My favorite prenatal vitamins

When I first got pregnant, we suddenly had all this stuff to worry about. Unpasteurized cheese. Chemicals in our cleaning products. Sushi. Deli meat. How to make sure we were getting the nutrition we needed, especially during these early days when all I can eat are bland carbs.

Nathan, luckily, jumped right into the vitamin investigation fray to figure out what the best prenatal vitamins are. So many options out there, and so much information. I felt totally overwhelmed by all the (often contradictory) instructions about what I should or should not be taking. I tried a few different kinds, including some gummies that were just gross, some pills that made me want to retch, and a few others. Then SmartyPants reached out with an offer to try their gummy vitamins.. and at first, I had a little freakout. How did they know?! I wasn’t Facebook official yet. Only my parents and Jamie knew the news.

Luckily, my secret hadn’t really leaked; their PR team just had really good timing. Or some well-honed intuition. In either case, I got to try their vitamins (which fortunately arrived just hours before I left town for 12 days) —seriously, another case of impressive timing!—so I packed up that big old bottle and hit the road.

smartypants prenatal vitamins

Short verdict: they are DELICIOUS. So delicious, that my husband keeps stealing them. I’ve been trying to remind him they’re for ME and for Alien, and he shouldn’t be depriving us of our vitamins. Not least because I’m still subsisting on mostly bland carbs. But I can’t really blame him. They’re like candy, with just the right balance of sweet and sour, and a convincing, candy-like texture. Even on my most nauseous days, I’ve been able to take them without any additional queasiness.

I know, I know. I’m growing a human; the candy qualities shouldn’t be the most important ones for picking a vitamin. I had Nathan evaluate the nutritional content, since he’s been doing all the vitamin research. I fully expected he would take them away from me, because he (a) has impossibly high standards and (b) wanted to eat them all himself.

To my surprise, he and my sister-in-law (a midwife with similarly high standards) both gave SmartyPants a strong endorsement. The only consideration was that in combination with my other vitamins, I might overdo it on the Vitamin D. That’s an easy fix: we’re adjusting my other vitamins so I can keep taking the SmartyPants and not go into Vitamin D overdose. (Is that even possible? I don’t think so).

He’s now taking the SmartyPants Men’s Complete Vitamins so that he stops raiding my supply. And I’m more than happy to fulfill my daily dose of 6 gummies. I usually take them after lunch when I want something sweet – these hit the spot!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product to try. All opinions are my own! I so appreciate you supporting the brands who help me grow the healthiest kiddo possible. 

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17 Replies to “My favorite prenatal vitamins”

  1. Congratulations! I had no idea! Well, I lie. I had a feeling for some reason and almost asked in our last email exchange but didn’t want to be nosey 😉 So excited for you!

  2. I am so excited for you!! I am 30 weeks pregnant and it has been an amazing, exciting, and sometimes terrifying journey! Hope you’re doing well!

  3. Thanks so much, Nikki, and congrats to you! I hear you on the exciting / terrifying piece… though I also think I’m partially still in denial that there’s really a new human in there!

    Hope your journey from here is all on the amazing and exciting side of things! 🙂

  4. Congratulations and what a fun prize (I do love your picture on the side too!). I’d love to win, thanks for hosting this.

  5. These would be perfect to win for me right now! A friend of mine swears by them and has always been pushing me to try. If they come with the cute onesie, I absolutely will try them 🙂

  6. Hooray! These vitamins seem way better than the ones I’m currently taking. So this kit would be perfect! Keep posting all this great info so I know what to be doing in my pregnancy! 😀

  7. I’m working on a six pound burrito baby. I need yummy vitamins for dessert!! Errr, I mean, to get some actual nutrents into my body. 😉

  8. Bump isn’t out of the closet yet and won’t be for awhile but I would love to win this for him/her! And I need a prenatal that won’t make me hurl 2.5 seconds after taking it. 🙂 xo

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