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Stuart Prenatal is an over-the-counter (OTC) prenatal vitamin that is specifically designed for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Before taking this product, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have anemia or any allergies. These vitamins come in the form of a tablet and are taken once a day. Possible side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.
What Is Stuart Prenatal?
Stuart Prenatal® is a prenatal vitamin that is available without a prescription. It is also available as Stuart Prenatal + DHA®, which contains the standard prenatal vitamins and minerals in combination with the omega-3 fatty acids in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Prenatal vitamins contain vitamins and minerals, and are specifically designed for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How Does Stuart Prenatal Work?
Stuart Prenatal vitamins contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. These vitamins and minerals are similar to those found in most multivitamins. However, Stuart Prenatal contains more of certain vitamins and minerals.
In particular, Stuart Prenatal contains 800 mcg of folic acid (compared to 400 mcg for most multivitamins), which can help to prevent certain birth defects. This is probably enough for most pregnant women, although it is slightly less than the amount found in most prescription prenatal vitamins, which have 1000 mcg, or 1 mg.
Stuart Prenatal also contains iron, a little calcium, and various other vitamins and minerals. You may need to take extra calcium, which is the case with all prenatal vitamins, as calcium is a bulky mineral (the prenatal vitamins would be too large), and is best taken two or three times a day.
Stuart Prenatal + DHA contains fish oil, which provides DHA, EPA, and other omega-3 fatty acids. There is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely), improve brain function, and improve vision in babies.
Fish are the main source of DHA, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in DHA. Additionally, because many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish (due to the potential risks of mercury toxicity), it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough DHA.