Thankfully, moms of today have fatefully avoided the prehistoric prenatal vitamin that our own mothers had to swallow — aka the near thumb-sized horse pill — during pregnancy. Now, there are countless prenatal vitamin varieties available, from gummies or liquid form to the quintessential protein shake. The pill and tablet options are still available, but the reality is most prenatal vitamins on the market today are filled with the same, good-for-you and good-for-baby stuff (folic acid, vitamins B, C and D, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, and the list goes on).
When choosing the best prenatal vitamin, your job as mom-to-be (or breastfeeding mama) should be to find one that you actually like, considering you’ll be gulping that goodie down every damn day. To give your search a little gusto, here are the most edible (hell, even tasty) prenatals out there that are not your mama’s horse pills. (Remember, you’ll want to take your prenatals in addition to maintaining a healthy diet.)
IF YOU LIKE YOUR PRENATALS PETITE
Yes, they come in tablet form, but get this: they’re petite! What does that mean exactly? Basically, they’re easy to swallow, and, per the description, they’re “ideal for moms who have trouble swallowing larger tablets” (basically all of us). Also, the prenatal blend is made from a gentle combo of nutrients that are easy to stomach (a quality that morning sickness will make you eternally grateful for). And good things come in little packages! These mini tablets include 800 micrograms of folic acid, which promotes healthy spine and brain development, in addition to a heaping dose of antioxidants, magnesium, B vitamins, probiotics, and more.
IF YOU LIKE TO “SUBSCRIBE”
If you’re the type who likes to “sign up for sh*t and be done,” these Ritual prenatal vitamins were made for you. They’ll deliver one bottle each month that covers your supply, and unlike other subscription services, it’s easy to cancel at any time. In addition to their super-transparent bottle (that you can actually see through), their mission is to be transparent with their ingredients. They even specify the exact form of the vitamins and minerals they source. Oh, did we mention their no-nausea capsule design? Yeah, impressive. The non-GMO formula is vegan-certified and gluten-free, too.
IF YOU’RE NOT A FAN OF SEAFOOD
Another low-cost brand that moms-to-be rave over is Nature Made’s prenatal + DHA. (DHA is the seriously good-for-you fat found in certain fish like salmon and cod.) If you’re the type to pass up a seafood dinner, these puppies contain the full recommended daily allowance of DHA, and since they’re in softgel form, they’re much easier to swallow. Plus, they don’t have that same fishy taste that many DHA-laden softgels do!
IF YOU’RE A FAN OF CLUELESS
This prenatal and multivitamin rolled into one is the only USDA-certified organic prenatal made only from food, over 30 organic foods and herbs to be exact, which makes you wonder what the heck the others are made of. Though it does come in tablet form, vegan- and clean eating-obsessed Alicia Silverstone is one of the co-creators, which makes us 80s babies feel a whole lot better about sucking that puppy down. It also doesn’t taste like tar, so that helps too.
IF THIS DOUBLES AS YOUR DESSERT
Not only do these prenatals come in delicious gummy form, but they actually switch things up in the flavor department, too! These gummies offer flavors like lemon, orange, and strawberry-banana varieties sans the gross chemicals and fillers (artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup). The downside? You won’t get your day’s dose of iron in this prenatal, so you’ll have to take a separate supplement to fulfill that requirement. If you want to try a different popular gummy option, give Olly prenatals a go!
IF YOU’RE INTO GOOP
If you think Gwyneth Paltrow touts the best earthy sh*t, you’ll want to be in on her prenatal (and postnatal) vitamin obsession, which she has protested her love for. In all seriousness, as a mom, you really just want to make sure your baby-to-be gets the best of the best — and New Chapter sets the bar high when it comes to standards for vitamins and supplements (organic, Non-GMO, premium high-quality goodness).
IF YOU’RE A CHEAPO (LIKE ME)
No judgement here — these gummy prenatal vitamins are everything. I gobbled them down my entire pregnancy (and I’m still taking them thanks to breastfeeding). Put bluntly, they’re the cheapest prenatals on the shelves at your local CVS and they don’t taste bad. They’re filled with all the vitamins and nutrients you need and the coloring is from natural sources. Zinc, folic acid, DHA, choline, niacin, and vitamin D are just some of the nutrients these gummies contain.
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