Nutrition for Expecting Moms – a Comprehensive Guide!

Nutrition for Expecting Moms – a Comprehensive Guide!

If you’re pregnant or planning to be, you’re probably paying close attention to your food, drink, and supplements. You’re asking questions, doing research online, and gaining new perspectives on what it means to nourish yourself and your baby. You’re also aware of things you don’t want in your body.


New Chapter® is here with you on your motherhood journey. In this guide, we’ll walk through popular vitamins and supplements for new moms. We’ll take a closer look at why some nutrients are so essential. We’ve even put together a free e-book so you can keep crucial info at your fingertips!

Why Take Supplements During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, your body needs more of certain nutrients . The vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3s you consume during pregnancy are part of your baby’s building blocks for growth. Targeted prenatal supplements can help ensure you’re getting these on the regular! Many expecting women decide to take prenatal supplements for peace of mind, knowing their and their babies’ nutritional needs are being addressed. (Check with your healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine.)

What are Prenatal Vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins are special support for women who are pregnant or planning to be. For example, a good prenatal multivitamin is formulated with carefully selected vitamins and minerals that are researched for supporting healthy pregnancy and fetal development. Advanced Perfect Prenatal™ is New Chapter®’s complete prenatal multivitamin made with organic vegetables and herbs. This well-absorbed 3-a-day formula delivers critical nutrients to support healthy pregnancy and fetal development, including fermented Iron and Methylfolate (the most active form of Folate).* It’s lovingly designed with organic Ginger to ease morning sickness.* Looking for a super-convenient prenatal in just 1 tablet a day? Try our One Daily Prenatal or One Daily Prenatal 35+ that has higher levels of certain nutrients for moms over 35.


If you’re not yet pregnant,  prenatal vitamins can still be helpful. If you’re trying to conceive or could become pregnant, taking a regular prenatal multivitamin can provide key nutrients to support your baby right from Day 1, particularly Folate for healthy development of the brain and spinal cord.*

Which Nutrients are Most Important During Pregnancy?

Because you care so much about nurturing this growing life, you are probably already doing your best to eat wisely. In general, it’s recommended to eat a variety of healthy foods to support your body and your growing baby. Look for foods rich in Folate, Iron, Calcium, Choline,  Omega-3s, and protein. Also, stay hydrated! Make a point to drink water throughout the day (don’t wait until you feel thirsty).


With New Chapter supplements for moms , you can rest easy knowing your prenatal nutrition is crafted with excellent quality ingredients and rigorously tested for purity, potency, and identity. You and your baby can count on our ingredients to support your wellness! We’ve got you covered with supplements that deliver vitamins, minerals, and Omegas you need for pregnancy. These include Iron, D3, Choline, and DHA & EPA.

Important Nutrients for Pregnancy

Key prenatal nutrient What it does Why you’ll love New Chapter’s
Iron Helps transport oxygen to your baby during pregnancy* Our fermented Iron is non-constipating and easy to digest
Vitamin D3 Supports healthy development of bones and teeth* Our prenatal multis deliver over 100% Daily Value of fermented Vitamin D3
Folate/Methylfolate Supports healthy brain and spinal cord development* We include Methylfolate, the most active form of Folate, in all our prenatal vitamins
B Vitamins Support cellular energy production* Our prenatal multis are rich in all 8 B Vitamins
Iodine Supports the mother’s healthy thyroid during pregnancy* Our prenatal multis deliver the recommended 150 mcg Iodine in each dose
Choline Essential nutrient for babies during pregnancy* Our One Daily Prenatals deliver Choline to help round out your healthy diet
Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA) Supports baby’s healthy eye and brain development* Our planet-friendly Omegas are from whole-food Wild Alaskan Salmon or potent vegan microalgae

What is Folic Acid?

Folic Acid is a B Vitamin that is considered crucial for healthy fetal development. It’s so important for a mom-to-be to take Folic Acid. In fact, it’s recommended to take daily Folic Acid and eat foods that provide Folate before you even conceive. This way your baby can get a steady supply right from the start–even before you know you’re pregnant! Have you heard about  Folate or Methylfolate in addition to Folic Acid? The general term for Vitamin B9 is Folate, and one of its highly bioavailable forms is Methylfolate, which can be found in some prenatal supplements. Be sure to read labels to check which type of Folate is in your prenatal supplement.

Herbal Supplements During Pregnancy

While some herbs are a no-no during pregnancy and breastfeeding, there are many helpful herbs for women who are expecting. One of our favorites is Ginger, which has been clinically studied to help reduce nausea related to pregnancy (sometimes called morning sickness… though it can happen at any time of day).* All of New Chapter’s prenatal multivitamins are formulated with Ginger to help soothe the stomach and relieve nausea.* We also include complementary herbs in our pregnancy formula blends, such as organic Broccoli sprouts and organic Raspberries in Advanced Perfect Prenatal.

Nutrition AFTER Pregnancy

Why take a postnatal


So, what about nutrition for moms with new babies, whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? During these precious first months together after birth, you and your baby are adjusting to your new normal. Your body has unique nutritional needs postpartum, especially if you're breastfeeding. You’re springing back from pregnancy, and likely dealing with some fatigue that comes from taking care of an infant. Just keep taking care of yourself and your own wellness as much as you can! Eat a variety of healthy foods each day, including whole grains, colorful fruits and veggies, and lean proteins. When it comes to supplements, it could be time to switch up your multivitamin and go from prenatal support to postnatal support . New Chapter’s Perfect Postnatal™ multivitamin is formulated specifically for new and nursing moms, with benefits for mood, energy, lactation, immune, and thyroid support.*


You’ve Got This, New Mama

Motherhood is an amazing and challenging job. New Chapter is here to help with excellent quality nutrition for you and your baby. We work hard to make it easy for you to get what you need! It’s something we call wellness, well done. 

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