In the category of “Why didn’t they think of this before?”, behold the prenatal vitamin in gummy form! For years, pregnant women had to take vitamins that were charitably referred to as horse pills.
As with any supplement, you should always seek advice from your medical provider on what is best for you. These vitamin gummies are a good first step, between the moment you realize you’re pregnant and your first doctor appointment. Your doc may modify the vitamin based on your specific needs during pregnancy.
When it comes to prenatal vitamins, there are two key recommendations from the government: folic acid and DHA.
Folic acid. The Center for Disease Control recommends pregnant women take a vitamin that contains 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid. The CDC explains why:
During early development, folic acid helps form the neural tube. Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida).
DHA. The current recommendation is 300 mcg of DHA per day in your prenatal vitamin. (You can also get more DHA from your diet).
Important note: Gummy prenatal vitamins do not contain iron or calcium. These may be recommended by your doctor for your pregnancy—ask your doc what would be best for you.
What We Liked
• Good flavor! These gummies have a slight orange taste.
• Easy to chew.
• Gluten free.
• Only need to take TWO gummies per day. Other gummy prenatal vitamins we looked at require FOUR per day. That can be a problem for some folks.
• No high-fructose corn syrup.
• No dairy, no artificial colors.
What Needs Work
• Not everyone likes the taste. Some folks think they are too sweet. We thought they tasted better than most prenatal gummy vitamins we tried, but we realize some folks disagree!
• Occasional aftertaste.
• No iron, no calcium.
• Only contains 360 mcg of folic acid. The current recommendation is 400 mcg of folic acid.
• Only has 50 mcg of DHA. That’s short of the current recommendation of 300 mcg.