I've been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for over 4 years straight now, so I've taken my fair share of prenatal vitamins (prenatal vitamins are for pregnant and lactating women).
I used to buy whatever was cheapest at the drugstore, but somewhere along my green journey I decided to look for a prenatal vitamin without weird additives (artificial colors, flavors or preservatives). Then I found this article from Consumer Search, which evaluated prenatal vitamins according to recommended levels of vitamins by leading obstetrical experts, ratings by ConsumerLab (which conducts independent testing of nutritional supplement quality), as well as screening for lead by the FDA. Their inexpensive recommendation by RiteAid I was never able to find (I think it's been discontinued), but I tried their other two recommendations: Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Vitamins and GNC Women's Prenatal Formula with Iron.
I was also interested in the Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatal One Multivitamin, which I'd seen for sale at Whole Foods, because it also contains probiotics as well as raspberry leaf and ginger, traditionally used to support a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, it got a poopy rating for lead from the FDA, despite their claim of "exceptional purity." I emailed the company to ask if they had taken any steps to insure their product had lower lead levels since the FDA's publication in 2008, and never received a response.
During the last few years, I've mostly taken Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Vitamins. You take it once a day. The pills are small, easy to swallow, and do not upset my stomach. But then yesterday, I saw this article on Simple Organic that recommended taking a supplement, such as New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal, that is both organic and made from "whole foods." That sounds like a great idea to me, but I can't find any independent research on New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal for the time being.
So for now, I'm sticking with Pregnancy Plus.
What's your favorite prenatal vitamin and how did you select it?
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