A woman eating an ideal diet does not need a vitamin/mineral supplement; and the honest truth is most women will have healthy babies even without taking a supplement. However, rare is the woman who knows what a perfectly balanced diet is. Rarer still is the woman who has the discipline, time and resources to never miss a meal. Armed with this knowledge, I look to a multivitamin and mineral supplement as an insurance policy. Even when a woman's intake is not perfect, the supplement will fill in the gaps and make sure baby and mom get every nutrient they need every day.
This is not to say that a vitamin/mineral supplement can or should replace food. Food sources of nutrients are always superior because they are more completely absorbed by the body. It is also important to remember that a vitamin/mineral supplement does not contain protein.
After a lot of research and after trying several supplements myself, I recommend Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatal One Multivitamin™. Not only is this the only vitamin that doesn't make me nauseas, but it is also the most complete prenatal I found. An added bonus is that you only take one pill a day.
Prenatal One™ Multivitamin supports all body systems of pregnant and nursing women with:
- Research-Backed Multivitamin Protection - from optimal potencies of critical nutrients including extra iron and the full 800 mcg of folic acid, plus the highest potency calcium and magnesium of any one-per-day prenatal multivitamin.
- A Gentle Prenatal Blend - of nourishing botanicals, traditionally used to support a healthy pregnancy, including fresh ginger juice to help soothe digestion.
- Guaranteed 100% Natural - for exceptional purity when moms and babies need it most.
This supplement is available at most health food stores and online. The best price I have found, including shipping, is online at Vitacost.com
As of 10/2011 the price was $44.99 for a 150 day supply.