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Vitamin Needs for Prenatal and Postnatal Health: A Checklist for Moms-to-Be

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About every eight seconds in the United States, a new baby is born.

But long before that, even before conception, many women begin the journey to new motherhood by making important changes in their diet and lifestyle to ensure their health and the health of their growing babies—and one of the most important changes a woman can make is taking a prenatal vitamin.

What are prenatal vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins are vitamins formulated specifically for women who are trying to get pregnant or who are already pregnant. Not only do they support the nutritional needs of the mother, but prenatal vitamins also help to create a healthy environment in which the baby can grow.

What are some of the key vitamins and minerals expectant mothers need?

From preconception to pregnancy, and even after the baby is born, both mother and child have important nutritional needs. The following is a list of some of the most important vitamins and minerals needed before, during, and after pregnancy.

Vitamins C + D, zinc. To support the growth and development of a baby, women who are trying to conceive should begin thinking about optimal immune health. Vitamins C and D, along with the mineral zinc, are important nutrients that support the immune system. 

Folic acid. This essential B vitamin is needed for healthy cell development. In the early stages of pregnancy (the first trimester), folic acid supports brain and spinal development. Healthful diets with adequate folate in the first trimester may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord birth defect.

Iron. Creating a tiny human (or multiple tiny humans) makes some serious demands of the body, including the need for additional blood for the developing baby. This requires extra iron (almost double the amount of the needs of a non-pregnant woman) to produce hemoglobin, as well as to help transport needed oxygen from the mother’s lungs to the rest of her body and to the baby.

Calcium. Most moms-to-be know that calcium is important for making sure babies develop strong bones and teeth. Calcium also supports healthy muscle function and nerve transmission in expectant mothers. It’s important to maintain adequate calcium intake for both mom-to-be and baby to support healthy growth and development.

Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is not uncommon in pregnant and lactating women. This important vitamin plays a key role in calcium absorption, which supports healthy bone development and maintenance. Vitamin D also supports healthy immune and musculoskeletal systems. Moms-to-be and developing babies require vitamin D.

Iodine. Iodine is an essential component of our thyroid hormones T3 (thyroxine) and T4 (triiodothyronine). Thyroid hormones are involved in a number of important processes in our bodies, including protein synthesis and enzyme activity, and they are key components in our metabolism. Of important note is that thyroid hormones are also required for proper development of the skeletal and central nervous system in fetuses and infants. During pregnancy, increased thyroid hormone production occurs and adequate iodine is needed. Adequate iodine levels during pregnancy and early infancy may support healthy growth and development. Therefore, it is important to consume adequate iodine either in the diet or through supplementation.

How does Rainbow Light support moms-to-be and developing babies?

Rainbow Light developed a line of nutritional supplements that provides specific nourishment for mom and baby through each stage of pregnancy. Five unique supplements deliver targeted support prior to conception, throughout all three trimesters, and later during breastfeeding and beyond. Below is a brief description of each formula.

Vibrance Preconception Multivitamin

Formulated with clinically researched ingredients in potencies designed to support health during conception and early development, this advanced multivitamin ensures mom and baby get the right nutrition during this critical stage. The Non-GMO Project Verified formula includes a Rainbow Blend of organic fruits and vegetables, plus a balanced range of nutrients including vitamin C and zinc to support immune health.*

  • Provides folate to support neonatal neural tube health in the first trimester
  • Supports immune health with vitamin C and zinc
  • Provides our special digestive blend of probiotics and enzymes

Vibrance Trimester 1 Prenatal Multivitamin

For a healthy pregnancy and baby, get the right nutrition during the first trimester with our advanced, research-based formula designed to provide the specific nourishment for each stage of your journey. Our first trimester formula helps to ensure you get the right nutrition during the initial 90 days of pregnancy. To help support energy levels, the formula includes B vitamins as well as a unique ginger extract.*

  • Promotes baby’s healthy brain and neural tube development with folate
  • Supports immune health with vitamin C and zinc
  • Promotes energy with customized levels of bioavailable B vitamins
  • Helps ease feelings of nausea with our unique ginger extract
  • Our digestive blend contains probiotics and enzymes
  • A good source of choline

Vibrance Trimester 2 Prenatal Multivitamin

This advanced, research-based multivitamin is designed to provide specific nourishment during the second trimester of pregnancy. It includes our Rainbow Blend of fruits and vegetables, along with probiotics, enzymes, and essential nutrients to support baby’s development and help keep mom healthy.*

  • Promotes energy with customized levels of bioavailable B vitamins
  • Lowers the risk of iron deficiency during pregnancy with high-potency iron
  • Provides our special digestive blend of probiotics and plant-sourced enzymes
  • Supports healthy muscle function with magnesium
  • Supports bone health with high-potency vitamin D

Vibrance Trimester 3 Prenatal Multivitamin

 For a healthy pregnancy and baby, get the right nutrition during the third trimester with our advanced, research-based formula designed to provide the specific nourishment for each stage of your journey.*

  • Helps ease mom’s occasional digestive discomfort with ginger
  • Promotes energy with customized levels of bioavailable B vitamins
  • Lowers the risk of iron deficiency during pregnancy with high-potency iron
  • Provides our special digestive blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes
  • Gentle enough to be taken on an empty stomach  or with food

Vibrance Postnatal Multivitamin

Our Postnatal Multivitamin provides customized nourishment as you adjust to caring for a newborn. Formulated with fruits, vegetables, probiotics, and ingredients that are not genetically engineered, this supplement contains scientifically studied ingredients in potencies that support a vibrant, healthy lifestyle. This advanced multivitamin helps to ensure you get the right nutrition after pregnancy.*

  • Provides moringa, traditionally used by breastfeeding mothers for lactation
  • This multivitamin provides an excellent source of 19 essential nutrients to support mom’s health and energy and baby’s ongoing development
  • Supports immune health with vitamin C and zinc
  • Supports brain development
  • Provides our special digestive blend of probiotics and plant-sourced enzymes

Vibrance NutriStart Multivitamin Powder

Easy to mix with formula, beverages, or soft foods, our Vibrance NutriStart Multivitamin Powder delivers key nutrients in optimal potencies and combinations for infant and toddler nutrition.*

  • B vitamins promote a healthy brain and nervous system
  • High-potency source of folic acid
  • Supports immune health

A healthy pregnancy begins with optimal nutrition.

A healthy, happy pregnancy is the wish of every expectant mother, and it begins with optimal nutrition. When we give our bodies—and, as a result, our babies’ bodies—the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for normal growth and development, we are one step closer to achieving that goal.

Trust For the First Thousand Days and the full line of Rainbow Light prenatal supplements for the ongoing support you and your baby need.*