Prenatal Vitamin FAQs
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins
Why should I take a prenatal vitamin?
Taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin is essential to ensure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy and beyond. During pregnancy, your body needs more nutrients than usual, and morning sickness may prevent you from eating a healthy diet. Prenatal vitamins help fill in any nutritional gaps.
The nutrition a baby receives in the womb affects the development of the nervous, immune, and cardiovascular systems. It also impacts your baby’s overall health through childhood and even into adulthood. It may sound crazy, but the in utero environment can determine a baby's IQ, likelihood of having ADHD, and even predict the likelihood of obesity and diabetes.
A daily prenatal vitamin is one great way to be certain that you and your baby are getting all the nutrients you need.
When should I start taking prenatal vitamins?
Our prenatal vitamin is a great all-around multivitamin, so we recommend starting with 1 capsule per day around the age of 13 when transitioning away from our Children’s Chewable and increasing to 2 capsules per day at age 17.
Mayo Clinic recommends a daily prenatal vitamin for all women who have reached reproductive age because a baby’s neural tube (which becomes the brain and spinal cord) develops in the first month of pregnancy - before most women even realize they are pregnant.
If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, it’s best to take prenatal vitamins as soon as possible.
Why should I choose Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins over other prenatal supplements?
Raise Them Well Prenatal contains 4 key ingredients that we feel are necessary but are not found in 99.99% of other prenatal vitamins.
Methylfolate - Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects. The benefits of increasing folate during pregnancy were so significant that the U.S. government instituted a folic acid supplementation program in 1998.
Once ingested, folic acid must be converted into its active form - methylfolate - for the body to use it. Until recently, no one knew this might pose a problem for some people.
But new research has found that about 40% of the population cannot convert folic acid into methylfolate because of a mutation in the gene responsible for this conversion process.
While other prenatal vitamins contain folic acid - a synthetic form of folate, Raise Them Well prenatal vitamins are made with methylfolate - the most active, bio-available form of folate.
Vitamin B12 - For brain health, metabolism, and muscle growth. I recommend methylB12 or methylcobalamin. This (like methyfolate) is the active form found in nature and is the best to take during pregnancy.
Vitamin K2 - Our prenatal vitamin is the only one on the market with Vitamin K2, which helps our bodies build strong bones, promotes proper brain function, and prevents cardiovascular diseases. Most people are deficient in Vitamin K2, the other K vitamin.
- Glutathione - Our bodies naturally produce glutathione to help eliminate toxins. It’s important during pregnancy because, like it or not, we cannot avoid all toxins completely.
When should prenatal vitamins be taken?
We recommend taking your vitamins at a consistent time, like your first meal of the day, so it’s easy to remember to take them daily.
How many prenatal vitamins should I take a day?
The recommended dose of Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins is 2 capsules once a day for individuals 17 and older, 1 capsule daily for ages 13 to 16, or as your healthcare practitioner recommends.
Who can take prenatal vitamins?
Women Who Are Pregnant / May become pregnant / Breastfeeding and Desire A Simple Vitamin: These ingredients are imperative for pregnant and nursing women and also incredibly important for all women.
Teenagers: Most teens need a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals but probably don’t need the extra strength doses found in most multivitamins. Generally, we recommend 1 capsule for ages 13 to 16 and 2 capsules for 17 and up. Pregnant teens should take 2 capsules.
Grandparents: As we age, most of us lose some of our ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, so supplementing with a high-quality multivitamin designed for maximum absorption is essential.
How can I be sure that Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins are made with the highest quality ingredients?
We produce our prenatal vitamins in a facility that is CGMP and NSF certified. Our vitamins are also certified by the Natural Products Association.
And we go one step further. Our Prenatal Vitamins undergo testing by an independent third party for over 100 different heavy metals and toxins to ensure that they meet or exceed the stringent Prop 65 requirements.
Are Raise Them Well Prenatal Vitamins eligible for FSA/HSA/HRA reimbursement?
You will need to ask your FSA/HSA/HRA provider if purchasing from our website qualifies for your specific plan.
Why does the Raise Them Well Prenatal formula contain more folate than the FDA’s recommended Daily Value (DV)?
Folate is incredibly important for pregnant women. The FDA’s recommended values are the minimum that should be consumed each day. Research shows that an increased amount of folate is beneficial for baby and mom.
Why take prenatal vitamins post-partum or while breastfeeding?
Besides our prenatal vitamin being a great broad-spectrum multivitamin, nursing mothers have increased nutritional needs during lactation that our depleted food sources cannot meet.
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