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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.

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 .

Vegan

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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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.


Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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