When I told my OBGYN my husband and I were ready to start trying for our first baby, the first thing she recommended to me was to start taking prenatal multivitamins with DHA/EPA — even before conception. DHA (or docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (or eicosapentaenoic acid) are Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish and algae and are essential to healthy brain, eyes, and nervous system development in fetuses. It also helps support mom-to-be’s brain function, immune system, and even provide mood boosts for postnatal moms. It is recommended women who are planning on conceiving, are pregnant, or are postpartum need a minimum of 300mg of Omega-3’s per day. Some of the more important vitamins moms-to-be want to make sure they are taking on a daily basis include Folate or Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamin C, and in some cases when mama’s need a red-blood-cell boost — iron.
Finding the right prenatal vitamin for me was challenging because there were so many to choose from. The truth is, at different points of my pregnancy the best prenatal vitamin for me depended on what my OBGYN recommended based on blood tests, my overall mood and health, and what I could stomach during morning sickness. And what I needed during my first pregnancy was different from what I needed in my second.
In order to help save you from having to make several purchases to find the best prenatal vitamin for you, I have found the highest quality, well-reviewed, highly-rated prenatal vitamins to buy in 2019. The world of prenatal vitamins can be difficult to navigate, but with so many amazing options and a little help from the list below, I know you will find the right one for you.
The prenatal vitamin coming in at the number one spot is New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal Vitamins. With over 2,290 reviews and a 4-star rating, this vitamin is the highest rated prenatal multivitamin on Amazon. This vitamin is sugar-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, Kosher, Gluten-free, and offers multiple organic whole-food ingredients. It even contains non-constipating Iron which is a blessing for a mom-to-be who needs the iron, but doesn’t want the stomach upset that can come along with it. It can be taken on an empty stomach and contains tummy-easing ginger to help with morning sickness. While these vitamins do not contain the recommended DHA, you can purchase New Chapter’s WholeMega For Moms DHA formula here. One happy mama who gave these prenatal vitamins a 5-star review stated, “I had no nausea until my doctor prescribed prenatals to me (just go the free ones from Meijer) and then I was sick from sun-up to sun-down. NOTHING HELPED! Then my cousin recommended these prenatals to me and my nausea vanished OVERNIGHT! I've been using it for two months now and entered my second trimester and no nausea or problems at all. Maybe it's because you take it 3 times per day instead of once? I can't recommend these enough because I literally could not function with the other ones, I felt so sick all the time. Do yourself a favor and get these.”
New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Vitamins, 96 count, $21.33, Amazon
These yummy orange, lemon, and strawberry banana flavored gummies contain no artificial colors or flavors and are non-GMO, gluten-free, and allergen-free. As if this isn’t enough to ask of a gummy, it also contains the doctor-recommended prenatal DHA which is derived from wild-caught fish. In order for moms-to-be to get their daily value of vitamins, the dose is 6 gummies a day, which can be taken with or without food. That may seem like a lot of gummies, but let’s be honest, most of us are just looking for an excuse to eat a handful of gummies every day.
Smarty Pants Prenatal Complete Daily Gummy Vitamins, 30 day supply, $32.51, Amazon
With over 25 vitamins and minerals and 300mg of DHA, Zahler’s prenatal vitamin is one of the highest rated on Amazon.com. This prenatal vitamin is third party tested and purified to make sure it is free of mercury and other harmful toxins. It comes in a softgel form and is gentle to swallow and easy on your stomach. “This is my third order of Zahler Prenatal. This is my first pregnancy so I did my research for a while to be thorough on the best prenatal and for the quality, recommended nutritional value and overall cost, this was the best choice. It is also recommended by the Pregnancy Podcast which I love and has been a great resource for me as a first-time mommy-to-be. My doctor also approved this vitamin and said it was perfect as it had DHA and Folic,” said one satisfied mama-to-be.
Zahler DHA Prenatal Vitamins for Mother and Baby, 60 count, $37.68, Walmart
If you are looking for a prenatal vitamin you can take pre and post-natal, then Megafood’s Baby & Me Prenatal/Postnatal supplement is for you. Megafood is a Certified-B corporation and has been recognized by NSF International for their good manufacturing processes. Their vitamins are non-GMO, Kosher, Dairy/Soy/Gluten Free, tested for more than 125 pesticides and herbicides, Glyphosate residue free, and vegetarian. One mom-to-be stated, “When I first bought these vitamins I was a bit put off by the size of the pills and the fact that you have to take 4 a day. However, taking 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening isn't so bad. They are vitamin pills, so just like every single other vitamin pill, they don't taste like candy. It's not a big deal — you aren't supposed to chew them anyway. What I was impressed with: Not once did I burp up the taste of these after they went down. That's what made me never want to take any other vitamins, but it's not an issue with these. I've been taking the pills every day for the past 3 months and am now 4 weeks pregnant. I'm nauseous, but these pills don't make it worse, even on an empty stomach. I would recommend them!”
Megafood Baby and Me Prenatal/Postnatal Supplement, 120 count, $35.37, MegaFood
Olly’s prenatal gummy vitamins are a hit with moms-to-be as evidenced by the high ratings and excellent reviews. Finding a gummy vitamin that not only tastes good, but also supplies your daily recommended doses of vitamins and DHA can be challenging. With only 2 gummies to chew daily with or without food, these gluten-free citrus delights are easy on the tummy as well as on the budget. This 4-star rating mama said, “I am a huge fan of these vitamins! They taste good, aren't difficult to chew or swallow, and provide daily required nutrients. I had originally taken the super foods gummies, which are bitter, but ultimately the bitterness became so haunting that I just didn't want to take them at all. I don't typically subscribe to the "gummy vitamin thing" for adults — I mean, we should be taking grown-up pills, right? Well, my multivitamins were so large that I ultimately didn't want to take those either! I keep these right next to my kids' vitamins and we all take them together. It's a cute morning ritual. Four stars instead of five because they are coated with a thin veil of sugar (supporting my "no gummies for adults" theory...). But overall a great product!”
Olly Essential Prenatal Multivitamin Gummy Supplement, 30 day supply, $15.49, CVS
This Prenatal DHA/EPA containing supplement from Garden of Life is for the mamas-to-be who already have a multivitamin and are needing to find an additional supplement which has 100 percent of the daily recommended dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. These gluten and dairy free easy-to-swallow softgels have no fishy aftertaste, are enhanced with a natural strawberry flavor, and can be taken while pregnant and lactating. One 5-star reviewer said, “I'm very happy with this supplement. I'm now on my third bottle. I started taking it as soon as I found out I'm pregnant and I actually look forward to taking it. I take 3 other supplement pills and I always save this one as a 'best for last' type deal. The pill is small and goes down smoothly. I hardly get a taste of it but when I have tasted it I'd say it's pleasant.”
Garden of Life Ultra Pure Prenatal DHA/EPA Omega-3 Fish Oil, 30 day supply, $16.79, Garden of Life
These lemon and raspberry-lemonade flavored prenatal gummies from Vitafusion are gentle on the tummy, have no iron, contain purified fish oil that has been tested for mercury and PCBs, contains no high-fructose corn syrup, gluten or synthetic dyes. They also do not contain any of the eight most common allergens and are recommended to women before, during, and after pregnancy. With only two gummies a day you will get your complete recommended daily vitamin and DHA doses. “These are the only vitamins I've been able to stomach, and my OB has said that they are really a wonderful prenatal option. Just be aware that they do not contain iron, so your OB should make sure you don't need an iron supplement as well,” said one 5-star reviewer.
VitaFusion Prenatal Gummy Multivitamin, 90 count, $9, Target
These food-based prenatal multivitamin tablets from Rainbow are vegan, gluten-free, and do not contain any of the eight major allergens, and best of all — the dosing is only one tablet, once per day. Probiotics and enzymes make these tablets easy to digest and provide mama and baby with complete nutrition. These highly-rated prenatal vitamins promote a healthy pregnancy by giving mom and baby essential nutrients such as folic acid and iron. One happy mama said, “This is my second pregnancy and a much easier one. These vitamins are gentle on my stomach and don't make me sick like all the rest did! I am ALWAYS recommending this vitamin, Thank you for having it at your store, Target!”
Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatal One Advanced Multivitamin Tablets, 45 count, $14.99, Target
Target has done it again by creating a beloved prenatal multivitamin that is easy on the budget and contains all the vitamins and minerals moms-to-be need before, during, and after pregnancy. With just one pill a day and 200 pills in the bottle, this will be the best $8 you spend during pregnancy. While it does not contain DHA, it does contain Iron, Folic Acid, and Vitamin C. If you are interested in an affordable Target brand supplement containing DHA, it can be purchased here. “This is the 3rd prenatal vitamin I tried and it's terrific! It's the only one that is easy on my stomach and nutritionally they have just about all the recommended levels!” said one satisfied mama-to-be.
Target Brand Up&Up Prenatal Vitamin Dietary Supplement Tablets, 200 count, $7.59, Target
This multi-pack from Women’s One-A-Day contains the multivitamin supplement and the DHA liquid gels which contain all the daily recommended vitamins, minerals, and DHA all mama-to-be need. The daily dose is just one pill and one soft-gel and can be taken before, during, and after pregnancy. One 5-star reviewer said, “I absolutely love these prenatals, normally they have a bad taste that seems to stick around all day but with One A Day Women's Prenatal there is no extra taste. Love this brand and will be recommending!”
One A Day Prenatal DHA Liquid Gels & Multivitamin Supplement Tablets, 60 count, $26.99, Target
The Honest Company has given us a once daily prenatal vitamin that is easy to swallow, provides gentle, complete nutrition, is non-GMO, contains high-quality ingredients, and does not contain any of the 8 major allergens. It utilizes digestive enzymes and superfoods to provide moms-to-be with all the nutrients they need. One happy mama said, “Love them, no bad taste or upset stomach!”
Honest Company Prenatal Once Daily Complete Multivitamin Tablets, 30 count, $19.99, Honest
Nature Made Prenatal Multivitamin and DHA Softgel
NatureMade is a brand we all see on store shelves, so it's a trusted brand already. This particular prenatal multivitamin has a 4.4 rating on Amazon. It is recommended that you take this vitamin with food for optimal absorption of the vitamins and minerals included. However, one satisfied mama said, "I am sensitive to vitamins and get nausea so I take vitamins at night usually but I can take these in the morning on an empty stomach and no nausea." That's a key consideration when it comes to taking a prenatal vitamin if you're already prone to an upset tummy.
NatureMade Prenatal Multivitamin and DHA, $27.12, 90 count, Amazon
ACTIF Organic Prenatal Vitamin
This prenatal vitamin is packed full of 25 vitamins as well as probiotics, ensuring that you're rounding out your diet with a supplement that's going to offer you all the extra nutrition you need as you're growing your baby. The ACTIF prenatal vitamin includes non-synthetic, non-GMO ingredients, so you'll rest assured that the ingredients are as healthy as possible. One satisfied mama said, "I started taking it about two months before conceiving my second child as I was looking for a prenatal that only needed to be taken once a day, had vitamins taken from whole food ingredients, especially the natural form of folic acid, folate, as well as added DHA and digestive enzymes." And the ACTIF vitamin checks all those boxes.
Actif Organics prenatal vitamin, $42.49, 90 count, Amazon
NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin with DHA
The NATURELO prenatal vitamin isn't a softgel, but does offer a pretty high count in a single bottle, which can help when it's tricky to remember to order another bottle! These capsules are free from several allergens, including gluten, soy, yeast, caffeine, dairy and peanuts, which are often considerations for expectant moms. Additionally, these prenatal multivitamins are free from artificial colors, sweeteners, stabilizers, or preservatives, and the powder capsules are designed to dissolve faster than other types.
NATURELO Prenatal Multivitamin with DHA, $39.95, 180 count, Amazon
Zahler Mighty Mini Prenatal Vitamin with DHA
If you have a hard time swallowing regular or large vitamins, the Zahler Mighty Mini could be perfect for you. It's a mini vitamin, making it easier to swallow while still including all of the prenatal vitamins you'll need to keep yourself and your growing baby strong. And, it also includes DHA which is a bonus for baby's developing brain! Plus, we have to admit, the bird on the bottle is pretty cute.
Zahler Mighty Mini Prenatal Vitamin with DHA, $38.97, 90 count, Amazon
Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Prenatal Gummy Vitamins
Believe it or not, Nature's Bounty has been making vitamins for fifty years! They know their way around a vitamin, and this mixed berry gummy prenatal option gets good reviews, racking up a 4.6 rating on Amazon. A five-star reviewer commented, "I for real have tried 7 or 8 different brands... I bought these and absolutely LOVE them. They taste so good. They are easy to take every night and it doesn’t feel like a chore taking them." You will have to take two vitamins per day, and this brand does not include iron, which is something to keep in mind.
Nature's Bounty Optimal Solutions Prenatal Gummy Vitamins, $16.39, 50 count, Amazon
I wish you the best of luck finding the perfect prenatal multivitamin for you and baby and hope this list has helped you narrow down some choices. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back to it to explore your options. Just so you know, Mabel & Moxie may collect a portion of sales on any items purchased above.