The table below depicts the major differences between each prenatal vitamin product. There are nutritional differences that can be distinguished by looking at the labels on each product page.
Note: None of the prenatal products contain iron, as iron competes with calcium for absorption. If you doctor recommends that you take iron, consider supplementing separately. Your doctor should be able to recommend the right product for your body and lifestyle.
|Overall Qualities||Nutritional Differences||Serving size/Delivery||Suitability|
|Optimal Prenatal Protein Powder||Most comprehensive, powder format, added protein powder, no iron||Potent vitamin and mineral content. Contains pea and rice protein and choline. No copper||Powder/ 1 scoop (40 g)||Needs powerful nutrition support/high-risk pregnancies, schedule allows for smoothie/shake making, can't swallow capsules, needs protein|
|Optimal Prenatal Capsules||Comprehensive, capsule format, no protein, no iron||Potent vitamin and minerals. Contains choline and copper. No protein.||Capsules/ 8||Needs powerful nutrition support/high-risk pregnancies, busy schedule, doesn't like sweet tastes, doesn't need protein|
|Optimal Prenatal Chewable||Simpler, not as potent, no herbs or amino acids only 2 chewable tablets, no iron||Lower vitamin and mineral content. Contains copper. No protein, choline, red raspberry, L-carnosine, or ginger.||Chewable tablets/ 2||Busy schedule, doesn't need extra nutrition, can't swallow capsules, doesn't need protein|
|Optimal Prenatal Methyl Free||Same as Optimal Prenatal except free from methyl donors and uses non-methyl folate/B12||No choline, inositol, and betaine, methyl B12 or methylfolate. Contains folinic acid and hydroxo/adeno B12||Capsules/8||Needs powerful nutrition support/high-risk pregnancies, Sensitive to methylated nutrients|
|Prenatal Essentials||Basic and affordable prenatal, just what you need for a healthy baby, no extras||No herbs, antioxidants, or "extras"||Capsule/2||Affordable, low serving size, foundational/basic|
|Prenatal Essentials Methyl Free||Same as Prenatal Essentials except free from methyl donors, Basic and affordable prenatal, just what you need for a healthy baby, no extras||No herbs, antioxidants, or "extras" , no methylfolate, methyl B12, choline, inositol, betaine Contains folinic acid and hydroxo/adeno B12||Capsules/2||Affordable, low serving size, foundational/basic, Sensitive to methylated nutrients|