One of the questions I’ve gotten asked the most throughout my pregnancy is what supplements I’ve been taking — and I get why: there’s so much information out there, it’s hard to figure out which brands are safe and effective during this very important time in your life.
Below I’m sharing my personal recommendations for pregnancy supplements and why I love them. I hope this serves as a helpful resource for all you mamas out there.
To start off, it’s important to take a daily prenatal vitamin, which is where Binto come in!
Back in March 2019, my friend Locke introduced me to a vitamin company called Binto and connected me with the founder, Nurse Suzie. Immediately, Suzie and I hit it off over email, and I was super excited about her products. First, I thought it was amazing that Binto was a female-founded company and secondly, I was intrigued because the founder is also a registered nurse who started Binto to help women get safe and effective personalized vitamins at an affordable price. Not only that, but Binto gives back to women through non-profits. Amazing, right?
The best part though? The Binto vitamins are tailored to your needs and body. You just fill out a survey online and then get your results based on your goals. They have regular women’s multi-vitamins, but also have focuses on prenatal, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. The vitamin packages start at $35/month and are directly delivered to your doorstep! They’re also gluten free, vegan-friendly, preservative free and formulated with methylated folate — (6s)-5-Methylfolate. Methylated folate is important to use over regular folic acid since folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, and relies on a gene and an enzyme called MTHFR to convert folic acid to its active form. Many women have issues absorbing folic acid and don’t even know it, so it’s best to use methylated folate for proper absorption for both mama and baby.
And no, I haven’t been paid to say any of this. I’m just obsessed with Binto and the founder Nurse Suzie. Currently I take the Binto prenatal vitamins which include a prenatal with DHA and a probiotic. All good stuff!
If you are interested in trying BINTO, you can use the code ‘ambitiouskitchen’ for 20% your first order! *this is not paid, I truly just am obsessed with them*
Garden of Life Once Daily Prenatal Probiotics are the next supplement I use and recommend. My doula said you can’t really overdo it on probiotics, especially since women are prone to experiencing more yeast infections and imbalances during pregnancy thanks to changing hormones. It also may reduce your chance of developing Group B strep during pregnancy.
MegaFood Blood Builder: I started taking this because my iron levels were fairly low and I developed anemia during my third trimester. I recently got tested again after taking this supplement and my levels are now back to normal, which I’m happy about. This particular brand was recommended to me by my doula.
SolayRay B-Complex Chewable: I take started taking these chewable B vitamins daily back when I was experiencing both first trimester exhaustion and nausea. They’re great for a little boost of energy!
Garden of Life Vitamin D3: this was recommended to me by my doula for an easier birth, plus the fact that most people are vitamin D deficient. I didn’t start taking this until around 32 weeks or so!
Garden of Life Magnesium: I developed leg cramps and restless leg syndrome about halfway through my pregnancy. This was recommend to me by my doula and by tons of readers. I’m a huge fan and love sipping on it.
I hope this was helpful! Be sure to check out more of my pregnancy-related products here. I’d love to hear what brands and supplements you have been enjoying throughout your pregnancy in the comments below. xo!