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Let’s talk vegan prenatal vitamins!
Good news is you are pregnant! which prenatal vitamins to choose? Chances are you were trying for a while and had been taking folic acid over the counter or prescription. The recommended amount over folic acid is 400 micro milligram up to 1000 micro milligram based on your health, body condition, and physician’s advice.
Now that your body is a baby making machine (hard work, by the way!), some changes will be necessary to keep up with physical and emotional demands.
A balanced diet, plenty of water, adequate sleep, physical activities under your doctor’s advisement are key.
Soon you are going to meet your little prince and princess, and it all will be worth it. The morning sickness, the mood swing, the frequequent trips to bathroom, the pain, the discomforts… They will be all forgotten for the love!
At least, that’s what I tell myself!
To get there you have to at least make sure you body is getting the nutrients it needs, one of the way to do that is by getting prenatal vitamins. Pregnant or not I always take them since I am still at conceiving age.
There are a few over-the-counter vegan prenatal vitamins, here are the best ones!
Remember cheaper doesn’t always mean better.We want prenatal vitamins that are gentle on the stomach, no fillers, trustworthy brands, and purchases that will be sustainable on the long run. A healthy pregnancy last between 38 to 42 weeks. We want to make sure we’ve got vitamins that we can keep taking for this long and through breastfeeding if it’s an option.
Note: Most of those vegan prenatal Vitamins can be purchased with FSA( flexible savings account) or HSA( Health savings account) to reduce your out of pocket expenses.
Contains: 800 mg of Folate, 18mg of Iron
Doesn’t have: DHA
Serving size: 3 pills
This prenatal vegan vitamins contains folate which is important for fetal development. This particular line was created by the actress Alicia Silverstone in order to offer expectant women a whole-food based, non GMO, vegan, gluten-free, organic multivitamins with no synthetic fillers.
This prenatal is packed with 21 essential vitamins and minerals like b12, zinc, and magnesium. It also has organic ginger and peppermint to help alleviate nausea.
Contains: 550 mg of Folate, 21mg of Iron
Doesn’t have: DHA
Serving size: 1 pill
These multivitamins are vegan certified. They are loaded with b12, folate, and iron. Although not organic, they contain no animal by products or derivatives. One pill is quite reasonable to swallow compared to other serving size.
Contains: 350 mg Omega 3 & 1000 mg of DHA.
Doesn’t have: Soy, Gluten, Ethyl Esters, sugar, Artificial colors, and flavors.
Serving Size: 1 soft gel
A good quality DHA supplement is important to support baby’s healthy eyes and brain development.
One should be extra cautious about DHA as some are mercury contaminated, loaded with fillers,and artificial colors.
This vegan DHA is obviously deprived of fish oil. It’s algae and seaweed based.
Contains: 300 mg of DHA-EPA
Serving Size: 1 soft gel
This DHA supplement is micro algae based, it contains no fish or any other animal by-products. This products is produced in a facility inspected by the FDA.
Contains: 800 mg of Folate, probiotics, Herbal blend to alleviate morning sickness.
Doesn’t Have: Iron, Iodine, sugar,preservatives, soy, and Gluten. DHA.
The mama bird prenatal multivitamins are gentle on the stomach due the absence of iron and added herbal blends( chamomile, red raspberry leaf,and ginger). They contains digestive enzymes and probiotic to help with digestive issues that sometimes occur during pregnancy.
Contains: Yeast, 800 mg of Folic Acid, 18mg of Iron, Probiotics.
Doesn’t have: Gluten
Serving Size: 2 tablets
This amazon brand of vegan multivitamins is gluten-free, affordable, and 53 percent food cultured. It’s a mixture of botanicals blend like blackberry, clove, blueberry,lemon balm, peppermint, etc…
Contains: 600 mg of Folate, 800 IU of vegan vitamin D3
Doesn’t have: DHA, Gluten & Soy.Artificial flavors or colorings. Iron.
Serving size: 4 Gummies
These gummies are USDA organic certified, made with no gelatin and cornstarch. They are vegan, non GMO certified, and Kosher.
They are made with berry pectin instead of fruit colorings.
While eating a well-balanced diet, it’s great to know they are other ways to get necessary nutrients not only during pregnancy, before, and after.
It’s also wise to bring whatever supplements you are taking with you at your doctor’s appointment even when they are over the counter. Always discuss with your physician what supplements will work best for you based on your health needs and conditions. Some doctors just prefer to prescribe or recommend certain brands or type of prenatal supplements based on your health history.
Don’t forget to enjoy those 38 to 40 weeks. They might feel like a roller coaster but it will be all worth it when you have your bundle of screaming joy in your arms.
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