Bellamins is formulated in three unique formulas that change as the needs of pregnancy change. The concept of prenatal vitamins formulated differently for every trimester is a new one. Until now, prenatals came in a "one formula fits all" concoction. But the research on prenatal nutrients shows very different effects on both baby and mother based on which trimester the nutrients are taken.
Bellamins addresses these changing needs with formulas adapted for each trimester to deliver optimal nutrients to moms and babies when they need it most.
As a baby is forming, it's amazing what has to happen at exactly the right time. The process of becoming a new human being is incredible and miraculous. The foundation a baby lays down during pregnancy becomes the body it will have for the rest of its life. Babies rely heavily on the nutrients they are given to build bodies that are strong and healthy. Different systems form and mature at different times, so the nutrients needed for support also change along the way. For example, there are very important nutrients that most prenatals contain in high doses to help prevent birth defects during the first trimester. However, as pregnancy progresses, the same high doses of these nutrients have been linked with an increase in some issues like asthma and even autism.
Bellamins adjusts nutrients as the pregnancy progresses to give babies the right support as they build each brand new system in their body, including all ten fingers and all ten toes.
A woman's body also responds differently to nutrients throughout her pregnancy. For example, there are nutrients in a typical prenatal vitamin that can cause nausea if taken in the first trimester - and aren't necessary until the second or third trimester, when most morning sickness has subsided. It just makes sense for a woman to wait to take these nutrients until her body needs them and can more comfortably handle them.
At Bellamins, we looked at every single nutrient to make sure that each source was the absolute best available, and each dose was the right amount, at the right time.
Why would typical prenatal vitamins approach pregnancy with a "one formula fits all" mentality? We can only guess, but perhaps it has to do with the people who are behind most prenatal vitamin brands. Are they looking at maximizing profits, which means cutting corners when it comes to ingredients? Do they even care about keeping up with the latest research? Do they truly value and understand the women who trust them?
Unfortunately, the majority of prenatal vitamins are just multivitamins with bumped-up doses of cheap synthetic ingredients. Natural sources of ingredients are available, and absolutely worth it, but they are not inexpensive. To make up for this, some companies will put dust made from dehydrated fruits and vegetables in their formulas so they can include it in the ingredient list and call it "whole food." But would you eat a pinch of dried-up dust from a beet and feel confident that you received significant nutrition from it? Of course not. When you see a long list of "whole food powders," consider how much whole food will actually fit in the pills they are serving you.
Bellamins was not created by someone in a corporate office looking for a way to make a buck. Bellamins was created by a woman whose calling is to support other women. A woman who has attended over 100 births as a caregiver and who has dedicated herself to helping women understand nutritional choices in pregnancy. A woman who has been pregnant herself, who has experienced morning sickness, fertility issues, and the pain of miscarriage. She has squinted at pregnancy tests in the sunlight and has felt the swirling emotions from seeing that extra blue line appear. And she knows what it's like to be instantly in love with the new life signaled by those 2 blue lines.
She knows what it's like to live life counting down milestones. Counting down the 2 week wait to the 12 week mark, and then counting down to finally feeling those first butterfly flutters of movement a month or two later. She knows the relief of realizing "If my baby came today, my baby would likely survive." She knows what it's like to touch her belly and worry about her baby being okay. She has wondered about eye color, gender, and personality. And she knows what it's like to wait those last long weeks, wondering which day she will forever celebrate as her baby's birthday.
And she also knows that her own daughter, a remarkable and beautiful young woman with special needs, would have benefited so much from a vitamin system like Bellamins - and she grieves that she wasn't able to give that to her.
The woman who created this company truly cares about every mother, mother-to-be, and baby who crosses her path. She refused to compromise when she created this system. She spent 7 years collaborating with the best minds in medicine, nutrition, and midwifery to create these blends. And she worked with the finest formulators in the country to make sure that exactly the right nutrients were delivered to moms and babies at exactly the right times.
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