Pregnant women need increased folic acid and vitamin A in the safer form of beta-carotene to help prevent birth defects. Rite Aid Prenatals has 800 mcg of folic acid, and 100 percent of its 4,000 IU of vitamin A is from beta-carotene. Consumers say the pill is large, but is easy to swallow and doesn't cause stomach upset. If you aren't pregnant, reviews suggest One-A-Day Women's (*Est. $7 for 50 tablets) for premenopausal women because it has 18 mg of iron and 400 mcg of folic acid.
Rite Aid Prenatal Tablets with Folic Acid has been tested and approved by ConsumerLab.com, meaning it includes the nutrients claimed, dissolves properly and doesn't contain excess lead. ConsumerReports.org and a number of other expert sources say you can count on acceptable quality with any brand-name or store-label multivitamins. We found helpful user reviews at NutritionalTree.com, most of which are positive and indicate a minimal degree of stomach upset. Not all women face the same degree of nausea with any multivitamin, so your experience may vary.
1. Consumer Lab
ConsumerLab.com includes Rite Aid Prenatal Tablets with Folic Acid in its latest round of testing. Each multi receives an approved or not approved label after a series of tests.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, June 28, 2011
This respected testing organization says store-brand multivitamins are a good deal for those on a budget and work just as well as name brands. Editors note, however, that obtaining vitamins and minerals from food is best.
Review: Multivitamins, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Sept. 2010
A handful of consumer reviews give Rite Aid Prenatal Tablets with Folic Acid an almost perfect score. Most say it's a great value, and doesn't leave an aftertaste or cause excessive nausea.
Review: Prenatal Tablets with Folic, Contributors to NutritionalTree.com, As of Feb. 2012