What Are the Best Prenatal Vitamins?
on Nov 08, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
Pregnant already or just trying to conceive, now is the time to begin taking prenatal vitamins. Let's sort through all of the different kinds and determine which ones would be best for you.
Whether you are already pregnant, or just in the trying stages, and working on getting your body ready, you might be interested in which prenatal vitamins are the best. There are a ton of different brands on the market, so how will you know which ones are the best for you? In this article we will try to help you sort through all of the different kinds and determine which ones would be best for you. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
It might be a bit overwhelming when you first begin searching for prenatal vitamins. There are pages and pages of them online, and they can take up a whole aisle at the health food store. How in the world do you choose? Here are a few tips.
Your doctor might have a favorite brand of prenatal vitamins that he or she might recommend to all patients, or he or she might have a special one in mind for you. At the very least, your doctor should be able to provide you with a list of things to look for on the label, including ingredients and amounts that you should make sure to check before purchasing a certain prenatal vitamin. Usual ingredients that your doctor should tell you to look for are: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin E, Calcium, Zinc and Iron. Your doctor might want to recommend a vitamin with other ingredients as well, so make sure you ask for a recommendation. Another great bonus to asking your doctor for tips? Most doctors are more than happy to give patients some samples of different prenatal vitamins so you can see which ones you like best.
If your doctor gives you a sample of prenatal vitamins, and you try them out and like them, by all means go ahead and buy the big bottle and get that bulk discount. But, I would recommend only buying a small bottle of a prenatal vitamin at first to see how you react to it. It is very common to have reactions to a prenatal vitamin, especially being sick to your stomach after you take it. You also want to make sure that you get a pill that will dissolve easily and quickly in your stomach, or it can cause stomach issues. Some prenatal vitamins can also give you gas or constipate you, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to buy the biggest bottle out there only to find that you can’t really tolerate it very well, and you have to buy another replacement bottle of a different brand. I had to do this four times when I was pregnant with my son, and it was costly and aggravating.
When you choose a prenatal vitamin that works well for you, tell your doctor about it. Better yet, take the bottle with you to your next appointment so your doctor can check it out. Ask if you need to supplement your prenatal vitamin with anything else, such as additional iron, calcium or folic acid. Some women have certain pregnancy issues or complications that require them to have additional levels of certain vitamins or minerals. By letting your doctor examine the prenatal vitamin that you chose, and being able to know if you need to supplement it with anything else, you are guaranteeing that you will have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.