Sarah Bowmar here, owner of Bowmar Nutrition! I am so excited to finally bring our PRENATAL to our product lineup! I want to break down all of the details of this product as well as answer some FAQs I have been receiving on social media- let’s dive into the product!
What is a Prenatal?
A prenatal is a daily multivitamin that is specifically designed for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding. With the added benefits of Vitamin E and B6, many women going through menopause often take prenatals as well to reduce day-to-day symptoms and Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis (all three ingredients are in our new prenatal). I personally will continue to take a prenatal until I am done having children and beyond- it is an amazing overall multivitamin that has additional beneficial ingredients that many multis do not. As always, consult with your doctor for any health concerns.
A prenatal does not make you more fertile. It does not increase your chance of getting pregnant. It does not facilitate conception. It is recommended by the American College of Gynecology to begin taking a prenatal AT LEAST 90 days before trying to conceive. Many nutrient deficiencies can occur while pregnant so it is best to begin your prenatal 3 months prior to conception. If you are not taking a prenatal and find out you are pregnant, begin taking one immediately!
During pregnancy (and breastfeeding), your nutrient needs are different than any other time in life, coupled with the fact that baby gets all nutrients from mom, many women find themselves deficient in nutrients even if their diet is well balanced. It is VITAL to be supplementing with a high-quality prenatal to ensure a healthy pregnancy for both mom and baby. It’s also important to note that a prenatal should not replace a well-balanced diet.
Vitamin A- recommended 1300mg per day
Forms healthy skin and eyesight; helps with bone growth
Vitamin C- recommended 120mg per day
Promotes healthy gums, teeth, and bones; helps your body absorb iron
Vitamin D- recommended 15mg per day
Builds your baby’s bones and teeth; helps promote healthy eyesight and skin
Vitamin E- recommended 19mg per day
Helps your body create and maintain red blood cells, healthy skin and eyes, and strengthens your natural immune system
Vitamin K- recommended 90mg per day
Vitamin K helps blood to clot. It is essential to prevent serious bleeding. Babies do not get enough vitamin K from their mothers during pregnancy, or when they are breast feeding. Without vitamin K, they are at risk of getting a rare disorder called ‘vitamin K deficiency bleeding. It does not pass through the placenta and therefore, necessary for babies to receive Vitamin K at birth
Thiamine- recommended 1.4mg per day
Enables you and baby to convert carbs to energy. It also helps your nervous system, muscles, and heart function normally and is essential for baby’s brain development
Riboflavin- recommended 1.6mg per day
An essential vitamin (also known as B2) that helps your body produce energy. It also promotes your baby’s growth, vision, and healthy skin plus it is essential for your baby’s bone, muscle, and nerve development
Niacin- recommended 18mg per day
Improves digestion and can ease morning sickness and nausea
Vitamin B6- recommended 2mg per day
Helps form red blood cells; helps body use protein, fat, and carbohydrates
Folate- recommended 640mcg DFE per day
In early pregnancy, folic acid helps with neural tube development. It can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). Babies tubes have formed by end of week 4 which is why it is vital to supplement with a prenatal prior to conception but at the very least AS SOON as you find out you are pregnant
There is also a huge difference in quality, effectiveness, and absorption rates between folic acid and folate (what is in our product). You can read more about the folate source in our product here
Biotin- recommended 35mcg per day
Help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. A crucial nutrient during pregnancy, as it’s important for embryonic growth
Pantothenic Acid- recommended 7mg per day
Helps create pregnancy hormones and eases leg cramps
Choline- recommended 550mg per day
An important nutrient that helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord develop properly. Some studies suggest it may also protect a newborn against neural tube defects, similar to folate
Iron- recommended 27mg per day
Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin (blood) for both you and your baby during pregnancy. Iron helps move oxygen from your lungs to the baby’s body and the rest of your body. Supplementing with iron can help prevent iron-deficiency anemia, a condition that can cause extreme fatigue and other symptoms
Zinc- recommended 13mg per day
Getting enough zinc is especially important during pregnancy because there’s so much rapid cell growth. This essential mineral also helps support your immune system, maintain your senses of taste and smell, and heal wounds
Selenium- recommended 70mcg per day
Has been shown in some studies to decrease TPO antibody levels and in one study, selenium use during pregnancy decreased TPO antibodies and reduced the risk of thyroid function abnormalities after pregnancy
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme normally found in the thyroid gland. TPO plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones
Manganese- recommended 2.6mcg per day
Assists in the formation of fetal bones and cartilages. On top of that, it is needed to break down amino acids, carbs, and cholesterol- which is vital for the growth of the unborn baby. It is also an important mineral for protecting new cells from any potential damage
Chromium- recommended 45mcg per day
A mineral that helps your body break down and store fats, carbohydrates, and protein. It also works with the hormone insulin to maintain a normal level of glucose in your body. This is especially important if you become diabetic during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
Gestational diabetes affects up to 10% of pregnancies in the United States. If you have GD, your baby is at a higher risk of:
- Excessive birth weight
- Early (preterm) birth
- Serious breathing difficulties
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life
Ginger Root Extract- daily value not established
Ginger has been recognized as a popular nonpharmacological treatment for morning sickness during pregnancy
Please note, it is recommended to not consume more than 1g of ginger per day if pregnant. 2 pills (1 daily serving) of our prenatal contains 10% of the daily limit.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin – daily value not established
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, and in corn and egg yolks. The body cannot make lutein and zeaxanthin, so baby and mom must get these important nutrients from foods or supplements, or a combination.
As early as the second trimester of pregnancy, lutein and zeaxanthin start accumulating in the retina of baby’s eyes. During the third trimester, when baby’s eye and brain development are at their peak, the levels of lutein in mom’s bloodstream are also at their highest.ii A recent study found that children born to moms who had higher lutein and zeaxanthin levels in their blood just before delivery had a lower risk for poor visual acuity – the ability to see fine detail – at three years of age.iii
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in areas of the brain related to sight, learning, and memory.iv
Currently, there is no global health organization recommendation for lutein and zeaxanthin intake during pregnancy.v However, health professionals suggest adults consume 10 milligrams (mg) of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily to support eye health and to ensure adequate levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the retina.vi
Why doesn’t this also have calcium?
It is recommended to not consume calcium with iron as your body will prioritize calcium over iron. We recommend taking your calcium supplement and Vitamin D3 in the morning and prenatal at night, or vice versa. It is recommended to consume 1300mg of calcium per day if pregnant.
Is it vegan?
The capsules used are plant-based!
Should I be worried about an iron overdose?
Iron overdose typically occurs at 45mg or higher in adults. Our product has 27mg. If your diet is heavy in iron- it is best to track iron mg consumption to ensure a healthy dosage per day.
What about DHA?
Many of our customers are already using our Bowmar Nutrition Fish Oil which contains the recommended dosage of DHA for pregnancy. Additionally, our fish oil is sourced from wild-caught fish and is processed through state of the art purification processes to remove PCBs, dioxins and furans, and mercury to ensure purity levels below 0.09ppm, 2 ppt WHO TEQs, and 0.1ppm respectively
Additionally, there are several studies that prove DHA is best absorbed as a liquid in a soft gel cap (what our fish oil is), compared to the marine-derived oil being converted to a powder
What other supplements can I take while pregnant?
It is always recommended to consult with your doctor regarding any and all vitamins and supplements you may be taking while pregnant. There is a full list of the products I took while pregnant with Oakley, linked here.
Can I open these capsules and consume this in a liquid?
It is NOT recommended to open our PRENATAL and consume by mixing it into a liquid. The iron should not be absorbed directly as a powder, it is to be absorbed as a capsule