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 (or breastfeeding). Now, there are countless varieties available, from candy-like gummies to the quintessential protein shake. Sure, the pill and tablet varieties are still a thing, and your OB might even tell you they are a cut above the rest, but the reality is that most prenatals 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).
Prenatal vitamins are a pretty big deal—they give your baby-to-be the nutrients needed to grow and develop properly. In fact, studies have shown that taking prenatal vitamins may even help prevent birth defects. They also may help prevent postpartum hair loss, which (like it or not) happens to most of us some three to four months after delivery.
The downside of prenatals? They don’t help with that morning sickness you’re feeling morning, noon and night. That’s why it’s important to choose a prenatal that you actually like—a.k.a don’t mind taking—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) prenatal vitamins on the market that are not your mama’s horse pills. (Pro tip: Never pop your prenatal on an empty stomach, or you’re sure to spend the next hour hovering over your toilet. You’re welcome).
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.
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! And the three month supply is the perfect quantity.
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. 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 this puppy down. It also doesn’t taste like tar, so that helps too. These are vegan, non-gmo, organic and kosher.
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. This 120 count is great since you won’t have to remember to re-order for a long, long while.
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.
No judgement here — these gummy prenatal vitamins are everything. Some of us have gobbled them down our entire pregnancies (and are 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. Now we know dentists always put their noses up to gummy things, but brush your teeth after taking these so you don’t leave gummy residue behind.
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).
Most people would agree that Amazon does things right—and their prenatal vitamins are no exception. Not only do customers appreciate the reasonable price tag, but the near-2,000 reviews touting their no-nausea side effects also speak volumes. Other reviewers say they actually taste good—not the easiest feat for a prenatal vitamin. They come in orange, lemon and strawberry flavors (every bottle contains a variety) in easy-to-eat, gummy form. They’re chock full of essential pregnancy nutrients including omega-3s, choline and folic acid.
Now that you’ve found your go-to prenatal vitamin, be sure to stock up on these other important pregnancy essentials.