Recently, I was thinking back to a conversation I overheard between my wife and then nine-year old son. She was explaining to him how amazing it was to be pregnant; to feel her body grow and change week after week to support a whole new life. His response was, “I’m glad I’m a boy!” While I think he may have missed the point, that conversation always reminds me of the importance of prenatal nutrition.

Most moms-to-be are aware of the importance of a prenatal multivitamin. But I can’t understand why so many prenatals are made with inferior ingredients. Nicole Gould, RD, LD (and mother of two) sums it up best when she states, “It’s frustrating. In many cases, the first time a woman takes a multi is when she’s pregnant - and then it’s loaded with hard to digest forms of iron and calcium, not to mention dyes and fillers, all of which can make common problems like nausea and constipation worse.” A prenatal is so important, why not make it the best it can be?

That’s why I’m such a fan of New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal. It delivers pregnancy-essentials including D3, Iron and Folate. Plus, because all the nutrients are from non-gmo organic cultured whole food, you can count on zero-stomach upset or iron related constipation. Perhaps most telling, two of VC moms –registered dietitian Nicole and health assistant Donia, chose to take Perfect Prenatal when pregnant.

Finally, nutritional support doesn’t end with delivery. If you’re a new mom, please ask about New Chapter’s Perfect Postnatal. This multivitamin provides whole food support for red blood cell production, energy and lactation.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.