As women know who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or have been pregnant, the amount of information available on prenatal health and wellness is staggering. From dietary advice to best practices for fitness and even beauty, there’s no shortage of dos and don'ts for soon-to-be moms — and all moms, for that matter.
One item on that long to-do list? Finding the right prenatal vitamins with the right ingredients for your needs. With so many options on the market, it’s hard to know not only what’s important, but what’s best for the health of you and your baby.
That’s why we compiled a short-and-sweet list of everything you need to know about prenatal vitamins and how to find the ones that will work best for you. From essential ingredients to dosage and timing, learn how these supplements — and EVVOBODY’s own prenatal formula, MAMA — can help you throughout your pregnancy journey.
HOW PRENATAL VITAMINS DIFFER FROM REGULAR VITAMINS
While similar to a regular multivitamin, prenatal vitamins typically contain more folic acid and iron than your daily go-to. Why the uptick? First, folic acid is known to help prevent neural tube defects, which are serious abnormalities that can occur in the brain and spinal cord. Secondly, Iron supports growth and helps prevent anemia.
Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter and are specifically formulated for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. As with any supplement regimen, it’s important to consult your doctor (especially when pregnant) prior to starting, as different women will have different needs. If, for example, you’ve had a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects or with sickle cell disease, you may need a higher dose of folic acid. If your diet is naturally high in folate, you may need less. It all depends on your own personal needs.
WHEN TO START TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS
As a general rule of thumb, women should begin taking prenatal vitamins at least a month prior to conceiving. The first month of pregnancy (often before a woman even knows she is pregnant!) is one of the most important — it’s when the baby's neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, begins to develop, and having the appropriate vitamins and nutrients can help reduce the risk of some birth defects. Most doctors recommend continuing with the vitamins throughout the duration of your pregnancy.
WHICH PRENATAL VITAMINS ARE BEST FOR ME?
In addition to talking to your healthcare provider, look closely at the prenatal vitamin you are considering. There are a few things important items to look for when selecting the right prenatal vitamin for you: mainly, what’s in it and in what form are the nutrients provided? Typically, you’ll want to be sure it includes the following vitamins and minerals:
EVVOBODY’s prenatal supplement, MAMA, is the standard in prenatal vitamins with uncompromising attention to identifying the most important nutrients your body needs as you prepare to grow a little one. MAMA provides these nutrients in their purest and most bioavailable forms so that they get recognized by your body and put to use as efficiently as possible. It is the nutrients in MAMA that tell the story
For example the Folate in MAMA is not just any Folate; it is 5MTHF which is the most active and bioavailable form of Folate available. MAMA’s Omega-3 is provided via Algal Oil to support the important visual and cognitive development of Baby and to reduce the possibility of allergies, but in a clean vegan form instead of fish oil. MAMA provides Iron in the gentle and absorption-friendly form of ferrous bisglycinate making it much easier on your stomach and comfortable to take every day.
And we even provided superior Vitamin C in it’s optimal and hard-to-find Liposomal form, which bipasses the digestive tract and goes directly into the cell walls for superior absorption. MAMA is made with organic, vegan ingredients and is free from gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy. There are no fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients, and it’s made in the USA in an FDA Registered, GMP-certified facility.
At EVVOBODY, we know that nourishing the precious life that depends on you requires extra attention to what your put in your body. What’s important to you is important to us. That’s why we formulated MAMA, the essential prenatal vitamin to help provide the nutritional foundation your body needs to nurture you and your little one.