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What are the differences between prenatal multivitamins such as PregVit® and MaternaTM?

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By : Nurturing Life's Nutrition Team | Montreal Diet Dispensary
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PregVit® was designed to maximize iron absorption and reduce nausea often associated with taking a prenatal supplement. Pregvit® and MaternaTM are the two best-selling brands, but each pharmacy also offers a house brand prenatal multivitamin.

Pregvit® MaternaTM Kirkland (Costco) Spectrum Life (Pharmaprix) Option + (Uniprix)
Number of pills 2 1 1 1 1
Content of pills Blue pill: calcium

Pink pill: iron and vitamin C

Dosage according to the manufacturer Blue pill: one hour before or after dinner

Pink pill: one hour before or two hours after breakfast

One pill per day taken with food One pill per day taken with food One pill per day taken with food One pill per day taken with food
Type of iron Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate
Quantity of iron 35 mg 27 mg 27 mg 27 mg 27 mg
Quantity of folic acid Pregvit®: 1,1 mg

*Pregvit5®: 5 mg

1 mg 1 mg 1 mg  1 mg
Quantity of calcium 300 mg 250 mg 250 mg 250 mg 250 mg
Quantity of vitamin D 250 UI 400 UI 400 UI 400 UI 400 UI
Quantity of vitamin B12 12 μg 2,6 μg 2,6 μg 2,6 μg 2,6 μg
Quantity of vitamin C 120 mg 85 mg 85 mg 85 mg 85 mg
Quantity of vitamin A 2700 UI beta carotene 2500 UI beta carotene + 1000 UI vitamin A acetate 2500 UI beta carotene + 1000 UI vitamin A acetate 2500 UI beta carotene + 1000 UI vitamin A acetate 2500 UI beta carotene + 1000 UI vitamin A acetate
Halal and kosher yes not specified not specified not specified not specified
Other information No lactose, no gluten, no tartrazine, no gelatin Contains gelatin No gluten, no lactose, no yeast, contains gelatin No gluten, no lactose No gluten, no lactose, no yeast
Daily cost** Pregvit®: 0,74$

Pregvit5®: 1,14$

0,20-0,25$ 0,06$ 0,14$ 0,15$
Particularities Two pills to take at two different times in the day, Prescription required, Higher cost Contains gelatin Contains gelatin Gelatin content not specified Gelatin content not specified

* Intended for women with risk factors for neural tube defects. For more information, see the following article.

** Cost can vary by 10% according to the pharmacies. The daily cost of a generic prenatal supplement is from $ 0.15 to $ 0.20.

PregVit® is separated into two tablets: Calcium is contained in a tablet, and the iron in the other, combined with vitamin C which increases its absorption. According to the manufacturer, the tablets should be taken at different times of the day, in order to optimize the absorption of iron and calcium.

The key is to take a prenatal multivitamin. The choice of supplement will depend on the needs and preferences. To learn which vitamins and minerals should be present in a prenatal vitamin, see the following article.

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