Let’s face it. Choking down a prenatal vitamin when you’re in the first or second trimester of pregnancy can be downright difficult. Heck, even in the third trimester, when hopefully the nausea has passed, it can be hard. Many of them look like giant horse pills. Some of them have a powder-like film that can leave a bad taste in your mouth. And honestly, some are just gross.
While I won’t be having any more babies, I have several friends who are currently pregnant and I asked one of them to taste test the newest prenatal on the market. There’s no High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Colors, Sweeteners, Flavors or Preservatives that you may find in other vitamins, which is super awesome.
Here’s what Gretchen, due with a baby boy in December, had to say about SmartyPants All-in-One PreNatal:
“So this pregnancy I’ve had much more nausea and vomiting than I ever did with the first, even before I took a pregnancy test. To add to that, my gag reflex has been out of control. It doesn’t matter if I’m trying to brush my teeth, chew and swallow food or just breathe, just about anything will cause me to gag. As soon as that happens, I’m then nauseous the rest of the day. If that wasn’t bad enough, I now have quite a few food aversions that also bring on my nausea.
With all my problems, finding a vitamin that I can stomach and afford has been a challenge. I think I’ve gone through just about every vitamin in my local pharmacy. They all seem to be giant horse pills that I simply
can’t swallow. If I try, they get stuck and then I gag or they leave a vitamin taste in my mouth that I can’t get rid of. I’ve tried some gummy vitamins before but they now make me want to hurl. I think it’s their super sticky texture and taste. I even went as far as to try prescription vitamins but at $94.16 a month (here’s looking at you high deductible HSA) we just couldn’t afford them (and really they aren’t any smaller than the store stuff, they just put the word “petite” in the name).
I was super excited to try the SmartyPants All-in-One PreNatal vitamins. I opened the bottle on the ride home from picking them up from Erin’s and I was hooked. They are the shape and texture of a gum drop with a crunchy coating on the outside, not too sticky! They have a delicious citrusy clean flavor. I seriously could have eaten the whole bottle in one sitting. Now taking my vitamin is like having a treat, I save it for the part of my day I need a tasty pick-me-up. Looking at the bottle I was at first slightly concerned that the bottle didn’t explicitly say “folic acid” in the ingredients. I did see something called Folate. A little internet sleuthing and I found out that L-Methylfolate is the naturally occurring form of Folic Acid, which is the synthetic man made version. Apparently Folate is found in high quality supplements (yay me for getting the high quality vitamin). I’ve already shared with all my gluten free and dairy free friends how great Smart Pants are since they are gluten, dairy and a whole bunch of other allergens free! To top it all off Smarty Pants has a 1-for-1 program where with the purchase of their vitamins they donate to Vitamin Angels (yay for doing good for my unborn kiddo and those in need!).
My only down side (if you can call it that) is the instructions say take up to six vitamins a day. I went ahead and took 6 a day, but wished that they were more explicit in their directions. I know that there are some minimums that need to be met to ensure you are getting enough vitamins and I’m doubtful that one gummy a day would reach those minimums. I would hate for a mom that is maybe trying to save money to take only one a day if they really need more. So less ambiguity in their instructions would help put my mind at ease that I was getting the right amount of vitamins.”
Smarty Pants also sells multivitamins for kids and adults. The one I’ve been taking is a multi with Omega 3s and Fiber. The kid vitamins come with a sugar coating (organic of course) or without. You also have the option of getting the one with fiber as well (which I love considering my picky eater.)
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-Months supply of SmartyPants PreNatal
-Skip Hop activity owl
-Babyganics baby wash
-Sophie giraffee teether
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This post was sponsored by SmartyPants. All opinions come from me or my writers.