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7 Best Prenatal Vitamins in India & Why You Need To Buy One!

13/08/2017
Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Prenatal Vitamins are very important to fill the nutritional gaps during pregnancy. Pregnant women often lack optimum nutrition. It doesn’t matter if you are the healthiest person on the planet or not. Even the healthiest of individuals can lack in some form of nutrients at a point of time. During pregnancy, you can’t afford to suffer from a nutritional deficiency even for a day. This is where Prenatal vitamins set their importance.

Research has proven that most women do not meet their requirements of Calcium, Iron and Vitamin B1. (1) Lack of proper knowledge regarding pregnancy nutrition (in both developing, developed and underdeveloped countries alike) also poses a threat to the future generation being born with genetic problems. Not to forget the pregnancy complications that arise with it. Therefore, it’s important to meet your daily value of all the nutrients during pregnancy. Let’s look at some of the best Prenatal Vitamins available in the market.

 

Why are Prenatal Vitamins important?

Prenatal Vitamins are rich in some nutrients which multi vitamins lack. They fulfill the special nutrient needs for pregnant women to promote healthy growth of the fetus and help take care of the mother’s body too.

All Prenatal Vitamins have almost 100% DV of both Iron and Folic acid. Folic acid is important in early stages of pregnancy to help prevent birth defects in baby’s spinal cord and brain. Folic acid plays a very important role at the time of conception too which is why many doctors recommend starting with your supplements when you are trying.

Iron in pregnancy, on the other hand, helps in circulation of nutrients and oxygen to the fetus. It also helps in healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system. It’s important to maintain iron levels throughout pregnancy if not before.

There is a recent study that has proved that Vitamin B3, something Prenatal Vitamins are again rich in, help prevent miscarriages and birth defects. (2)

 

What should I look for while I am buying Prenatal Vitamins?

Look for the nutrients mentioned above like Folate, Iron, B-vitamins, Calcium etc. Also, look for the serving size of the capsules i.e how many you need to take for procuring the mentioned nutrients. Some vitamins need you to have 2 capsules in a day while for others just 1 a day is sufficient.

 

What if I am unable to take Prenatal Vitamins due to morning sickness?

Many women are not able to take Prenatal Vitamins due to morning sickness. Doctors recommend them to either mix it in the powder form in your food or smoothies or taking gummy vitamins to help prevent nausea.

Eating something salty or sugary can also help. Have some crackers, makhana a.k.a fox nuts, chiwda etc. before taking the capsule.

Iron in the Prenatal Vitamin can sometimes cause constipation. To increase absorption of Iron, take a Vitamin C rich fruit or food along with the tablet. Gulping down your vitamin with orange or lime juice is a good idea too. To prevent constipation make sure that you having a fiber rich diet and drinking lots of water.

 

What are the best prenatal vitamins available in India?

Here are 7 best Prenatal Vitamins available in India:

 

#1
Summit Nutrition Organic Prenatal Vitamins

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for Rs1290/-.

#2
MegaFood Baby & Me

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for Rs.4628/-.

#3 
Rainbow Light Prenatal One Multivitamin

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for $41.99. (Delivers to India)

#4
NatureMade Prenatal Multivitamin with DHA

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for $17. (Delivers to India)

#5 
New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins with Probiotics 

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for $21.89. (Delivers to India)

Gummy Vitamins for those who are not able to take Prenatals due to morning sickness.

#6
Nature’s Way Alive Prenatal Vitamins

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for Rs.2520/-.

#7 
Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins

Best Prenatal Vitamins in India

Buy here for Rs.2391/-.

 

Should I opt for any other supplements apart from my daily vitamins?

Most prenatal vitamins lack Omega 3 fatty acids, Calcium and Vitamin D.

Omega 3’s helps in the development of baby’s nervous system. They also aid in the cognitive development of the baby. They also have a positive effect on the pregnancy itself by reducing the risk of preeclampsia, mood disorders, and Postpartum depression. It’s very important that you supplement with Omega 3’s especially if you are a vegetarian or don’t eat fish on a daily basis.

Calcium is generally don’t present in large amounts in prenatal vitamins. Pregnant Women generally don’t have to supplement with Calcium. Most of them get their DV Calcium with their diet.  Do consult your doctor if are planning to start a Calcium supplement. Your doctor will only recommend Calcium if your current levels are low or if your diet is restricted in any way.

Vitamin D supplementation also depends on your current levels of the nutrient and the amount of Vitamin D prenatal vitamin has. Benefits of Vitamin D during pregnancy are yet not fully known but there have been several studies that have linked the nutrient’s levels to a decreased risk of autism, Bacterial Vaginosis, efficient glucose metabolism etc.

 

A healthy pregnancy does constitute of a prenatal vitamin. Some women, in fact, start taking the prenatal when they are trying to get pregnant. Optimum Nutrition is key to fertility too. So, Prenatal Vitamins do hold a very crucial role in your whole journey for pregnancy.

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Zainab 14/08/2017 at 2:06 am

    I’m not pregnant, but I still use omega three on daily basis ( when I remember)
    My doctor prescribed me with some Folvite and few other vitamins too!

    • Reply admin 14/08/2017 at 11:06 am

      Most People do take Omega 3’s and a multivitamin on a daily basis. But, during pregnancy, it becomes important to have one!

  • Reply Jiya B 14/08/2017 at 11:59 am

    This is an informative list for Moms to be. But what do you suggest one can start any of the tablets or should we first check with gynae before begining the same. ?

  • Reply Minakshi bajpai 14/08/2017 at 5:57 pm

    Very imformative post for pregnant ladies. Now my time for pregnancy gone and i am blessed with two healthy kids but still i think some of these supplements are for women after kids also. Will ask for my doctor for these. Thanks for sharing useful info

  • Reply Mahak @babyandbeyondin 14/08/2017 at 10:33 pm

    Informative post for pregnant ladies. My gyn had prescribed vitamin supplements as well but I wasn’t aware that they are available in packs like this.

    • Reply admin 14/08/2017 at 10:36 pm

      Glad you could find it useful!

  • Reply Charu Sareen Gujjal 15/08/2017 at 1:15 am

    Such a useful post. We women tend to ignore our health. Prenatal vitamins help preparing our body to deal with changes that occur due to childbirth. And hence they shouldn’t be ignored. I wish I had read something like this a few years back.

  • Reply Nayantara | MommyingbabyT 15/08/2017 at 1:23 am

    So helpful. Also very important that moms to be note that calcium and iron not to be taken together.

    • Reply admin 15/08/2017 at 5:22 pm

      That’s an amazing point! We will add it to the blog!

  • Reply Deepa 15/08/2017 at 11:16 am

    Very detailed post on the importance of vitamin supplements in pregnancy. We need extra nutrition during this time. Helpful post for new moms.

  • Reply Smita 16/08/2017 at 12:44 am

    Very informative post for pregnant women. I was also prescribed Iron and Calcium during my pregnancy.

  • Reply Shubhreet Kaur 16/08/2017 at 10:15 am

    I actually did not what prenatal brands to buy in India. I had Karma in Singapore and was taking what my doctor recommended there. But it’s not available here. The other day itself a friend had asked me about the vitamins and supplements I took and which ones I recommend. I wish I had read this post then but I’m gonna send it to her now. This is really helpful. People don’t realise the importance of right prenatal vitamins. It’s key to a healthy pregnancy.

    • Reply admin 16/08/2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you for recommending this post!

  • Reply Rakhi Parsai 16/08/2017 at 4:24 pm

    Very useful post for all the pregnant moms. And I agree they play a vital role especially in early days of pregnancy. However, can we but these OTC.

  • Reply Bhaskar 20/08/2017 at 4:15 pm

    Hello ,
    Nice topic , after reading your article i get more knowledge and i am sure this is one of the best article you write. Keep it up.

    • Reply admin 20/08/2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Bhaskar!

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