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A simple Amazon.com search for prenatal multivitamins yields over 250 unique results. What used to be mainly available by prescription-only is now widely accessible over the (virtual) counter. And, they come in every form, shape and size, with varying nutrient profiles.

But, not all prenatal multivitamins are created equal, and while some are truly better than others, there is no universally perfect supplement. Choosing the right bottle depends on your personal diet, lifestyle and preferences.

When walking down the prenatal vitamin aisle, choose the form you are most comfortable with when it comes to your tolerability and schedule. Choose a brand that has no artificial ingredients and has at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Scan your diet to find any gaps in the key nutrients (iron, DHA, calcium, vitamin D plus B12 and zinc for vegans) and confirm the brand you choose meets the minimum requirements. If you’re unsure of your diet, you can always get your levels checked for some peace of mind, or consult a Registered Dietitian who can guide you.

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Here’s our cheat sheet for finding the perfect prenatal vitamin for your pregnancy.

All-Around Pregnancy Health

There are 5 key nutrients all pregnant women need, whether from diet or a supplement: folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D and omega 3. Folic acid supports neural tube development, iron helps oxygen delivery to the baby, calcium and vitamin D maintain bone growth, and omega 3 promotes brain development. You don’t necessary need all of these nutrients in supplement form. Do a quick review of your personal diet to find where you may have gaps that your prenatal vitamin will need to fill. Because your nutrient levels and absorption may change during pregnancy, it is always an option to get your levels checked in the beginning and throughout pregnancy to see where you stand.

Nutritionist Picks: Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System (if you can swallow 6 tablets), Similac Prenatal Vitamin + DHA, Rainbow Vitamin World Prenatal Mega Complex, Healthy Mama, Rainbow Light .

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Find a multivitamin with iron, calcium, DHA sourced from algae, as well as with vitamin B12 and zinc.

Nutritionist Picks: Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System will provide you with nice amounts of vitamin B12, zinc, iron, and calcium, however you need additional DHA supplement. Deva Vegan Prenatal is designed for vegans with adequate vitamin B12 and zinc, however, it does not contain DHA and sufficient amounts of calcium or iron, so you will need to ensure your diet can make up the rest, or you will require additional supplements.

Iron Deficiency

If you are iron deficient, vegan, vegetarian or just not a big carnivore, choose a supplement with at least 20 mg of iron to ensure that you’re getting in at least 75% of your iron requirements.

Nutritionist Picks: Similac Prenatal Vitamin + DHA, Deva Vegan Prenatal, Zahler Prenatal, Honest Company Whole Food Prenatal, Nature Made Prenatal, BellyBar Prenatal Chewable Vitamin, Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System , Mommi shake.

Sensitive Stomach

If you have a very sensitive stomach, are not tolerating your current prenatal, and are prone to severe constipation, you may want to try an iron-free supplement. Be sure to up your intake of iron rich foods like beef, lentils and blackstrap molasses.

Nutritionist Picks: VitaFusion, SmartyPants PreNatal, First Response Prenatal

Dairy Free

For those avoiding dairy and milk, pick a supplement with 1,000 mg of calcium to get in your daily fix. There is a cap on how much calcium our bodies can absorb at once, so you will likely need to take 2 pills a day.

Nutritionist Picks: Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System, Vitamin World Prenatal Mega Complex

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is common, especially in NYC, so most mamas-to-be can benefit from some added Vitamin D. If you avoid dairy and sunlight, or are vitamin D deficient (a quick blood test to find out), choose a multi with at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D.

Nutritionist Picks: Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System, SmartyPants PreNatal, Mykind Organics Prenatal, Honest Company Whole Food Prenatal , New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Vitamin

Low DHA Intake

If you not eating fatty fish 3x a week or getting in your fair share of chia seeds and walnuts, choose a supplement with at least 200 mg DHA, an essential nutrient for your growing baby’s brain.

Nutritionist Picks: Similac Prenatal Vitamin + DHA, Spectrum Essentials Prenatal DHA, Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA, Zahler’s Prenatal + DHA, First Response Reproductive Health, Mommi Shake, Nature Made Prenatal + DHA

Probiotics and Prebiotics

While probiotics and prebiotics are not necessities, these gut friendly add-ons can promote digestive health. If you are prone to gas and bloating, steer clear of supplements with prebiotics (though probiotics are still okay), which may be aggravating. If you are buying a supplement with probiotics be mindful of how you store the bottles since probiotics are temperature sensitive. Some prenatal supplements contain laxatives, but because laxatives can cause cramping, it’s best to start with a vitamin without one.

Nutritionist Picks: If you struggle with constipation, choose supplements with probiotics to help with regulation, like Rainbow Light One or Honest Company Whole Food Prenatal.

Pills vs. Alternative Forms

Prenatal multivitamins come in so many forms- softgels, tablets, capsules, chewables, gummies, powders and juice preparations -and this is when want to choose the bottle you are most comfortable with. Some supplements require you to take up to 6 pills per day, so before grabbing a bottle, check what the recommended dosage is. If you are the busy, forgetful type a one-a-day may be a better option. Generally, if you can swallow pills, soft-gels, tablets and capsules are better options since they do not contain the added calories and sugar commonly found in gummies, powders, and juices.

Nutritionist Picks: If you cannot tolerate swallowing big pills, some alternatives are Belly Bar Chewables, Rainbow Light Petite Prenatal(small pill size), drink mixes like Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix, or a prenatal protein shake mix like Mommi Shake.

Please avoid!

There are a few key things you want to avoid when choosing your supplement: artificial colors and flavors (FD&C Red #40, Yellow #6), sugar alcohols (sorbitol, xylitol) and unsubstantiated claims. Over the counter supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, which means they can claim a lot of things without the research to support them.

Ditch the bottles that sound too good to be true, like promises of breast enhancement - you can’t make this stuff up! Many prenatal supplements are made with gelatin, so take note if you avoid gelatin for any specific dietary observances or veganism. And, steer clear of your regular, non-prenatal multivitamins. They may contain mega dosages of certain nutrients, especially vitamin A, which may not be safe for the baby. So, it’s best to stick with a supplement formulated for pregnancy.

Nutritionist No-Nos: Unfortunately, artificial food coloring is commonly found in the lower price point supplements, such as Walgreens Prenatal as One A Day Prenatal. Some prenatal multivitamins contain digestive enzymes, like Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System - while these enzymes are not harmful or dangerous, they may not actually improve your digestion.

Remember, that your body is changing by the week, so keep an open mind. The benefit to having so many options is that there is room to experiment and find what works best for you. Ultimately, while the prenatal multivitamins are important feel confident that you are able to nourish your body and baby with a well balanced, nutritious.

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Pop quiz, mama! How many different types of car seats are there? If you guessed three, you're partially correct. The three main types are rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. But then there are a variety of styles as well: infant car seats, convertible seats, all-in-one seats, high-back booster seats, and backless boosters. If you're not totally overwhelmed yet, keep reading, we promise there's good stuff ahead.

There's no arguing that, in the scheme of your baby and child gear buying lifetime, purchasing a car seat is a big deal! Luckily, Walmart.com has everything you need to travel safely with your most precious cargo in the backseat. And right now, you can save big on top-rated car seats and boosters during Best of Baby Month, happening now through September 30 at Walmart.com.

As if that wasn't enough, Walmart will even take the carseat your kiddos have outgrown off your hands for you (and hook you up with a sweet perk, too). Between September 16 and 21, Walmart is partnering with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. When you bring in an expired car seat or one your child no longer fits into to a participating Walmart store during the trade-in event, you'll receive a $30 gift card to spend on your little one in person or online. Put the money towards a brand new car seat or booster or other baby essentials on your list. To find a participating store check here: www.walmart.com/aboutbestofbabymonth

Ready to shop, mama? Here are the 9 best car seat deals happening this month.


Safety 1st Grow and Go Spring 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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From rear-facing car seat to belt-positioning booster, Grow and Go Sprint's got you covered through childhood. Whether you choose the grey Silver Lake, Seafarer or pink Camelia color palette, you'll love how this model grows with your little one — not to mention how easy it is to clean. The machine-washable seat pad can be removed without fussing with the harness, and the dual cup holders for snacks and drinks can go straight into the dishwasher.

Price: $134 (regularly $149)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Bermuda

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When your toddler is ready to face forward, this versatile car seat can be used as a five-point harness booster, a high-back booster, and a backless booster. Padded armrests, harness straps, and seat cushions provide a comfy ride, and the neutral gray seat pads reverse to turquoise for a stylish new look.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Baby Trend Hybrid Plus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat in Olivia

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Looking for something snazzy, mama? This black and hot pink car seat features a playful heart print on its reversible seat pad and soft harness straps. Best of all, with its 100-pound weight limit and three booster configurations, your big kid will get years of use out of this fashionable design.

Price: $72.00 (regularly $81)

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Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat

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This rear- and forward-facing car seat keeps kids safer, longer with an adjustable five-point harness that can accommodate children up to 65 lbs. To tighten the harness, simply twist the conveniently placed side knobs; the Infinite Slide Harness ensures an accurate fit every time. As for style, we're big fans of the cozy quilted design, which comes in two colorways: grey and magenta or grey and turquoise.

Price: $116 (regularly $149.99)

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Disney Baby Light 'n Comfy 22 Luxe Infant Car Seat

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Outfitted with an adorable pink-and-white polka dot Minnie Mouse infant insert, even the tiniest of travelers — as small as four pounds! — can journey comfortably and safely. This rear-facing design is lightweight, too; weighing less than 15 lbs, you can easily carry it in the crook of your arm when your hands are full (because chances are they will be).

Price: $67.49 (regularly $89.99)

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Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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We know it's hard to imagine your tiny newborn will ever hit 100 lbs, but one day it'll happen. And when it does, you'll appreciate not having to buy a new car seat if you start with this 4-in-1 design! Designed to fit kids up to 120 lbs, it transforms four ways, from a rear-facing car seat to a backless belt-positioning booster. With a 6-position recline and a one-hand adjust system for the harness and headrest, you can easily find the perfect fit for your growing child.

Price: $199.99 (regularly $269.99)

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Graco SlimFit All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

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With its unique space-saving design, this 3-in-1 car seat provides 10% more back seat space simply by rotating the dual cup holders. The InRight LATCH system makes installation quick and easy, and whether you're using it as a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, or a belt-positioning booster, you can feel confident that your child's safe and comfortable thanks to Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness System.

Price: $149.99 (regularly $229.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Platinum XT Infant Car Seat

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Making sure your infant car seat is secure can be tricky, but Graco makes it easy with its one-second LATCH attachment and hassle-free three-step installation using SnugLock technology. In addition to its safety features, what we really love about this rear-facing seat are all of the conveniences, including the ability to create a complete travel system with Click Connect Strollers and a Silent Shade Canopy that expands without waking up your sleeping passenger.

Price: $169.99 (regularly $249.99)

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Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat

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With just one click, you can know whether this rear-facing car seat has been installed properly. Then adjust the base four different ways and use the bubble level indicator to find the proper position. When you're out and about, the rotating canopy with window panel will keep baby protected from the sun while allowing you to keep your eye on him.

Price: $129.99 (regularly $219.99)

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If I ever want to look alive before dropping my son off to school, there are two things I must put on before leaving the house: eyeliner and mascara. When using eyeliner, I typically use black liner on my top lid, a slightly lighter brown for my bottom lid, and then a nude liner for my water line. It works every time.

My mascara routine is a bit different. Because my natural lashes are thin and not the longest, I always opt for the darkest black I can find, and one that's lengthening and volumizing. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. The new mascara is developed in partnership with Drybar (the blow dry bar that specializes in just blowouts) and promises to deliver bold and voluminous lashes all day long. I was sold.

Could this really be the blowout my lashes have been waiting for? It turns out, it was much better than most volumizing formulas I've tried.

For starters, the wand is a great size—it's not too big or small, and it's easy to grip—just like my favorite Drybar round brush. As for the formula, it's super light and infused with biotin which helps lashes look stronger and healthier. I also love that it's buildable, and I didn't notice any clumps or flakes between coats.

The real test is that my lashes still looked great at dinnertime. I didn't have smudges or the dreaded raccoon eyes I always get after a long day at work. Surprisingly, the mascara actually stayed in place. To be fair, I haven't compared them with lash-extensions (which are my new go-to since having baby number two), but I'm sure it will hold up nicely.

Overall, I was very impressed with the level of length and fullness this mascara delivered. Indeed, this is the eyelash blowout my lashes have been waiting for. While it won't give you a few extra hours in bed, you'll at least look a little more awake, mama.

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara
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Here's how I apply IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara:

  1. Starting as close to lash line as possible (and looking down), align the brush against your top lashes. Gradually turn upwards, then wiggle the wand back and forth up and down your eyelashes.
  2. Repeat, if needed. Tip: Be sure to allow the mascara to dry between each coat.
  3. Using the same technique, apply mascara to your bottom lashes, brushing the wand down your eyelashes.
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Having children isn't always as easy as it looks on Instagram. There's so much more to motherhood than serene baby snuggles and matching outfits. But there's a reason we've fallen so deeply in love with motherhood: It's the most beautiful, chaotic ride.

Every single day, we sit back and wonder how something so hard can feel so rewarding. And Eva Mendes just managed to nail the reality of that with one quote.

Eva, who is a mama to daughters Esmerelda and Amada with Ryan Gosling, got real about the messy magic of motherhood in a recent interview.

"It's so fun and beautiful and maddening," the actress tells Access Daily. "It's so hard, of course. But it's like that feeling of…you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, 'We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.'"

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And just like that, moms all over the world feel seen. We've all been there: Struggling to get through the day (which, for the record is often every bit as fun as it is challenging), only to put those babies to sleep and collapse on the couch in sheer exhaustion. But, after you've caught your breath, you realize just how strong and capable you really are.

One thing Eva learned the hard way? That sleep regressions are very, very real...and they don't just come to an end after your baby's first few months. "I guess they go through a sleep regression, which nobody told me about until I looked it up," she says "I was like, 'Why isn't my 3-year-old sleeping?'"

But, at the end of the day, Eva loves her life as a mom—and the fact that she took a break from her Hollywood career to devote her days to raising her girls. "I'm so thankful I have the opportunity to be home with them," she says.

Thank you for keeping it real, Eva! Momming isn't easy, but it sure is worth it.

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My labor and delivery was short and sweet. I started feeling contractions on Monday morning and by Tuesday night at 8:56 pm my handsome baby boy was born. Only 30 minutes of pushing. Afterward, I was still out of it, to be honest. I held him and did some skin to skin and handed him off to my husband, my mother held him next.

When he was in my mother's arms, I knew he was safe. I started to drift off, the epidural had me feeling drowsy and I had used up all my strength to push this 7 lb baby out. My son's eyes were open and then I guess he went to sleep too. My mother swayed him back and forth. The nurses were in and out, cleaning me up and checking in on us.

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When yet another nurse came in, my mom said to her, "He wasn't latching because he wanted to sleep."

The nurse yelled, "He's not sleeping!"

The next 25 minutes happened in slow motion for me.

After the nurse said these words, she flung my son onto the little baby bed. I looked over and he looked a little blue. Then I heard the loud words of CODE PINK. In matters of seconds about 30 nursing staff descended into my room and crowded around my baby.

I couldn't even see what was happening. I tried to get out the bed but they wouldn't let me and after a couple of failed attempts one of the nurses look at me and said, "He's fine, he's breathing now."

Breathing now? He wasn't breathing before? Again, I tried to push my way to my baby, but once again I was told to not move. They had just performed CPR on my 30-minute old newborn and I couldn't understand what was happening even after a pediatrician tried to explain it to me.

I just started crying. He was fine in my stomach for 39 weeks and 6 days and now I bring him into this world and his heart nearly stops?

I was told he needed to go to the neonatal intensive care unit. I was confused, as I thought the NICU was only for preemies and my son was full term.

After what felt like an eternity we were finally allowed to see our son. My husband wheeled me there and we saw him in the corner alone. I saw the incubator and the wires, he's all bundled up.

The nurse explained all the beeping and showed me the heart rate monitor. He's doing fine. We go over the feeding schedule. I'm exhausted still. I stay with him until about 1 or 2 am. They all suggest I get some sleep. There's no bed in the NICU, so I head back to my room.

The next day was better, he doesn't have to be in the incubator anymore, but the wires remain. By that night or early the next morning, the wires in his nose come out and I try feeding him. I try pumping. It was painful.

He gets his first bath and he loves it. The nurse shampoos his hair (he had a lot!) and he seems so soothed. The nurse explains that because he's full term he doesn't need the same type of support in the NICU. She tells me my baby's strong and he'll be fine.

I look around. I see the other babies, the other moms. They could be there for weeks. And unlike me, the moms have to go home—without their baby.

Friday comes and by now he's done all his tests, blood work came back normal, all tubes have been removed and I get it. I get my going-home package. Finally. I get my instructions on doctor follow-ups and we finally get to go home.

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There have been a lot of iconic entertainment magazine covers featuring pregnant women over the years. Who can forget Demi Moore's bare baby bump on Vanity Fair or Britney Spears' similar nude pose on Harper's Bazaar?

Pregnant women on a magazine covers is nothing new, but a visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine, that's a first and it happened this week.

Inc. just put The Wing's CEO Audrey Gelman on the cover and this is a historic moment in publishing and business.

As Gelman told Today this week, "You can't be what you can't see, so I think it's so important for women to see that it's possible to run a fast-growing business and also to start a family."

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She continued: "It's so important to sort of burst that bubble and to have new images of women who are thriving and working professionally while balancing motherhood … My hope is that women see this and again feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family."

The Wing started in 2016 as a co-working space for women and has grown rapidly. As Inc. reports, The Wing has eight locations in the U.S. with plans for more American and international locations by 2020.

Putting Gelman on the cover was an important move by Inc. and Gelman's honesty about her early pregnancy panic ("I can't be pregnant. I have so much to do." she recalls thinking after her pregnancy test) should be applauded.

Gelman says pregnancy made her slow down physically, and that it was actually good for her company: "I had this realization: The way to make my team and my employees feel proud to work for me and for the company was actually not to pretend to be superhuman or totally unaffected by pregnancy."

We need this. We need CEOs to admit that they are human so that corporate leadership can see employees as humans, too. Humans need things like family leave and flexibility, especially when they start raising little humans.

There are a lot of iconic covers featuring pregnant women, but this one is different. She's wearing clothes and she's changing work culture.

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