Choosing the right prenatal vitamin is one of the most important things a pregnant woman can do. However, this can sometimes be difficult. According to mayoclinic.org, there are a lot of reasons why a person should take them, and there are also a lot of reasons why choosing the right one is important. In addition, while many women can access Prenatal vitamins over-the-counter, those who are unsure of which one to choose should speak to their doctor.
Healthcare professionals can point their patients in the right direction when it comes to antenatal care. However, there are some very helpful tips that women can use when purchasing over-the-counter prenatal vitamins. According to carepointhealth.org, it is important that pregnant women find one that contains folic acid. In fact, folic acid is so important that some people think it can be useful for babies if it is put in flour. There are also other important ingredients that one should look for in a prenatal as well. According to what to expect.com, iron is one of those ingredients. In addition, so is iodine.
Finding the right prenatal (and postnatal) vitamin is not always an easy task. However, one company made it a little easier. Perelel is the first wellness brand founded by OB / GYN that claims to offer prenatal and postnatal vitamins and supplements to pregnant women. The brand was founded by Victoria âToriâ Thain Gioia, Alex Taylor and Gioia’s OB / GYN, Dr Banafsheh Bayati. BabyGaga recently had the chance to speak with each of them about Perelel, and the importance of finding the right prenatal vitamins.
Kirstie Landry for Babygaga: Perelel offers vitamins and pre and postnatal supplements specific to each stage. Can you explain what this means?
Perelel: Perelel vitamins are designed to grow with you throughout your maternity journey. We only offer high quality bioavailable ingredients in doses recommended by doctors. Each Perelel Pack contains nutrition targeted to your exact phase: preconception, 1st, 2nd, 3rd trimester, postpartum and beyond because each stage of pregnancy is different from each other. The first trimester requires different nutrients compared to the following trimesters, just as the preconception and postpartum stages also have different nutritional needs. Because we are a company founded by OB / GYN, we are able to fully understand each stage of reproduction and develop products suitable for each.
Babygaga: The brand also claims to offer moms a supportive community. Can you clarify how this is done? What do you think women can gain from having a vitamin-driven community like this?
Perelel: Perelel is more than just a brand to use when you are getting pregnant, in full pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Perelel is a community of supportive moms, doctors and friends that enables women to feel a connection during a beautiful but difficult time in their lives. This is achieved through a private Facebook group community for our subscribers and also curated content delivered via email weekly. We also use our Instagram to spark interesting conversations around motherhood. From ongoing, dynamic consumer touchpoints and expert panel content to personalized vitamins and supplements, we’ve created the ultimate destination for women, from conception to postpartum and beyond.
Additionally, by having a community to build on, women can use Perelel not only to gain knowledge about their prenatal, postnatal and pregnancy health, but also gain access to a group of people who can relate to their needs. experiences. The Perelel community is a one-stop-shop for everything a woman may need to feel their best mentally and physically during pregnancy.
Babygaga: Victoria and Alex, what inspired you both to create this brand?
Tori: In January 2019, I was shaken when I learned that my daughter was going to be born with a cleft lip. As a worried mother, I wanted to understand better, so I turned to my OB, Dr Banafsheh Bayati. Together, we learned that this particular type of cleft was associated with folic acid deficiency, which was a puzzling finding given that I had taken prenatal vitamins that contained folic acid throughout my pregnancy.
After further research, I learned that 40-60% of women have a common genetic mutation, the MTHFR variant, which prevents them from converting folic acid into folate, the format that your body can use. I also learned that an increase in folate intake during the first seven weeks of pregnancy was crucial, which crystallized the fact that a one-size-fits-all approach to prenatal pregnancies was not the right one. The last piece of this puzzle was the connection with Alex, another mother who was struggling with her own prenatal diet and searching for answers.
Alexander: During my first pregnancy, I spent hours going through research that confirmed the importance of dosing supplement doses at each stage of pregnancy, and started getting vitamins on a long-term basis. and expensive that even went against my own personal sustainability principles. Tori and I then discovered that we were both going through difficult, but different, experiences with our prenatal care and decided to create a new parenting solution that offered more than a one-size-fits-all approach.
Recognizing that we had no medical background and wanted our products to be backed by a doctor, Tori and I called on her OB Dr. Banafsheh Bayati as a medical co-founder. to inform the specific nutrient formulations that would be needed to meet the health needs of mother and baby at each stage of pregnancy. From preconception to postpartum and beyond, we have seen the great importance, the opportunity, and ability to optimize additional needs and deliver educational content based on exactly where women are in their maternity journey.
Babygaga: How are postnatal vitamins different from prenatal vitamins?
Perelel: Our postnatal vitamins are specially formulated for this: postpartum and up to five years after birth. Like all of our other vitamin packs, the Mom Multi Pack contains a Multivitamin and Omega DHA + EPA, but it also contains two additional supplements targeted specifically for new moms: We have added a Beauty Blend to support healthy hair, hair and skin. skin and nails. with an incredible blend of stress support that supports emotional balance.
Babygaga: Dr Banafsheh Bayati, why is it important for a woman to have the right prenatal vitamin that meets her specific needs during pregnancy? What advice can you give women to help them find the right one for them?
Dr Bayati: It is generally assumed that all vitamins are the same and that one vitamin can be suitable for all of them. However, just as every woman is unique in her health needs, so too is her pregnancy. Women will experience different symptoms at different stages of their pregnancy. For example, many women experience nausea early in pregnancy, which limits their ability to tolerate many vitamins. Therefore, we include a B6 + Ginger blend in the 1st trimester pack which can help relieve this nausea, and then include additional supplements such as a calcium + magnesium blend in the subsequent trimesters which would be difficult to tolerate from the start.
Additionally, for women who experience extreme nausea, taking vitamins can make it worse. The great thing about our packs is that in those times, women could just take the two extra supplements (folate and the B6 + Ginger blend) to cover their basic needs until they were able to add more to the complete pack.
I would recommend that pregnant women take their own health needs into consideration and ask their doctor what specific vitamins are best for them. Learning about the basic needs for each stage of pregnancy is the best way to ensure that you are getting the right nutrients from your prenatal vitamin regimen. With our highly targeted packs for each trimester, we aim to make it a very simple and transparent process for mothers.
Babygaga: How can moms stay physically healthy so they can focus on their mental health during times of stress?
Perelel: Pregnancy is a unique journey for everyone and every mom experiences it so differently, especially in the face of the myriad of different stresses that can arise with baby’s health or yours. While pregnancy and parenthood come with great times, it can also be incredibly stressful, and it feels different to each parent and has many different stages. Whether you can find a respite through exercise, meditation, or an entire TV series, it’s so important to make self-care a priority so that you can take better care of your baby. We believe that a happy mom makes a happy baby, so whatever you need to do to take care of yourself will make you a better mom and provide your baby with a healthier experience.
Tori, Alex, and Dr Bayati, thank you for speaking with us and explaining why choosing the right prenatal and postnatal vitamins is so important.
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