Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal Review

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Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal
Bottom Line

It's a bit of a pricier choice, but women who want to be sure that they're only putting top-quality ingredients in their system say Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal are worth the price. This prenatal multi contains ingredients that are thought to ease morning sickness, as well as a probiotic, and many women say it is one of the only prenatal vitamins they can take that don't make them feel nauseated or upset their stomach.

ProsVegetarian, Raw, whole food ingredients, May help ease morning sickness, Contains a probioticConsSmell bothers some, Three pills per day

Breaking it down

Key ingredients

On the high side for folate. The current RDA for folic acid from dietary supplements for women is 400 mcg when trying to conceive, 600 mcg while pregnant, and 500 mcg if breastfeeding. Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal contain 800 mcg of folate, which experts say is within the safe upper limit (the UL for folic acid is 1,000 mcg for those 19 and older). These multivitamins also contain 1,400 IU of vitamin D, and 125 mg of calcium. Like many prenatal vitamins, Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal has been recently reformulated to include iodine -- 150 mcg -- which is 100 percent of the RDA. These reformulations came after the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in May of 2014 estimating that about one-third of pregnant women in the U.S. are iodine deficient. Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal is the only prenatal multi we found with specific ingredients that may help with morning sickness and other digestive upsets that are common in pregnancy; as with any claim, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, but we read a number of reviews from women who say this multi nauseates them less than other prenatals. Vitamin Code prenatals are suitable for vegetarians, but not vegans due to its use of lanolin as a source for D3.

Side effects/contraindications

Very safe; suitable for vegetarians. Made with whole food ingredients, Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal contain no animal products so can be taken regardless of your dietary preferences. Reviews are mixed as to how easy the capsules are to take, some say each pill is large and hard to swallow or that the smell causes nausea. Others disagree, saying that the capsules are no larger than any other multi, go down easily, and have no particular odor. We did see some comments that the product didn't seem to smell when taken prenatally, but after the user became pregnant they found the smell repugnant. One downside is that you have to take three pills a day, but you don't have to take them all at once, many take one at each meal. Of course, this tends to make this prenatal a pricier option as well, but many women say it's worth it to know they're taking a whole-food product.

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Our Sources

1. LabDoor.com

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Multivitamin, Editors of LabDoor.com, Not Dated

Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal is number two overall in the prenatal vitamin category, number seven in value. It receives an overall score of "A," meaning it meets testing criteria for label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety and projected efficacy.

2. Amazon.com

Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal, 180 Capsules, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016

In more than 1,150 customer reviews, Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Many note that it's one of the only prenatal vitamins that doesn't give them nausea or other digestive issues. Most say it's easy to swallow, although there are others who say the capsule is too large or the smell bothers them.

3. iHerb.com

Garden of Life, Vitamin Code, Women, 90 Veggie Caps, Contributors to iHerb.com, As of March 2016

The Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal earns an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in more than 70 reviews here. Women note that it's easy to swallow and they like that it is appropriate for vegetarians. The whole-food ingredients come in for a particularly large amount of praise.

4. Vitacost.com

Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal -- 180 Vegetarian Capsule, Contributors to VitaCost.com, As of March 2016

Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal Caps gets an overall rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 in more than 50 reviews. Quite a few users have taken these vitamins for years, they say, through their prenatal, natal and postnatal stages of life. This prenatal multi gets kudos for high-quality ingredients and the added probiotics.

5. VitaminShoppe.com

Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal (90 Capsules), Contributors to VitaminShoppe.com, As of March 2016

In nearly 30 reviews, Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal earns an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5; 100 percent of users would recommend it to a friend. In particular, women rave about this prenatals nausea-easing ingredients, but others say it tastes bad and they have to take it while holding their nose.