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Top 5 Best Prescription Prenatal Vitamins

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Many women do not get enough vitamins and minerals to support a healthy pregnancy on their own. This is where prescription prenatal vitamins can help. But not all prenatal vitamins are equal. There are many, many prescription prenatal vitamins on the market from organic to chewable to those with DHA. How do you know you are getting the best for you and your baby? Here is a guide to the Top 5 best prescription prenatal vitamins money can buy.

1. Prenate Elite: Forget about those gigantic horse pills of the past. Prenate Elite is a small vitamin with all of the same benefits as the larger ones. It is film coated so that there is no nasty smell or taste. Some women feel that typical prenatal vitamins make their morning sickness worse, but Prenate Elite has a lower incidence of nausea. It also contains extra folic acid which is thought to aid in DNA and red blood cell production.

2. NataChew: These vitamins are for women on the go. There is no need for water because they are easily chewable. These contain one milligram of additional folic acid. NataChew do not have the same unpleasant taste as most prenatal vitamins.

3. CitraNatal with DHA: This prenatal vitamin contains calcium (many do not), iron, and DHA. This vegetable based DHA has recently been shown to improve fetal brain development, cognition, and visual acuity. Mom also gets the added benefits of improved hair, skin, and nails. Because constipation is a common issue during pregnancy, CitraNatal also contains a gentle stool softener. I currently take this prenatal vitamin and I am very pleased with it. The DHA comes in a separate capsule and it is one of the few prenatal vitamins containing calcium.

4. DuetDHA: This prenatal vitamin has two parts. There is your typical multivitamin containing folic acid, iron, calcium, and other minerals. There is also a capsule containing both DHA and omega 3 fatty acids. There is some research which suggests that DHA may decrease the risk of premature birth. Also, DuetDHA has an enteric coating so that it doesn’t dissolve until it gets to the intestines. This helps to minimize stomach upset.

5. Nestabs FA: Another great small and odorless product. This one is even kosher certified and it doesn’t have an aftertaste.

It is important to note that prescription prenatal vitamins containing extra folic acid may mask certain types of anemia. Check with your doctor if this is a concern for you. Also, never take more vitamins than prescribed. Although they may seem harmless, some vitamins are fat soluble and build up in the body for extended periods of time. This can be toxic to you and your baby. As always, consult your doctor about which prenatal vitamins are best for you.