Eight capsules may seem like a lot, especially compared to many other prenatal supplements on the market, but there are a few important reasons for this protocol. FullWell Prenatal contains more choline, magnesium, and calcium than most prenatal options. These three critical nutrients are necessary for pregnancy, but it can be difficult to reach healthy thresholds in our diet. In fact, approximately 90%–95% of pregnant women consume less choline than the Adequate Intake (AI) levels. Our mission in creating FullWell Prenatal was not to compromise on the amounts, forms, or quality of the nutrients we know are critical for fertility health. And the good news: FullWell Prenatal is made to be very well-tolerated and can be taken in divided doses, or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.
PRO TIP: You can open and mix capsules into a smoothie or cool beverage; discuss this option with your health practitioner.
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It’s by careful design. Iron needs and tolerance vary significantly by individual. Getting enough iron is critical for a healthy pregnancy, and iron needs to increase as a pregnancy progresses. But not all women will need to supplement with iron to keep their levels in a healthy range, and it may be best to match the form and dose of iron to your specific needs. Because of this, we suggest that you monitor your iron status with your healthcare practitioner and if you do need supplemental iron, take it separately in appropriate doses at their recommendation. This will help avoid unnecessary digestive distress or result in consuming too much or too little iron overall.
We have carefully calibrated our levels based on a combination of the best available evidence, safety, and ability of the body to absorb the nutrient. In fact, the percent daily values set may not align with typical recommendations on the amount of the nutrient needed during pregnancy, either because a level has not been reliably established, or because it is based on outdated RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) levels. The amount of the nutrient that can be absorbed by an average, healthy person may also be limited by normal factors affecting digestive health. (For example, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral vitamin B-12 supplement is actually absorbed by healthy people. It is less than that in individuals with gastrointestinal diseases.) In cases where the amount of the nutrient exceeds the RDA, it has been safe at the level included.
We believe the stability of DHA is compromised when mixed into a multivitamin. There is also a strong benefit to taking both DHA and EPA together. So while DHA is essential for a healthy pregnancy, we recommend that you talk to your healthcare practitioner about taking stable, high-quality fish oil or algae supplements separately while also making sure your diet has appropriate levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Yes, the forms of B vitamins included in our formula were strategically selected for their ability to be bioavailable and well-tolerated.
Vitamin D is critical for optimal fertility, fetal development, and for preventing pregnancy complications. A double-blind, randomized clinical trial found Vitamin D supplementation of 4,000 IU/day for pregnant women safe and the most effective way to achieve sufficiency in all women and their babies regardless of race or climate (even the sunniest climates).
Hollis BW, Johnson D, Hulsey TC, Ebeling M, Wagner CL. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: Double-blind, randomized clinical trial of safety and effectiveness. J Bone Miner Res. 2011;26:2341–57.
The capsules are a standard 00 size.
Folate, vitamin B-12, and in particular, vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) can cause urine to change to a bright yellow, almost fluorescent hue. These vitamins are water-soluble and you are excreting what your body is not using. Higher levels of these safe and soluble vitamins in the prenatal formula ensure that you do get what you need of these important nutrients (as some will always be lost to the urine). This is not harmful in any way.
FullWell is manufactured in New Jersey, in an FDA, GMP, and UL-certified facility.
For unopened bottles, the shelf-life is three years from the manufacture date. There is no need to refrigerate your FullWell vitamins, but we do recommend storing them in a cool, dry place.
We test every batch independently, and, as always, we are happy to share our most up-to-date COA upon request. Please get in touch through our contact form.