Incorporating a prenatal vitamin easier into your nutritional regimen when you’re planning a pregnancy, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding is the best way to support your vitamin and nutrient intake that is often lacking in the foods we eat.
Consuming prenatal vitamins helps to support a healthy pregnancy, and helps to replenish the vitamin stores that are depleted when breastfeeding.
Prenatal Vitamins Easier Than Big Pills
Due to a number of nutrients recommended for soon-to-be moms, prenatal supplements can be large and difficult to swallow. Many times, prenatal vitamins in pill-form have been known to cause upset stomach—particularly when there are several pills/tablets in one serving.
If you find yourself having difficulty swallowing your prenatal vitamins in pill-form, there are other ways that are just as effective to ensure you’re providing your body with the nutrients you and your baby need.
Gummy Prenatal Vitamins
These soft and chewable prenatal vitamins serve as a delicious treat that can help provide you with many of the nutrients you need during pregnancy. Particularly during the first trimester, gummy prenatal vitamins can help women who battle the onset of nausea and constipation.
However, most gummies usually lack two important nutrients – iron and calcium. As such, it is recommended that women who prefer gummy prenatal vitamins supplement with additional sources of iron and calcium to ensure they don’t end up with deficiencies in these two nutrients. Since calcium can make absorption of iron more difficult, we suggest taking one supplement in the morning and the other at night.
Moreover, women who are watching their sugar intake should be cautious when supplementing with gummy prenatal vitamins, as their sugar content tends to be higher than that of your average prenatal vitamin.
Protein Shake Prenatal Vitamins
Prenatal vitamins in the form of a protein shake can be a great and easier way to get your prenatal vitamins while simultaneously supporting your protein intake.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends pregnant women consume a minimum of 71 grams of protein per day (Nutrients and Vitamins in Pregnancy ).
In particular, vegan and vegetarian women may benefit greatly from supplementing with prenatal vitamins in the form of a protein shake to help them maintain their daily protein requirements.
Drink/Beverage Prenatal Vitamins
One of the easiest forms of supplementing with prenatal vitamins may very well be when they’re consumed as a beverage.
Particularly useful for pregnant women with sensitive gag reflexes and first-trimester nausea, these prenatal vitamins usually come in a powdered form that dissolves quickly in water or any beverage of choice.
Usually available in 1-serving packets, these prenatal vitamins can be a great substitute for the unpleasant ‘horse pill’ to be used in the morning in combination with other supplements, or is easy to take on-the-go.
The American Pregnancy Association’s recommendation for a Prenatal Vitamin Drink: Prenatal Oxylent®
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Last updated: July 29, 2017 at 10:59 am