Vitamin A

as 50% beta carotene and as 50% retinyl palmitate

1,500mcg RAE total, 750mcg RAE of each form

(RAE, retinol activity equivalents, standardizes the dose of Vitamin A between the two forms as their absorption rates differ significantly)

 

How it supports mama:

  • immune function
  • fetal facial feature development including eyes and ears
  • thyroid function
  • adequate birth weight
  • full-term gestation
  • healthy skin

How it supports baby:

  • immune function
  • fetal facial feature development including eyes and ears
  • thyroid function
  • adequate birth weight
  • full-term gestation
  • healthy skin

Most pregnant and nursing women aren’t meeting their baseline needs

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) Pregnant & Nursing:

1,300mcg RAE

51% of adults fall short of meeting their requirements based on the RDA1

1 RDAs often provide far less nutrition than what you need. They are set by a government body with levels anchored by the minimum nutritional amounts necessary to avoid disease conditions, not to support you optimally before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more here.

Why this form?

Beta carotene is the form of Vitamin A found in plants. It is often poorly absorbed and inefficiently converted into the active, or ready-to-be used, form after absorption. And, many women contain a genetic variation that prevents the conversion completely.

Retinyl palmitate is an active form that is more readily usable by the body. It is otherwise found in animal foods, especially liver and dairy products.

Why this dose?

The combination provides enough retinyl palmitate to be effective, especially for those that don’t eat enough meat or dairy, or have beta carotene conversion difficulty, while still being safe for all mamas and mamas-to-be.

How do we stack against 6 leading prenatals

500mg
750mg
500mg
750mg
1,000mg
800mg

Additional information to note

There is a lot of internet chatter around avoiding active forms of Vitamin A like retinyl palmitate in supplements during pregnancy. This caution exists because Vitamin A is a fat soluble nutrient and therefore can be hard for your body to eliminate. Toxicity can occur at very high levels of Vitamin A. The WHO says 10,000IU / 3,000mcg a day of the active form of vitamin A is the upper limit. However, other research suggests that no risk has been observed at 30,000IU / 9.000mcg a day.2 Beta carotene does not apply towards the upper limit.

We think instructions to avoid retinyl palmitate completely are misguided. Avoidance has led to a high rate of vitamin A deficiency in pregnancy and babies, which can be damaging as well.

Magnesium

as magnesium bisglycinate

400mg

How it supports mama:

  • immune function
  • antioxidant preventing cell damage
  • healthy connective tissues and skin
  • iron absorption
  • mental health as a component of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine
  • metabolism and healthy energy levels

How it supports baby:

  • immune function
  • cell division, i.e. how baby grows
  • building cartilage, tendons, bones, teeth, blood vessels, and skin

Most pregnant and nursing women aren’t meeting their baseline needs

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) Pregnant & Nursing:

1,300mcg RAE

51% of adults fall short of meeting their requirements based on the RDA1

1 RDAs often provide far less nutrition than what you need. They are set by a government body with levels anchored by the minimum nutritional amounts necessary to avoid disease conditions, not to support you optimally before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more here.

Why this form?

Beta carotene is the form of Vitamin A found in plants. It is often poorly absorbed and inefficiently converted into the active, or ready-to-be used, form after absorption. And, many women contain a genetic variation that prevents the conversion completely.

Retinyl palmitate is an active form that is more readily usable by the body. It is otherwise found in animal foods, especially liver and dairy products.

Why this dose?

The combination provides enough retinyl palmitate to be effective, especially for those that don’t eat enough meat or dairy, or have beta carotene conversion difficulty, while still being safe for all mamas and mamas-to-be.

How do we stack against 6 leading prenatals

300mg
550mg
750mg
800mg
1,000mg
500mg

Additional information to note

There is a lot of internet chatter around avoiding active forms of Vitamin A like retinyl palmitate in supplements during pregnancy. This caution exists because Vitamin A is a fat soluble nutrient and therefore can be hard for your body to eliminate. Toxicity can occur at very high levels of Vitamin A. The WHO says 10,000IU / 3,000mcg a day of the active form of vitamin A is the upper limit. However, other research suggests that no risk has been observed at 30,000IU / 9.000mcg a day.2 Beta carotene does not apply towards the upper limit.

We think instructions to avoid retinyl palmitate completely are misguided. Avoidance has led to a high rate of vitamin A deficiency in pregnancy and babies, which can be damaging as well.

Organic Fruit & Vegetable Antioxidant Blend

apple, broccoli, kale, spinach, beet, carrot, green cabbage, parsley, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tomato

100mg

How it supports mama:

  • immune function
  • calcium and phosphorus absorption
  • bind and eliminate toxins
  • a healthy inflammatory response
  • healthy blood pressure
  • a healthy full-term pregnancy

How it supports baby:

  • immune function
  • bone/teeth development and maintenance
  • cell growth
  • respiratory function

Most pregnant and nursing women aren’t meeting their baseline needs

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) Pregnant & Nursing:

1,300mcg RAE

51% of adults fall short of meeting their requirements based on the RDA1

1 RDAs often provide far less nutrition than what you need. They are set by a government body with levels anchored by the minimum nutritional amounts necessary to avoid disease conditions, not to support you optimally before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more here.

Why this form?

Beta carotene is the form of Vitamin A found in plants. It is often poorly absorbed and inefficiently converted into the active, or ready-to-be used, form after absorption. And, many women contain a genetic variation that prevents the conversion completely.

Retinyl palmitate is an active form that is more readily usable by the body. It is otherwise found in animal foods, especially liver and dairy products.

Why this dose?

This dose provides enough to be effective, while still being safe for all mamas and mamas-to-be.

How do we stack against 6 leading prenatals

700mg
1,000mg
500mg
70mg
600mg
750mg

Additional information to note

4,000 IU is a supportive maintenance dose. Most prenatal supplements will add 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 at most due to caution around the fact that it is a fat soluble nutrient and therefore can be hard for your body to eliminate. Through research and clinical practice of our practitioner partners we do not think 2,000 IU is enough. 4,000 IU is more effective and highly safe. As one example, a 2011 well designed placebo and randomized controlled study on vitamin D3 supplementation in pregnant women evaluated this dose. At 4,000 IU per day 82% of women reached proper blood levels of vitamin D and no participants had side effects of excessive blood levels of vitamin D3. In addition, women taking 4,000 IU had far lower rates of pregnancy complications compared to those taking a lower dose.

However, additional Vitamin D3 beyond 4,000 IU may be required for some mamas whose levels are especially low.