I began taking prenatal vitamins long before I conceived either of my pregnancies. Prior to starting a prenatal vitamin, I also started taking folic acid supplements about two years before my husband and I even considered trying to conceive? Why? Because folic acid and the other vitamins and minerals found in the best prenatal vitamins are essential to the healthy growth of a new baby. Furthermore, many of these nutrients take a bit of time to build up to the proper amount in the body of the mommy-to-be. I wanted to make sure I was doing everything possible that I could to ensure a healthy pregnancy with a positive outcome. Plus, popping one little vitamin every day is easy, so why would I pass up the opportunity to do something so great that was also so easy? However, buying prenatals each month can get costly. So, I wondered, are there any free prenatal vitamins available?
Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. For a woman who has a specific nutritional need, prescription prenatals might be the way to go. However, just as over-the-counter prenatal vitamins cost money, so too do prescribed supplements. In most cases. But, as I learned from my nurse practitioner, Meijer offers a great program that provides women with free prenatal vitamins with a prescription. In my book, the best prenatal vitamins are also free prenatal vitamins! So, last September, I stopped buying my prenatals from Walmart and instead started getting free prenatal vitamins from Meijer. All I needed was a prescription. No other questions asked.
Getting free prenatal vitamins from Meijer is not only a great cost saving decision, but free prenatals from the store are also easy. My nurse practitioner wrote me a prescription with enough refills to last me for an entire pregnancy. Even thought I lost my first pregnancy, I continued getting my free prenatals and took one daily. Now that I am pregnant again, all I need to do when I run out of refills is to call my nurse practitioner (or my new nurse midwife) and ask for a new prescription. How easy is that?!
Prenatal vitamins are so important to take not only during a pregnancy but before and after as well. To any woman out there who is pregnant or who is considering getting pregnant, I highly recommend she talk to a medical professional who can write you a prescription for free prenatal vitamins from Meijer. In addition to free prenatals, the best prenatal vitamins are also just the ones that a woman takes before, during, and after pregnancy. So, pop that pill! And let me also give a big thanks to Meijer. Thank you, Meijer, for my free prenatal vitamins!
Where else can you get prenatal vitamins for free? Feel free to share your tips in the comments.
Prenatal Vitamins from Meijer © 2015 Heather Johnson