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The 7 Best Gummy Prenatal Vitamins Money Can Buy


If you’re one of the countless women out there (pregnant or otherwise) who can’t stand the thought of having to swallow large, nauseating pills and tablets on a daily basis, you might think your only two options are to suck it up and deal with it or to ignore the CDC’s recommendation that all women of childbearing age ought to consume folic acid (like that found in a prenatal vitamin) in order to prevent the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly (referred to collectively as neural tube defects, or NTD for short). Thankfully, there is a way that women can get the critical nutrients they need without the need to rely on horse pills that—especially with things like morning sickness that come along with pregnancy—can be a real chore just to keep down.

The miracle answer comes in the form of gummy prenatal vitamins that make getting the necessary nutrition fun again. Here’s a look at seven gummy prenatals that we think would work perfectly for any woman.

Best Gummy Prenatal Vitamin: SmartyPants PreNatal Complete Gummy Vitamins

A relative up-and-comer in the nutrition scene, SmartyPants has garnered a lot of praise (and investment funding) due to their focus on intelligently sourced and highly bioavailable ingredients. With the most Folic Acid (880 mcg) in the most bioavailable form (L-methylfolate) among all the gummies we looked at and with a reasonably dosed amount of Vitamin A (3000 IU), it’s clear they’ve earned their SmartyPants name. These gummies also come with 100% Daily Value or more of Vitamins B3, B6, B12, D, E, Pantothenic Acid, and Iodine. Omega-3’s are also in abundance (165 mg total: 75 mg EPA, 60 mg DHA). From a nutritional standpoint, these vitamins are hard to beat, though there are a couple downsides. The first is cost. At 2-3 times the price of other similar gummies, you might find the hit to your wallet harder to swallow than the chewables themselves. Second is just how big the serving size is. Six gummies seems a little excessive, especially if you’re aiming to eat them all at once. Of course, there’s no reason you have to, so it can be a fun way to snack through the day, one vitamin at a time.

SmartyPants PreNatal Complete Gummy Vitamins

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Vitafusion PreNatal Vitamins

Likely to be the most popular and frequently used prenatal gummy on the market, Vitafusion’s PreNatals do a terrific job of hitting the marks when it comes to giving expecting mothers the nutritional profile they expect from a vitamin. Again Folic Acid levels are good (800 mcg) and Vitamin A comes in at 4000 IU. Both are slightly less optimal than SmartyPants PreNatals, but not by much. For heart and brain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, these gummies pack in 65 mg total, of which 50 mg comes as DHA. Vitafusion’s gummies are also really inexpensive, so if you don’t have any strong feelings about any of the brands listed, you might as well opt for this one.

Vitafusion PreNatal Gummy Vitamins

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First Response Prenatal and Postnatal Multivitamin Gummy

First Response is probably a brand you associate with pregnancy tests, but that isn’t their only product. These gummies pack 800 mcg of Folic Acid and 4000 IU of Vitamin A. In addition, they’ve got 65 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids (50 mg as DHA) in each 2-gummy serving. Actually, the First Response prenatals are almost identical to Vitafusion’s except for the addition of a little extra Vitamin B12 (12 mcg vs 8 mcg) and some Calcium (150 mg vs none). If those additions matter to you, feel free to opt for First Response—it’s hard to make a wrong decision here.

First Response Prenatal and Postnatal Multivitamin Gummy

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Can a Regular Gummy Multivitamin Double as a Prenatal?

In a word, yes. But if you’re planning on using a regular women’s gummy multivitamin to replace your gummy prenatal vitamin, there are a few points you should consider. First, as mentioned at the outset of the article, Folic Acid content is very important, especially in the first trimester, in order to prevent neural tube defects. While each of the four regular multivitamins we’ll cover have at least the minimum of 400 mcg, prenatal vitamins (like the three above) tend to have 800 mcg or more. Second, while for most nutrients more is generally better, Vitamin A is a notable exception where less is more. A good threshold to keep in mind is 5000 IU per serving in your multivitamin. If you’re under that limit, you should be safe. Lastly, while Omega-3’s (particularly DHA) are found in all three of the prenatals mentioned above, they are not always present in regular multivitamins, so be sure that you have another source available, such as Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (pictured below).

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega

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Vitafusion Women’s Gummy Vitamins

If you’ve already been using Vitafusion’s multivitamins and don’t feel like switching to their PreNatal line (listed above), you don’t necessarily have to—especially if you’re just looking to meet the recommendations for “women of childbearing age”, but aren’t/don’t expect to be pregnant in the near future. These gummies contain the recommended 400 mcg of Folic Acid, which—though only half of what is found in the prenatal vitamins listed above—is plenty for everyday women. This multi is a great source of Vitamins B6, B12, and D, as well as offering ≥100% DV of Biotin and Chromium. As mentioned before, you’ll want to find another source for Omega-3 fatty acids, as this gummy has none.

Vitafusion Women's Gummy Vitamins

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Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Women’s Multivitamin Gummies

While comparable to Vitafusion Women’s in terms of Folic Acid, Vitamin A, and other nutrients, the one area where Nature’s Bounty sets itself apart is the inclusion of 50 mg of Collagen in each serving. Perhaps this isn’t a big surprise for a brand that also specializes in “Hair, Skin, & Nail” vitamins, but it is unique nonetheless. If you’re looking for a beauty boost to go along with your vitamin supplementation, maybe Nature’s Bounty offers the optimal solution (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!).

Nature's Bounty Women's Multivitamin Gummies

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One A Day Women’s VitaCraves

As a mainstream brand, you pretty much know what you’re getting with One A Day. While you can’t expect everything to be organically sourced or non-GMO, you can expect numbers that are in line with the competition and meet generally accepted guidelines (like with Folic Acid). The tradeoff comes with one distinct advantage, and that’s price. If you’re a young woman who is clear about not becoming pregnant in the near future, it probably makes sense to let price dictate some of your decisions. In that case, these VitaCraves might be the best choice for you.

One A Day Women's VitaCraves

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Nature Made Multi for Her Plus Omega-3 Adult Gummies

Another mainstream brand, but this time we’re treated to a bonus that wasn’t present in any of the other three regular multivitamins: Omega-3 fatty acids have made a return! While you might be ready to rejoice, there’s still some things to consider. On the matter of Omega-3’s, the total DHA is 47.5 mg (with another 9,5 mg EPA). If you’re comparing against the other gummy prenatal vitamins, this one comes up short. If, however, you’re taking this more as a general multivitamin, you’re really better off still taking a separate Fish Oil supplement, because the EPA to DHA ratio is rather poor (DHA is important for fetal and child brain development, but EPA has more value for adults). The second drawback is the Vitamin A. With 4000 IU of Vitamin A (against 400 mcg Folic Acid), doubling your dose to get more Folic Acid simply isn’t an option (or else you’d exceed the safe recommended dose of Vitamin A). Once again, these gummies are perfectly passable as a general multivitamin, but you’d be better served looking elsewhere if you’re in the market for a true gummy prenatal vitamin.

Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi for Her

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Why SmartyPants PreNatal Took the Top Spot

When considering which was the best gummy prenatal vitamin, we looked at three major points. First, a vitamin needed to fall above or below the recommended minimums and maximums set forth by medical professionals. Second, it’s got to taste good enough to chew on and eat. And third, the vitamin should make every effort to gather its ingredients from organic, natural sources that will be safe for both mother and baby.

Across the board, when it came to SmartyPants PreNatals, it was as though pregnant women around the world had spoken up, and the co-CEOs of SmartyPants—Gordon and Courtney Nichols Gould—were listening. Not only did they emphasize using the most bioavailable forms of the nutrients mothers need, they also listen to their customers (for example, working on moving away from porcine gelatin in the future). If you’re looking for a brand that takes your and your baby’s health as seriously as you do, you’ve found one in SmartyPants.

SmartyPants PreNatal Complete Gummy Vitamins

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A Quick Word of Warning

Prenatal gummies can be a tasty and far more palatable alternative to the usual pills pregnant women find themselves taking, but don’t mistake them for candies or treats. As with all things, moderation is key, and in particular, overdosing on your prenatal vitamins could lead to an excess of Vitamin A, which can be harmful to your unborn child. If you’re craving a gummy treat, make sure to keep some handy at home or have your partner run out and get some, but resist the urge to just have an extra vitamin or two—it’s simply not safe.

Also, iron and calcium are two important minerals not found (at least in sufficient quantities) in gummy vitamins. The problem is that they just don’t lend themselves well to the gummy format, either ruining the taste/texture or leading to an increased likelihood of stomach upset. So even if you do decide to go with a prenatal gummy, be sure to find other sources (pills or whole foods) that can fill in these two very important gaps.

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