I had a really hard time swallowing vitamins during my first trimester. I was incredibly nauseous that I even hated chewing and tasting gummy vitamins! I tried a few different bottles, both food-based and synthetic and I found 4 that I enjoy and can tolerate to take on a daily basis. I really do not have a preference between food-based or synthetic vitamins, however I do notice that I feel less nauseous when I started taking Rainbow Light versus another producing synthetic vitamins.
- Rainbow Light Prenatal Petite Mini-Tab Multivitamin– First off, I HATE LARGE THICK HARD VITAMINS. They are so hard to swallow and I gag on them every time I take them. After trying different types, I am so happy to have found these tablets which are still kind of big (length wise), but they are thin! It is easy to swallow and goes down my throat smoothly. In addition, it does not have a gross after taste! This may be TMI, but I love that this brand does not leave me constipated due to the added probiotics! I bought mine at Whole Foods and I restock every 60 days.
- Whole Foods Market, Triglyceride-Form Prenatal DHA– I know a lot of things during pregnancy are very important, but did you know that DHA helps build your baby’s brain, nervous system, and eyes? I thought my prenatal vitamins could do all the work to support my baby’s growing needs, but I wanted something extra to enhance that. These gel capsules are small in size and really easy to take. No fishy or after taste. Highly recommend!
- 365 Vitamin B6– Like I mentioned earlier, I had terrible morning sickness during my first trimester. When I was pregnant with Nathan, my nausea would come during the evening and I would just sleep it off to get over it. With Baby #2, it’s ALL DAY EVERY DAY. It was soo bad that I lost nearly 6 pounds because I couldn’t stand the smell or the taste of anything! I read through numerous articles and pregnancy forums that Vitamin B6 could help ease nausea. To be honest, it did but not every day. It was a hit or miss, but it really also depended on what I ate that day. I like how it gave me an extra boost of energy without having to drink coffee or tea. I most definitely needed to get me through the day since I hid my pregnancy for the first 16 weeks at the office.
- 365 Folic Acid– Folic acid, the synthetic form of vitamin B9, also known as folate is also very important to take during pregnancy or while trying to become pregnant. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects and while it’s already in my prenatal vitamins, it does not hurt to add on a little bit more! I like this one from Whole Foods Market because it’s tiny and very easy to take.
I bought all 4 from Whole Foods Market. Sometimes, they go on sale, so I make sure to stock up. Call me crazy, but ever since my last miscarriage 3 years ago, I wanted to take every precaution to make sure my body and baby were receiving enough nutrients. These are the vitamins that are working for me and that I prefer. Please consult with your midwife or doctor if these vitamins are suitable for you as well. Now, to be honest, pregnancy brain kicks full-force and sometimes I forget to take them in the beginning! But, keeping them in my purse and setting an alarm helps me remember. What are you favorite prenatal vitamins? Have you tried any of these? If so, what are your thoughts?
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