Prenatal Vitamins: How to Compare

Let’s compare 2 prenatal vitamins – which would you rather take?


Prenatal #1 is Primacare Prenatal – often prescribed by OBGYNs
This is a once daily caplet which provides:

50 mg of docusate sodium – this is a stool softener, not even a required vitamin or mineral
250 mg of calcium – does not specify which form
240 IU of Vitamin D – the basic recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 400IU for an adult who is not pregnant and emerging research is setting that daily allowance even higher.
25mg of magnesium – the RDA for pregnancy is 350mg
30 mg of iron – CDC recommended dose
50 mg of B6
1 mg of folic acid – at least this is adequate to prevent neural tube defects.

Well that is it, that is all the supplemental nutrition that this mom and baby are going to get. Most nutrients do not even meet the RDA and then lets mention the missing ingredients…Vitamins C, E, K, A, minerals such as zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and many others. Also these lack essential fatty acids, probiotics, CoQ10 and choline.

I think we can do better, don’t you??


Pregnant Belly
Order Metagenics Prenatal Vitamins Prenatal Vitamin #2 is Metagenics Wellness Essentials for Pregnancy
This is supplement packet which provides:


Advanced Prenatal Multi (2 tablets):
Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) 1500 IU
Vitamin A (as mixed carotenoids) 4000 IU
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, niacinamide ascorbate) 500 mg
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 500 IU
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) 100 IU
Vitamin K 90 mcg
Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate) 3.4 mg
Riboflavin 3.4 mg
Niacin (as niacinamide ascorbate) 35 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 20 mg
Folate (as folic acid, 5-formyl tetrahydrofolate) 1 mg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 120 mcg
Biotin 300 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 20 mg
Iron (as iron glycinate†) 30 mg
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 175 mcg
Zinc (as zinc glycinate†) 25 mg
Selenium (as selenium aspartate) 200 mcg
Copper (as copper citrate) 2 mg
Manganese (as manganese glycinate†) 1.2 mg
Chromium (as chromium nicotinate glycinate†) 200 mcg
Molybdenum (as molybdenum aspartate) 25 mcg
Inositol 50 mg

Calcium/Magnesium (2 tablets):
Calcium (as calcium citrate) 400 mg
Magnesium (as magnesium oxide) 300 mg

Choline (1 softgel):
Choline (as choline bitartrate) 200 mg

EPA-DHA Extra Strength® Lemon-Flavored (2 softgels):
Natural Marine Lipid Concentrate 2 g EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 600 mg DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 400 mg

DHA LemonGels™ (1 softgel):
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 55 mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 100 mg
Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids 20 mg


This option is much more complete, with the added essential fatty acids and choline for brain development. This option also provides all vital nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in at least the RDA dosage requirements for pregnancy. The only things I would add to this packet would be CoQ10 and a probiotic.

Where do you order one of the best prenatal vitamins for the highest support of your baby's development?

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