Pregnant women have their own unique nutritional needs, and the National Institutes of Health recommends that they get 600 mcg of folic acid and 27 mg of iron daily. The Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin contains these nutrients in the suggested amounts as well as vitamin A solely in the beta-carotene form, which is also recommended for expectant moms. There's little calcium in this formula, however, so you may need an extra calcium supplement if your doctor recommends it.
The Pregnancy Plus Prenatal is approved in independent testing, and has one of the lowest lead levels in the FDA's tests. Nearly all multivitamins contain small traces of lead, so the goal is to choose a multi with the lowest levels possible. While the safe/tolerable level for pregnant women is 25 mcg of lead per day, Pregnancy Plus has just 0.189 mcg in a daily dose. These prenatals contain no gelatin or animal products, and are suitable for vegetarians. Some users say they have a strong vegetable smell while others have no complaints.
We found the best review of the Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin at ConsumerLab.com. This independent organization tests numerous multis to ensure they dissolve properly, contain what is stated on the label and don't contain toxins. Those that meet all these criteria are listed as approved. User reviews help consumers gauge how easy the pills are to take and whether they cause noticeable side effects.
1. Consumer Lab
ConsumerLab.com includes the Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin in its round of testing in 2010. Each multi receives an approved or not approved label after a series of tests.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, Dec. 6, 2010
2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Nearly 99 percent of multivitamins tested by the FDA contain small traces of lead, but none exceed safe/tolerable levels for pregnant women. Among prenatal vitamins, Pregnancy Plus has one of the lowest levels.
Review: Survey Data on Lead in Women's and Children's Vitamins, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Aug. 2008
Some reviewers posting to Amazon.com are put off by this prenatal vitamin's strong vegetable odor, so much so that it prevents them from taking it. Even those who like the Pregnancy Plus Prenatal formula acknowledge that it has a strong smell.
Review: Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Vitamins, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
About six users post comments on the Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin, and all are pleased.
Review: Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of Feb. 2012