We believe women should have choices, which is why we have more than one option for your prenatal supplement needs. Part of offering choices means we have an obligation to be clear about the product differences, and empower you with information to make the best choice for you. In this guide, we’ll walk through the prenatal options we currently offer.

 

By Natalist CEO Vernita Brown

When to start taking a prenatal supplement

The ideal time to start a prenatal is one to three months before trying to conceive. The window during which folate supplementation is most important is in the first 21 to 28 days after conception. Most pregnancies are not yet recognized during this time, so having the folate in your system ahead of time is best. 

Mom-tested, doctor-formulated  

We are committed to bringing you only the best, and we stand by our products. Each and every product goes through a lengthy research and product development process with our Medical Director Dr. Kenosha Gleaton and our Chief Women’s Health Officer Halle Tecco. We obsess over every detail and ingredient, and are fully transparent with our customers. Since medical research is a constantly evolving field, we are constantly learning and will change our product formulas when appropriate.

All our formulas use methylfolate (not folic acid) to protect against neural tube defects

MTHF folate (L-5-MTHF) is the most abundant folate found in the human body. It is naturally found in food, but is most easily absorbed from a dietary supplement. MTHF folate is the most highly bioavailable folate found in dietary supplements. It can be immediately utilized by your body and doesn’t need to be converted by the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). 

Up to 25% of the population has a variant of the MTHFR gene (MTHFR 677TT) that significantly impairs their ability to metabolize folic acid. Individuals with this MTHFR variation are also at a higher risk of having a child with neural tube defects. The research is still preliminary, but people with the MTHFR 677TT variant are likely to benefit from MTHF folate supplementation over folic acid.

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All our formulas contain iron

All our formulas contain iron, one of the most important nutrients during pregnancy. In fact, ACOG recommends that prenatals contain iron. Iron is the elemental transporter of oxygen in blood as hemoglobin and the facilitator of oxygen storage in muscles as myoglobin. Pregnant women require two to three times as much iron as non-pregnant women. 

Iron supplementation during pregnancy protects against pregnancy-induced anemia, a condition where you do not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. Some studies have shown that anemia during pregnancy increases a mother’s risk of hemorrhage and the chance of having a child with low birth weight. Research on children with iron deficiency anemia have found increased risks for impaired neurocognitive development.

Every batch of vitamins is tested for product integrity

All our vitamins are made in an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified facility, which exceeds the FDA cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing standards (21 CFR 111). Certificates of analysis are reported for every batch of manufactured vitamin to ensure final product integrity and quality. Our vitamins are free of artificial and synthetic dyes and all allergens are disclosed on our label. Additionally, our vitamins are manufactured under strict procedures to ensure there is no cross-contamination during manufacturing and storage.

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Prenatal Multi

The Natalist Prenatal Multi contains doctor-recommended ingredients to prepare your body for pregnancy and promote the healthy development of your future baby. With just two vegetarian  capsules daily, this prenatal option is easy and affordable. 

✓ 800 mcg MTHF (methylfolate)

✓ 27 mg of iron

✓ 150 mg calcium

✓ 70 mg magnesium citrate

✓ 150 mcg iodine

✓ 10 mg zinc

✓ 800 IU vitamin D

✓ 2 mg B6

✓ 10 mcg B12

✓ 80 mg vitamin C

✓ 300 mcg biotin

The Prenatal Multi is vegetarian and gluten-free, and contains no yeast, wheat, gluten, soy protein, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, artificial coloring, preservatives, or flavoring. For those who don’t get enough DHA in your diet, the Prenatal Multi should be paired with our Omega DHA to complete your vitamin routine.

Prenatal for her

We’ve recently launched our new Prenatal for her, made with 21 high-quality, bioavailable ingredients. The Prenatal for her was carefully developed using peer-reviewed studies that reflect the latest research in prenatal nutrition. The formula development was led by our Medical Director and board-certified OBGYN, Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, an award-winning registered dietitian-nutritionist and specialist in fertility, Lauren Manaker, RD, and our Chief Women's Health Officer, Halle Tecco MBA, MPH.

The main differences in the Prenatal for her include:

  • Formula is included in an easy daily packet (instead of bottles)
  • Includes vegan DHA and choline
  • Increased amounts of calcium and B12 
  • Made with Ferrochel® iron, which is shown to be easily absorbed, causing fewer side effects and less likely to block the absorption of vitamin E and calcium

In addition, as part of our Mother Earth Initiative, this new packaging reduces  the amount of plastic - by over 40% compared to bottles, thereby increasing the sustainability of this product. 

✓ 800 mcg MTHF (methylfolate)

✓ 450 mg vegan DHA

✓ 150 mg choline

✓ 27 mg of iron

✓ 200 mg calcium

✓ 50 mg magnesium citrate

✓ 150 mcg iodine

✓ 3.9 mg zinc

✓ 2,000 IU vitamin D3

✓ 2 mg B6

✓ 516 mcg B12

✓ 48 mg vitamin C

✓ 100 mcg biotin

As you can see from the ingredient list above, the Prenatal for her is a more complete formula. Because there are more ingredients and higher dosages, the Prenatal for her includes five capsules and one tablet. We realize this is more to take each day, which is another reason we moved to this convenient packet packaging. 

Take-aways

  • All Natalist supplements are mom-tested and doctor-formulated  
  • All our formulas use methylfolate (not folic acid) to protect against neural tube defects
  • All our formulas include ACOG-recommended levels of iron
  • Every batch of vitamins is tested for product integrity
  • Our Prenatal Multi includes two capsules a day, whereas our Prenatal for her includes four capsules and one tablet per day
  • Our Prenatal Multi is vegetarian and our Prenatal for her is vegan
  • Our Prenatal for her also includes DHA and choline, and an increased amount of calcium and B12
  • Our Prenatal Multi comes in a bottle, and our Prenatal for her comes in a convenient daily pack