, a multivitamin will not have a high enough potency for certain vitamins and minerals that we need. Just think, how could you possibly get the right dosage of everything from one pill? 

If you are looking for a high-quality multivitamin that uses whole food sources for its supplements, I suggest Mercola Whole Food Multivitamin for Women. For a more budget-friendly option that is still great, I would suggest Solgar Female Multiple. I have used both and they don’t upset my stomach like other vitamins do (test them out for yourself, everyone’s different). The Solgar vitamins have a very strong odor but if you can get past the smell, they are a good option. 

Vitamin C

Next, getting the proper amount of Vitamin C is essential. Vitamin C is amazing for a whole host of different health benefits. It is used to help your immune system, build collagen, absorb iron and overall bone health. For pregnancy, it helps your baby’s bones and teeth develop. 

I take liposomal vitamin C because it has been found that there are higher absorption rates of vitamin C encapsulated in liposomes (check out the study here). 

I currently use Core Med Science liposomal vitamin C and take 6 capsules a day for 2,000mg daily. Don’t worry, vitamin C is not toxic to the body unless taken in massive amounts and can cause diarrhea. And yes, I have tested those limits and it will give you diarrhea. 

Krill Oil

I also take a krill oil supplement. Since I don’t eat fish as much as I would like to, this is a great way to get the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA my body  and my baby needs.

Also during pregnancy, DHA and EPA are essential for the development of babies in utero. I take one pill of Neptune Now Krill Oil a day and while the pill is larger than most, it’s not difficult to swallow (thank you softgels). 

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga mushrooms are next on my list and if you’re thinking, “why in the world would I need mushrooms!”-hear me out. Mushrooms, specifically chaga from the fruiting body are similar to vitamin C in that they have healing properties for a variety of different things. It is said to aid in the immune system and may lower your chances of heart disease, fighting inflammation, lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as potentially fighting cancer. 

Don’t sleep on this supplement and do some further research to see what exactly Chaga mushrooms can do for your health. I am currently taking 2 Natures Element Chaga Mushroom and have had no digestive issues with it. 

Vitamin D

If you sit in an office all day and rarely get out into the sun, I would suggest taking a vitamin D supplement. Most people today are deficient in vitamin D and can cause bone and hair loss, fatigue, depression, and lower your immune system. I have personally been vitamin D deficient and have felt the effects of having fatigue and depression from it. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, a recent study found women taking 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily had the greatest benefits in preventing preterm labor/births and infections. They also state that most prenatal vitamins don’t provide enough vitamin D so making sure to supplement is very important!

If you can, get outside for at least 15 minutes a day or you can supplement it. I use a liquid supplement for this to lower the amount of pills I’m taking and it has no flavor which is a plus for me! I take 3 drops of Carlson Super Daily D3 – Liquid Vitamin D

Iodine

Another liquid supplement I take is iodine. Iodine is essential for thyroid hormone production and if you’re expecting, it is critical for brain and nervous system development. It can be found in salt but you would need an unhealthy amount of salt to reach an effective dosage. 

I use one drop of Harmonic Innerprizes Nascent Iodine daily and quickly drink some water with it because it has this metallic taste. If you have ever drunk out of the water hose as a kid and it had a weird taste to it, that’s what this tastes like. 

Folate and Biotin

Folate is essential for the growth of the baby’s neural tube and can prevent major birth defects. Biotin is needed in higher amounts since it is being used rapidly during pregnancy to convert our food into energy. It also helps in hair, skin, and nail growth #bonus! I take one Nature’s Way Folate and one Natrol Biotin for my daily intake.

Are Vitamins Making You Sick?

It has taken some trial and error to find ones that don’t upset my stomach but my best tip for that is to eat half of your breakfast, take your vitamins and then finish eating so it’s not on an empty stomach and they aren’t the last thing you’ve eaten. I usually take my vitamins with lunch so that I have a full breakfast digesting and then mixed in with my lunch. I typically don’t find any stomach issues that way. 

I hope this was helpful to someone looking for a list of prenatal vitamins to take without relying on the heavily marketed “all-in-one” fix supplement companies are trying to sell. Again, do your own research or bring up these vitamins to your doctor and ensure they recommend them for you. If you found this helpful or have any supplements worth mentioning let me know in the comments!

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