My husband and I weren't actively trying when I got pregnant... but we also weren't not trying (and I know I'm not alone in this!). By the time I saw that positive Modern Fertility Pregnancy Test — and thanks to ongoing convos led by our medical advisory board — I'd already been proactively taking prenatals for months. Doing that gave me peace of mind; I knew I was doing all I could to set myself up for the healthiest pregnancy possible. The thing is, we don't talk enough about the fact that prenatals are important to start early, before pregnancy (OB-GYNs say at least one month) — and it isn’t easy knowing which prenatals actually have what we need. That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Modern Fertility product family: the Prenatal Multivitamin.
We spent the last year obsessing over the research around every single nutrient recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG, aka the leading body of OB-GYNs), gathering doctor perspectives from our medical advisory board, and balancing all of that against what most of us are already getting (and not getting) from food. Then we fine-tuned our formulation to increase absorbability, reduce unpleasant side effects (like the dreaded fishy burps and tummy aches), and fit it all into a 2-capsule dose.*
The Modern Fertility Prenatal Multivitamin is another tool in your arsenal during a phase no one really prepares us for: preconception. As we wait longer than ever to have kids, this phase is becoming increasingly important. After all, fertility phases aren't black and white, no and then go — we need to know what we can start doing now to plan for the future we want.
What makes our Prenatal Multi a gem of a prenatal
The virtually ~thousands~ of prenatal vitamins out there can be tricky to navigate — how do you differentiate between all those ingredient lists and doses? On top of that, monthly refills often leave you with an endless supply of plastic bottles. We (and the environment) deserve a better prenatal: one that was meticulously researched and supports our shifting timelines.
Let's talk about exactly what sets our Prenatal Multi apart from the countless options you'll find online and on shelves:
1. Our Prenatal Multi is packed with 12 nutrients supported by ACOG guidelines and decades of research.
When it comes to prenatals, more isn't necessarily better. If a prenatal is chock full of fillers, the nutrients you’re already getting from what you eat, or excessively high doses, you might go above your recommended daily limits and experience not-so-great side effects (read: stomach aches). And sometimes because there's so much crammed into one serving, you have to take giant capsules or gulp down a handful at one time.
We went all in while developing our Prenatal Multi. We invested in high-quality, easily absorbed forms of essential nutrients backed by ACOG guidelines and the latest research. In the end, here's what we packed inside each capsule: folate (as the biologically active methylfolate), choline (which isn't included in many prenatals), iron (as the more digestible ferrous bisglycinate), omega-3s (as the vegetarian algal DHA), vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D3, biotin, iodine, and zinc. Our Prenatal Multi is pared down, vegetarian, gluten-free, and preservative-free — and each dose is a very manageable 2 standard-sized capsules. ~All of this~ is fairly priced at $30 per month.
Read up on all 12 OB-GYN-recommended nutrients right here.
2. It's designed to support your body before, during, and after pregnancy (and you can even use it to replace your daily multi).
We're having kids later in life, and we don’t always know exactly when conception might happen. In fact, almost half of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned — which could be why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends all people with ovaries of reproductive age take prenatals with folate throughout their "reproductive years."
We designed the Prenatal Multi so you can take it months (or even years!) before trying to conceive — and because of how we formulated it, you can use the Prenatal Multi to replace your standard daily vitamin.
Since iron supplementation is often the culprit for upset stomachs while taking prenatals, we stuck with the iron level set by the FDA for pre-pregnancy (18 mg) so you can keep on taking the Prenatal Multi while minimizing uncomfortable side effects.* We also included vitamin C, a nutrient shown to improve the absorption of any iron you're already getting.*
3. It's extra easy on the tummy.
Everyone is different, but for me (and for a lot of my friends), having a prenatal that’s easy on the stomach is incredibly important — especially in the first trimester, when queasiness was my everyday companion. Get this: Research shows that taking prenatals before pregnancy can actually improve symptoms early on (this study is from 1999, but ACOG recommends prenatals with B6 for this very reason), so we knew we needed to create a prenatal you'd actually want to take every day (whether you're pregnant or not!).*
To keep your tummy happy, we searched high and low for more digestible forms of each nutrient (including ferrous bisglycinate, which is associated with fewer stomach issues), balanced the levels of each nutrient, and infused the capsules with a fresh hint of citrus.* (I actually look forward to taking my Prenatal Multi each morning because of that citrusy goodness.)
4. It comes in a sustainable monthly subscription that makes refills super convenient.
For months, I had vitamin bottles of every shape and size all around my bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Not only was it unbelievably wasteful, but it was also frustrating to keep racking up more bottles every time I refilled my supply. Plus, I'm the type of person who doesn't remember to take my vitamins unless they're sitting right in front of me — and many of the plastic bottles prenatals come in don't exactly spark joy.
Our Prenatal Multi comes with a reusable, child-resistant glass jar — and refills are shipped in a pouch (plus a new citrus packet to keep your capsules fresh) to reduce packaging waste. It's easy, convenient, and more sustainable than many of the top prenatal options out there.
Now, instead of a home overrun by plastic bottles, I have one ~beautiful~ glass jar. It's like having a little jewel waiting for me at my desk every morning.
The Modern Fertility Prenatal Multivitamin is the prenatal we've been waiting for
With the Modern Fertility Prenatal Multivitamin, you'll have a prenatal you can really trust — one you can start now to support your body from preconception all the way through pregnancy and beyond. I know I'll be taking it for the rest of my pregnancy, when I'm breastfeeding, and probably straight through baby #2 (which, TBH, I can barely imagine right now).
What I've learned from seven months of pregnancy is that you can't always know what to expect or if you're doing the right things. But having a prenatal that's backed by OB-GYNs, easy on the tummy, and designed to stick with me for longer gives me one less thing to worry about — and I know I'm doing something really good for my body and future baby.*
|*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.|