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Choosing Prenatal Vitamins For Pregnancy
It feels like forever since Chris and I announced we were TTC for baby #3! We’ve been trying for the better part of a year now, and if you’re anywhere close to being in the same boat as we are, you probably know how frustrating it can be to see all of the negative pregnancy tests! But, we’re still keeping the faith and doing our part to ensure our final pregnancy starts off the right way – with proper nutrition and a prenatal multivitamin that’s made with organic vegetables and herbs!
Because this will be my third pregnancy, I already know how important it is to take a prenatal multivitamin. We experienced a lot of chromosomal ‘scares’ during our second pregnancy with Jax that required me to have weekly ultrasounds (called Biophysical Profiles), twice weekly Non-Stress Tests, and numerous OB checks. At one point, our doctors believed he had IUGR (which I had as a baby), or Down Syndrome. He was born healthy with a great latch, but was later diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence at about 8 weeks old due to a slew of feeding issues early on.Thinking back, and partially blaming myself, I remember that I waited to start taking a prenatal vitamin until my first OB appointment, which was in my 10th week of pregnancy (my doctor’s office wouldn’t schedule the first appointment any sooner than that). I remember wanting to wait for the prescription prenatal vitamins.
I know, I know.
Of course, you can take a prenatal vitamin at any time during your pregnancy. Luckily, we have a very healthy two-year-old right now. I know that there is little that could have been done to prevent his diagnosis or condition because the exact causes of his condition aren’t currently known. But for overall peace of mind, I feel very strongly about taking a prenatal multivitamin before conception.
There are so many different prenatals on the market right now and choosing the right one for you might seem a little daunting.
Choosing a prenatal multivitamin prior to pregnancy is just as important as taking one during your pregnancy. Here’s how to choose the perfect prenatal for your future pregnancy…
Consider Choosing A Prenatal That Is As Gentle As It Is Effective
I did a lot of research prior to starting to try for another little one, mainly to find a prenatal multivitamin that doesn’t cause nausea. Both of my pregnancies had their fair share of nausea (thank you, pregnancy hormones), which means my multivitamin often didn’t stay in my system, if you catch my drift…
Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin by New Chapter is gentle on the stomach, and can even be taken on an empty stomach. ** The new and improved formula even includes a touch of ginger to soothe nausea.* For pregnant mamas that have trouble keeping food down (let alone your prenatal multivitamin), this is super important!
New Chapter has a unique two-step fermentation method (with the use of beneficial probiotics) which helps make their multivitamins easy to digest and absorb, and brings further vitality to the herbs and nutrients they use to deliver women everything they need for a healthy pregnancy.
So if you experience the oh-so-lovely morning sickness (or afternoon sickness, evening sickness, all-day sickness), then this is the multivitamin for you!
Make Sure Your Prenatal Has Everything You + Your Baby Need
Probably most important when choosing prenatal vitamins for pregnancy is making sure it has everything that both you and your baby need for the healthiest pregnancy. Consider the vitamins and nutrients your prenatal contains – does it include the important ingredients that your baby needs for healthy growth and development?
Fermented Folate (fermented folic acid) – helps with the development of your baby’s spinal cord, brain, and aid in a healthy birth weight*
Vitamin D + Calcium – Calcium helps grow strong bones, so Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium.
Iodine – is strongly recommended for pregnant women
Fermented Iron – helps transport oxygen to your baby while aiding in the production for your own red blood.*
But that isn’t all that the Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin contains…
Organic Superfoods And Nutrients Should Be Included
To pick the prenatal that’s right for you and your pregnancy, look at all of the ingredients and sources of those ingredients. Ask yourself if it’s important for you to take quality, whole food supplements during your pregnancy.
Natural Energy Production
If I could wave my magic wand and grant myself one wish during this future pregnancy – it would probably be to give myself more energy!
Whether you are in the same situation as I am with raising little ones and running your own business, or you are planning on growing your very first tiny human within your womb – energy is a very difficult thing to come by. Luckily, Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin contains fermented B vitamins to aid in natural energy production so you can keep up with life’s demands while creating life ;).
I’ve found that Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin from New Chapter has turned out to be the perfect prenatal for me for so many reasons, but I encourage you to speak with your doctor before making any decisions regarding your prenatal care to be safe!
*Certified Organic by International Certification Services, Inc., Medina, ND, USA
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.