From the moment I decided to try to get pregnant with my first child I read how important it was to include vitamins and nutrients such as folic acid in my diet. I started taking a multi-vitamin and additional folic acid a year before Danica was actually conceived. I have continued this with all of my pregnancies and throughout breastfeeding, and now almost 20 weeks into my fourth pregnancy I still take vitamins to help me fill the voids in my diet. Thankfully there are options out there such as BrainStrong Prenatal Vitamins.
I will be the first to admit that eating healthy is not always my strong suit and I am dependent on vitamins to fill in the blanks missing in my diet. For the first several weeks of each of my pregnancies I was extremely nauseous and I was lucky to get anything into my stomach, much less the most nutritious options. With my current pregnancy apples and cheddar cheese were the only thing that sounded good to me for weeks. Not the most unhealthy option in the world, but certainly lacking in the green vegetable department (as well as other things). I am also somewhat lactose intolerant, so drinking a tall glass of milk to get my calcium is not an option. Also, there are so many warnings about how much fish and seafood you should consume during pregnancy, yet fish and seafood are a primary source of DHA in your diet.
Since I have been told by my OB-GYN that folic acid is critical to babies brain development and that some 70% of energy supply during fetal development is devoted to brain development during pregnancy I have always found that to be a critical item in my diet.
I have also more recently learned of the importance of DHA. Did you know that Baby depends on the mother for its supply of DHA and DHA deficiencies in the mother can impact brain development in the fetus? Because of the critical need for DHA during a woman’s pregnancy most OB/GYNs urge expectant moms to take a multivitamin that includes adequate levels of DHA.
BrainStrong Prenatal is a complete prenatal multi-vitamin with the highest level of folic acid and DHA available without prescription. It has up to 75% more DHA than other leading over-the-counter prenatal vitamins. It is so convenient for me that it is available over the counter as my OB/GYN has not provided a prescription for my past 3 pregnancies and has instead told me to get the over the counter variety. Thankfully BrainStrong costs less than most copays, making it a less expensive option.
It makes me very happy to know that I am providing the best possible nutrition for my developing baby and I am sure I will continue to rely on multi-vitamins as my food cravings and aversions continue to change (really you want me to eat chicken? that sounds terrible today). Thank you to BrainStrong for providing the added nutrition my baby needs and providing it from a vegetarian source, not fish, so no fear of potential contaminants.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and samples were received. All opinions expressed are my own.