Best Pregnancy Supplements

Whether you’re trying for a baby, have a bun in the oven, or are a new mum, there’s a huge list of vitamins and minerals that can support you during your pregnancy.

Knowing the benefits of different nutrients - from folic acid and vitamin D to iodine and iron supplements - can help you work with your doctor to find the right pregnancy vitamin for you. Continue Reading...

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Oh we're sorry to hear this didn't work for you! Sometimes women can't tolerate any supplements in the first trimester. We wish you all the best for the rest of your pregnancy. x

Kin Fertility The Prenatal

Kin Fertility The Prenatal 🏆 2024

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Steph A
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Actual Human
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Don't take unless you want to poop uncontrollablyTerrible. Within 2 days of changing from my regular prenatal (Eagle Tresos Natal) to Blackmores I have had the worst gastrointestinal problems I've ever had in my life. Don't cheap out my friends, unless you want a bowel cleanse. Show details
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Blackmores Conceive Well Gold

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Mary
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Messed with my cycleI really should've listened to other reviews. Only one month on this and it has majorly delayed my very regular cycle! Doctor also said it doesn't have the recommended amount of folic acid. Regret taking this. Show details
Fefol Multi-Preg Liquid Cap

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Stacey B
Stacey BVIC3 posts
 
The best lube I have ever usedUse the big tube and the internal lube for about 2 months and fell pregnant after years of trying. Pretty expensive lube but worth it now we have fallen pregnant with a baby girl. Show details
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Eden
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Wouldn’t buy againUnfortunately Elevit made me feel super sick. I was constantly nauseous and had diarrhoea, both which resolved the moment I switched prenatals. I did love the ease of the all in one product but unfortunately it didn’t work for me.
5tacka
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Didnt suit meThis product was a really big cause to my nausea and vomiting.

Forgot it one day and felt amazing! When i remembered and I took it that night and had the worst sickness all night. I will not buy it again as this product does not agree with my body.

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Dr Hannah
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Easy to swallow even with severe morning sicknessI had trouble keeping other supplements down, but these are nice little tablets that are easy to swallow. Reviewers who think that folate and folic acid are different should go back to secondary school. Folic acid is a type of folate and it is metabolised in the same way as natural folate. Not dangerous at all, and best for your baby. Show details
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Nicole
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The best !I was on elevit when I first found out I was pregnant they made me feel soooooo sick. These tablets were a life saver they don’t make me feel nauseous or sick. Show details
Monique
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folic acid is not methylatedThe folic acid in Nature's Own does not contain methylated folic acid so it is more difficult for the body to use it. Stress and other factors can inhibit the bodies ability to use folic acid. I would recommend using folic acid that specifies methylated folic acid is included.
Sarita
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Flash
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MamaCare was a life saver for meElevit made me so constipated and I had to stop taking it because of morning sickness. Then I found MamaCare. I can get the extra nutrition I need like folic acid and iodine and not feel awful everyday. It has lots of vitamins and I know it is doing me good. Show details
Ziggy
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Misleading advertisingThese tablets are called “Iron Plus” if you look at the ingredients they have a very low dose of Iron compared to most other brands…5mg of iron is zilch compared to other brands..always read the back of the bottle, other reviewers have suggested this works well…I suspect that’s more a placebo effect. Show details
Emilia
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Easy to swallowI'm not very good at swallowing pills, but these are so tiny I don't have any issues at all. Was perfect when taking during my first pregnancy, and I'm taking them now again in preparation for my second pregnancy.
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Bella
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Worked straight away!My partner and I tried for a month with no luck. Decided to give these tablets a go and after a month on them we fell pregnant straight away. 100% recommend! Show details
Stacey B
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My new favourite Prenatal VitaminsThis is my third month taking these. I have taken them at the same time as the ovualtion support. they don't have any gross after tastes but I take them with milk so that may be why. they have the right amount of Folic Acid and myo inositol Show details
Customers
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Pill is way to big to swallowI’ve had too many people
Complaining about the size of the pill. So I tried and agree, day one, day two and day three all Stick in my throat. 3rd day being the worse as I had to drink warm water for it to dissolve in my throat to get it to go down. Good ingredients but won’t be using it until you use a softer capsule Show details
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Tastes disgusting. A real struggle to get downI was hopeful of this product given the quality of their other products. This however tastes disgusting. Nothing hides the taste and for me it just repeated in my tummy. Over the course of 1.5weeks I haven’t found it helps any. Show details
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Didn't work for meTried their hot chocolate product for a few weeks and found that it did not help increase my breastmilk output at all. The taste of the hot chocolate itself is decent albeit the top ingredient being coconut sugar. Like others, my review on their website was deleted which I feel is pretty dishonest of them to do. Show details

What supplements should you take during pregnancy?

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Pregnant women are often at the receiving end of unsolicited advice from friends and strangers alike. While it’s often well-meaning, it can overwhelm expectant mothers with information and make it difficult for them to cut through the noise and know what is actually important when it comes to their own health and that of their baby.

There are no specific supplements you “should” be taking, however they can aid your own health as well as the growth and development of your child. The truth is, every pregnancy is different, and whether certain supplements will actually benefit you can depend on a variety of factors.

Antenatal (or prenatal) supplements will usually contain a combination of the following vitamins and minerals:

Folic acid (folate)

Folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) aids in the development of a foetus’ nervous system and helps protect against neural tube defects (including spina bifida), so pregnant women should ensure they’re getting enough of this important vitamin.

It’s generally recommended to take a daily folic acid supplement of 500 micrograms if you’re planning a pregnancy or are in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy. You should also eat foods high in folate - this includes green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, legumes and nuts.

Some women are at a higher risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect. This includes women who have already had a baby with a neural tube defect, women with a neural tube defect or close relative with the condition, those who take medication for seizures or epilepsy, and women who have type 1 diabetes.

If this is you, you may need a higher dose of folic acid, however higher doses must be taken under medical supervision.

Iron

The recommended daily intake of iron for pregnant women is 27mg per day (this is 9mg a day more than for women who aren’t pregnant). While this requirement increases, pregnant women don’t experience as much iron loss as they don’t menstruate.

It’s still important to eat iron-rich foods (such as red meat, seafood, beans, and fortified cereals), however having low iron levels during pregnancy is common, and so iron supplements may be needed. Often vegans, vegetarians, and teenagers (as they’re still growing themselves) who are pregnant greatly benefit from iron tablets.

If you decide to take iron supplements as well as a general antenatal supplement, it may be a good idea to take them at different times of the day. This is because iron absorption can be inhibited by nutrients commonly found in multivitamins, such as calcium and zinc.

Iodine

Iodine helps reduce the risk of a condition called cretinism in your baby, which causes a reduction in mental capacity and physical deformities or abnormalities.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women require more iodine, particularly during the first 20 weeks, and so it’s recommended to have 150 micrograms of iodine supplementation per day if you’re planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Foods that are iodine-rich include seafood, seaweed, eggs, meat, and dairy products.

If you’re iodine-deficient, your doctor may recommend supplementation prior to conception, as it can take up to 5 months of mineral supplementation for your body stores to return to a healthy level.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is vital for hormone and immune function and helps build and maintain healthy bones and teeth by assisting with calcium absorption for both you and your bub.

Since most of our vitamin D3 intake comes from the sun, women with darker skin, women who wear concealing clothing (for religious or personal reasons), and women who don’t spend much time outdoors may be at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency.

A blood test can determine your vitamin D levels, and your doctor may recommend vitamin D3 supplements if these results are low.

Omega-3 fatty acids

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Omega-3 fatty acids help with the development of your baby’s brain, vision, and nervous system. DHA is a particularly important omega-3 fatty acid that is marine-based, and so supplementation might be important if you don’t eat oily fish such as salmon or trout multiple times a week.

If, like many other pregnant women, you have an increased sensitivity to taste, you can find odourless fish oil to help you get your omega-3s without having to deal with a fishy aftertaste.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps the body absorb folate, promotes nervous system health, and aids the formation of DNA and red blood cells in your baby. Because it’s generally obtained from animal foods, including animal by-products (such as dairy and eggs), B12 supplementation may be particularly important for vegan and vegetarian expectant mothers.

B12 supplementation can benefit mothers during pregnancy as well as while they’re breastfeeding.

How about herbal supplements?

Some herbal supplements, such as red raspberry leaf and ginger root, are thought to be beneficial for the health of pregnant women and their babies. However, just because herbs are natural, doesn’t mean they’re necessarily safe to take.

Talk to your doctor about any herbal supplements you’re considering taking. Don’t assume that because your doctor gives you the OK to take a herbal supplement, that that means you can take other kinds of herbal supplements during pregnancy.

Tips for taking pregnancy supplements

  • Ensure you take your supplements during meals to maximise absorption and reduce the chance that they’ll upset your stomach and cause nausea.
  • Check the ingredients of multivitamins against supplementation your doctor has recommended, taking note of the dosage of each active ingredient. Keeping track of these can help you achieve a blood test result with healthy levels across the board.
  • Don’t assume that more of a nutrient equals more health benefits. Some vitamins and supplements can be dangerous when taken in large amounts (such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, or vitamin C, to name a few), so ensure you seek medical advice before taking them.
  • Sometimes the iron in antenatal vitamins can cause constipation. To prevent this, drink plenty of fluids, eat more fibre-rich foods, and ask your doctor about using a stool softener.

Are antenatal and postnatal vitamins the same?

Because many of the nutritional requirements are the same or similar between pregnancy stages, many pregnancy supplements are formulated to also accommodate the needs of women trying to conceive as well as new mothers in the postpartum stage. This eliminates the need for you to switch supplements between stages and start that whole new painful process of trial and error each time.

There are however supplements specifically for the postnatal period - these are often marketed as for breastfeeding mothers, as the nutrients are generally geared towards newborn development and sometimes contain ingredients that assist with the production of breast milk.

Certain herbs, such as fenugreek and fennel, are touted as helping with lactation and preventing hair loss, and are sometimes included as ingredients in postnatal supplements for this reason. More often than not, the support for these ingredients is anecdotal rather than scientific - this isn’t necessarily a reason to steer clear of them, but as you should with anything you ingest, take hearsay with a grain of salt.

Commonly asked questions

When should I start taking pregnancy supplements?

Ideally, you should start taking pregnancy supplements before conceiving, when you start trying for a pregnancy. Of course, not all women who fall pregnant have the luxury of planning on their side, so discuss with your doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant so you can start taking any needed vitamins for early pregnancy as soon as you can.

How long should I take antenatal vitamins for after delivery?

Generally speaking, you can continue to take your antenatal or postnatal supplements for at least 6 months postpartum to replenish and maintain your nutrient stores, or for the whole breastfeeding period if you are breastfeeding your baby. Check the packaging of your antenatal supplements to see whether they are also suitable to take after delivery.

Can certain vitamins and supplements help me conceive?

There’s no conclusive evidence that taking a certain supplement can help with conception, however there are plenty of men and women who swear that certain pre-pregnancy vitamins helped them get a positive pregnancy result. If you do decide to take fertility or preconception supplements, remember to not put all of your faith in a tablet.

The bottom line

Vitamins and supplements should never replace a healthy, balanced diet. You can’t out-supplement poor nutrition.

This article provides general information about taking supplements while pregnant. You and your doctor know your specific health requirements, and so you should discuss with them for individualised advice so you know what to try and what to bump.

Preconception, pregnancy, and the postpartum period can be a difficult time, particularly when you’re trying to navigate your body’s physical and emotional changes as well as meet its increased nutritional needs.

If you’re worried about not being able to find a pregnancy supplement that’s right for you, rest easy - it’s completely normal, and good things take time.

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