Prenatal Vitamins: Why They're Important & Our Customer Favorites

Posted on February 27 2019

Prenatal vitamins are used to promote a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, which, is an important nutrient that can prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. Prenatal vitamins usually contain iron, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals that a woman may be lacking during pregnancy.

Some prenatal vitamins now contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, such as DHA, which is important for brain and eye development in babies. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are naturally found in fish, such as tuna or salmon. It is a major structural fat in your baby's brain and the retina of your baby's eyes. As many pregnant women are advised to limit the intake of fish, supplementing their diet with DHA can help support healthy fetal brain and eye development.

Also, some prenatal vitamins contain docusate sodium, a stool softener that can help prevent or relieve constipation - which is common during pregnancy and can be made worse by the minerals in prenatal vitamins.

Ideally, women should begin taking a prenatal vitamin, or at least a regular multivitamin with at least 400mg of folic acid - while trying to conceive. It is best to start the vitamin early, as folic acid is important very early in pregnancy. Typically, healthcare providers usually recommend a prenatal vitamin at your first prenatal visit. Until you have seen your health care provider, it's a good idea to take a multivitamin or non-prescription prenatal vitamin.

Mountainside Medical's Best Selling Prenatal Vitamins

1. One A Day Prenatal 1 with DHA, Folic Acid, & Omega-3  

One A Day Prenatal 1 with DHA & Folic Acid is a complete multivitamin that provides nutritional support, and is specially designed for women before, during, and after pregnancy. These prenatal vitamins also contain Omega-3 DHA and other key nutrients, such as Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium - all in a single soft gel.

2. One A Day Prenatal Folic Acid Multivitamin with DHA   

One A Day Prenatal Folic Acid Multivitamin supports high levels of nutrients and vitamins that are vital for expecting mothers. Containing Omega-3 DHA, Folic Acid, Calcium, and 15 other essential nutrients and vitamins, one soft gel gives you the extra nutrition that you need to keep you and your baby healthy. 

3. One A Day Women's Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies 

One A Day Women's Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies are complete multivitamins that provides nutritional support during pregnancy in a special gummy formula. While One A Day Women's Prenatal Multivitamin does not contain iron, it does contain key nutrients, such as Folic Acid and Iodine. It is specifically designed for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Use of One A Day Women's Prenatal should be consistent throughout pregnancy and continued wile breastfeeding, as DHA will pass from mother to baby in breast milk. 

4. Nature's Bounty Prenatal Multivitamin  

Nature's Bounty Prenatal Multivitamin contains 800mg of Folic Acid and 200mg of DHA that serves as a multivitamin and mineral supplement that provides you with the nutrients for fetal development. To maintain good health, this one per day formula is designed for before, during, and after pregnancy. 

5. Centrum Specialist Complete Prenatal Multivitamin  

Centrum Specialist Complete Prenatal Multivitamin is the key ingredient to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. It provides key nutrients, such as DHA, Folic Acid, and vitamins from A to Zinc, to help you and your child with a healthy growth and development. The amount of DHA and Folic Acid reduces the risk of brain or spinal cord defects, optimizes breast milk, and supports the healthy feeding process for an infant. 

To see a complete listing of all of our prenatal vitamins, please visit our website by clicking this link, or by calling 1-888-687-4334 for pricing and availability. 

Be sure to check with your doctor or other qualified health care professional before taking any medication, supplement, or before beginning any health regimen.