There is no other time in a woman’s life where the taking of a vitamin supplement is more important than in pregnancy. In fact, the makeup of many prenatal vitamins is so good that some women use them even when they aren’t pregnant. Because the body is truly providing for two and because the fetus is growing and developing so rapidly, beginning a prenatal vitamin as soon as a woman knows she’s pregnant may be important to the health of the pregnancy.
Women who are vegetarians are often challenged in finding a proper prenatal vitamin containing vitamins with vegan sources. DEVA Nutrition has taken high quality vegan-based vitamins and combined them into a vitamin precisely tailored to the pregnant woman. Let’s look at some of the special needs of pregnant women and look at how this vegan prenatal product addresses those needs.
Two of the most important vitamins necessary for adequate fetal development are also the two most prone to being deficient: vitamin B12 and folic acid. Deficiencies in folic acid, in particular, have been linked to neural tube defects in early pregnancy. DEVA Vegan Prenatal Formula provides 138% of the recommended daily allowances of folic acid. Vitamin B12 is difficult for vegans to get in their diet due to its presence primarily in meat products. The DEVA Vegan Prenatal Formula provides over 1500% of the RDA of this vitamin. It is entirely possible that a pregnant woman who also eats a vegan diet begins her pregnancy with less than adequate amounts of vitamin B12, so the amount in the prenatal vitamin could help.
While most prenatal vitamins try to pack in as much as they can into the vitamin, DEVA Nutrition has been careful not to promote an excess of potentially toxic fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A is provided as water-soluble beta carotene at a level that won’t cause vitamin A toxicity at the recommended daily dosage of one tablet. Vitamin E is provided in its d-alpha form , which is derived from plant sources, and is provided in a safe amount. Vitamin K, another fat-soluble vitamin, is also in amounts that avoid toxicity.
Vitamin D, important in calcium metabolism, is provided as vitamin D2, the vegan source of the vitamin, at 100% of the recommended daily allowance.
The B vitamins are all well-represented in the DEVA Vegan Prenatal Multivitamin. The DEVA Vegan Prenatal Multivitamin provides biotin, another commonly deficient nutrient in pregnancy. Choline is provided because it may be necessary for fetal brain development.
The range of minerals is provided to help support the growth and development of the fetus. Iron (in the form of an amino acid chelate) is extremely important to have in a good prenatal vitamin; it is provided at 117% of the recommended daily allowance. Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum and Boron are all provided.
Because Calcium takes up a great deal of space in any multivitamin, there is no one-per-day prenatal vitamin that provides the amount of Calcium a pregnant woman needs for proper fetal bone development. For that reason, separate Calcium supplementation is always recommended during pregnancy, especially if the daily dietary intake is lacking.
DEVA VeganPrenatal Multivitamin with Minerals provides a great package in prenatal supplementation for any expecting mother, not just those on vegan diets. It contains a good combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients without providing any of them in harmful amounts.
Cellulose, Stearic Acid, Croscarmellose Sodium, Vegetable Stearate, Silica, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) coating.
One (1) tablet a day with food or as directed by a health care professional.
Yeast, wheat, gluten, starch, sugar, salt, hexane, dairy, egg, fish; artificial preservatives, flavors or fragrance; animal products, byproducts or derivatives.
Always consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.