One of the biggest challenges of my pregnancy so far is remembering to take my daily prenatal vitamins. And as everyone knows, trusting a pregnant woman to remember anything is like trusting a child not to eat a plate full of cookies while you’re away. Thank goodness, I have a daily reminder in my husband. J has become a prenatal vitamin drill sergeant. Unfortunately, the kind of prenatal vitamins I’m taking requires me to take them THREE times a day, which means J has to say to me “Honey, do you remember to take your prenatals?” at least four times daily.
It’s enough to drive a sane woman crazy. (Sorry honey, I love you, but you’re driving me nuts).
Incidentally, not all prental vitamins require a 3x daily intake. When I first found out I was pregnant, I just ran to Whole Foods and grabbed the first prenatal vitamins I saw, and it happened to be one that required me to take these green bad boys 3x a day. During our first checkup with our obgyn, we brought the prenatal vitamins with us for our doctor to review, and she said they were completely fine except that they were missing a key nutrient: DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is particularly important during pregnancy because the fetus uses the mother’s supply of DHA to help form its brain and central nervous system, especially during the third trimester. DHA can also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
So if you or anyone you know is taking New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal, be sure to take a DHA supplement.
For me, it means now I’m taking FOUR pills a day. Ugh.
BTW, I’m totally not ragging on New Chapter Prenatals. I happen to think three smaller pills a day is preferable to taking one ginormous horse pill a day. Also, I like that New Chapter is made completely of organic ingredients, which I think makes them easier to digest. And call me crazy, but I’m convinced that the reason why I haven’t experienced nausea or morning sickness is largely due to these organic vitamins.
However, it does not mean that after my bottle of New Chapter is done, I won’t be switching to my doctor’s own prescribed prenatal vitamins – which includes everything in ONE mega pill and once a day.
What can I say, if it means hearing less of my husband’s nagging, I’ll gladly make the switch.