An excellent "Shaklee alternative" would be 2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron and 2 tablets of B-Complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects. Because Shaklee found that folic acid is often trapped in the interior of the majority of supplements, they developed a unique, patented process for incorporating folic acid into the coating of their B Complex & Vita Lea. A clinical study shows that this formulation greatly improves the bioavailability of folic acid.
For women who do not drink milk or eat the recommended number of servings of dairy foods the addition of 2-4 tablets of OsteoMatrix can help meet needs for calcium, vitamin D and other bone health nutrients. Adequate calcium is critical to prevent bone density loss of the mother and future osteoporosis.
To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA) 2 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development.
It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional iron beyond 18 mg found in 2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron (if approved for use), therefore if necessary 1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C.
And lastly, a serving of Shaklee 180 Smoothee prepared as directed, and used as part of healthy breakfast or midday snack provides a mother and her growing fetus with an additional 270 calories, 24 grams of high quality protein and 6 grams of fiber. We suggest discussing all supplements with the obstetrician.