Besides a sound, well-balanced, and clean diet, proper exercise, rest, and mind/body balance, vitamins are a necessary requirement for women wishing to conceive and who are already pregnant.

Optimal intake of: Zinc, selenium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, calcium, chromium, boron, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, folic acid, and essential fatty acids are essential.

Most OTC prenatal vitamins have these essential components, however, choosing the best one for you can be overwhelming. I suggest visiting a local co-op or natural food store to purchase vitamins in general. The quality and manufacturing can be more trustworthy. The downfall is they may be more expensive, but it’s good to spend for quality when it comes to healthy babies.

The three main prenatal vitamin lines sold in our area are: Rainbow Light, New Chapter, and Garden of Life Vitamin Code. Within these lines they do have sub-brands or specialty brands of prenatal vitamins. We cannot discuss all of the subtleties here today.

Here are four important factors to consider:

  1. Are you looking for any of the following: Untreated and unadulterated, organic, 100% natural, free of preservative & additives, fillers, binders, colors, flavors, and sweeteners, and free of gluten, soy, dairy/lactose, yeast, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish or 100% vegetarian.
  1. What additional components are you seeking? Many prenatal vitamin lines include many helpful herbs and supplements to their formulas including: Antioxidants, enzymes, fruits, vegetables, and other western and eastern medicinal herbal products.
  1. Manufacturing Practices: Purity, certified organic, allergen free, high packaging standards.
  1. How well does your body handles the vitamins? If your digestion becomes disrupted from prenatal vitamins, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or morning sickness, you can try taking them on a full stomach, try a different time of day, or switch brands. You should first try these simple measures. Often times a switch from one brand to another can remedy many mild problems.

Always seek professional advice if you are not sure.