Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | June 2019
When you find out you’re pregnant, there are naturally a lot of questions that arise. One of the biggest questions is, “What foods should I eat?” Another big question is, “What is the best prenatal multivitamin for me?” The quest for answers to each of these questions is motivated by the desire to provide optimal support and nourishment for the health and wellness of your developing baby (or babies!) – the next generation. We’ve got you covered, momma!
Baby & Me™
Our original pre- and postnatal, Baby & Me™ supports the health of you and your baby with a range of supportive nutrients all delivered with real food like carrots, broccoli, organic oranges, cranberries and blueberries, plus brown rice from our trusted farm partners.* In four daily tablets you get 4 mg of B6 to accommodate higher requirements during pregnancy, 600 IU (15 mcg) of vitamin D to support already healthy bones, and a pregnancy-appropriate 600mg of folic acid to support the healthy development of your child.*
Part of the reason you’ll find a serving size of 4 tablets per day is because we include our Nurturing Prenatal Blend, which delivers herbs to support strength, balance and healthy mood of a woman during pregnancy - things like ginger, red raspberry leaf, and a range of fresh whole foods.*
Baby & Me 2™
But hey we get it – when you’re pregnant, sometimes it’s a challenge to even take your prenatal multivitamin regularly! You may be feeling nauseous and tired, with a list of things left undone. The good news is that our Baby & Me 2™ option is only a 2-tablet per day formula with the same real food from our trusted farm partners included as our original. It’s herb-free, for those who either prefer, or have been advised by their trusted healthcare practitioner, not to take herbs during pregnancy.
Baby & Me 2 is formulated by our Chief Medical Advisor Doctor Tieraona Low Dog, an award-winning and internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health. Baby & Me 2 contains choline, a nutrient that is rarely found in prenatal formulas, yet is vitally important. Why? Choline supports the healthy development of the baby, and is needed for optimal health of both the nervous and endocrine system.*1 Recent population studies have shown that common diets may be low or deficient in choline.*2
Baby & Me 2 also contains 600 mcg of folate to support the healthy development of the child.* This 600 mcg amount supplements the 200 mcg of folate that can be easily obtained from the diet. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, are an excellent dietary source of folate. The folate in Baby & Me 2 is delivered in the methylated form which is more readily utilized by many women.*
As is always true with MegaFood multivitamins, each of our pre and postnatal formulas can be taken any time of day, even on an empty stomach.* This is great news for pregnant mommas-to-be, as they may be struggling with feeling queasy or dealing with digestive changes. Plus, as you may know, obsessed with quality and safety, and so these pre- and postnatal multivitamins are non-GMO Project Verified, vegetarian, tested to be free of dairy, gluten and soy, and are certified glyphosate residue free!
Pregnant women have an opportunity to take a prenatal multivitamin that contains real food from trusted farm partners plus added nutrients. In fact, I trust these formulas so completely that I have given it directly to expectant mommas that I cherish in my life. Be sure to check in with your own trusted healthcare practitioner to see which MegaFood formula is the right supplement for you! And many blessings on your journey!
Looking for a probiotic to complement your pre- and postnatal multivitamin? Give our MegaFlora® for Baby & Me a try!
1 Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More pp. 203 - 206 Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. (National Geographic Society, 2016)
2 Dietary Intakes of Choline: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2007-2008. Food Surveys Research Group. Dietary Data Brief No.9, Oct. 2011