Great Hair and Nails. Oh. And Heartburn.

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This post is sponsored by our friends at SmartyPants Vitamins. Thanks for supporting Scratch or Sniff!

Whether you are a super positive person, or more of a realist, we can all agree that pregnancy has a wide array of perks and downsides. Lets just chat about a few, shall we?

Perks:

  • 300 extra calories per day!
  • feeling baby grow and move
  • more rest (supposedly at least)
  • great hair and nails
  • stretchy pant waists
  • nicer strangers
  • shelf for snacks :)

Downsides:

  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • itchy skin
  • more bathroom breaks
  • lack of comfort
  • random people touching you!
  • labor (kind of obvious I know, but it needed to be mentioned)

Great hair and nails. Oh. And heartburn. (prenatal vitamins)

I do have to say that I have been fortunate and having a low-risk, minimal-complaint pregnancy has really been great. First trimester came with the normal exhaustion and nausea but somehow I was never sick when I was running. The Scratch or Sniff crew ran an obstacle 5k back in June (I was about 9 weeks), then I trained for and ran a half-marathon (13.1 miles) at 11 weeks. I had maintained my overall pace pretty well until week 14 or so. Nausea has passed, but I’ve gone from a 9 min/mile pace to a 10:15 min/mile pace. (Part of that is because of having to go to the bathroom every mile and a half. Planning running routes around porta potties is NOT fun.) I keep reminding myself that slow miles are better than no miles and to enjoy running as long as I can!

You know what ISN’T a plus side to pregnancy? PRENATAL VITAMINS. You start to suspect you’re pregnant, so you take the test, super exciting right? Then within a week or two, you start perpetually feeling like you’re going to throw up. All day long. And the doctor is like “Don’t forget to take your vitamins!” Why are they twice the size of my normal multivitamin? And smell weird?!

Then I made the discovery of a lifetime. SmartyPants Prenatal Vitamins. Not only was I able to take them every day without feeling gaggy, but there were days that the citrusy-sweetness actually helped settle my stomach!

That’s not all! Ready for the other amazing points?

  1. L-methylpholate: This is the form of folate that’s most easily used by the body. It is absolutely essential both before and during pregnancy, as it helps your baby’s brain and nervous system develop while reducing the risk of neural tube and other birth defects.
  2. Full Multivitamin: A woman’s diet during pregnancy can be some what unpredictable. This is why it’s important to supplement with a full multivitamin, so you can be sure both you and your baby get all the nutrients you need every day.
  3. Omega 3s: Babies need a lot of omega-3s, particularly DHA and EPA, for their neurological and visual development. But moms need them too! Taking a multivitamin with DHA and EPA helps ensure you have enough of these critical nutrients to share.
  4. Vitamin D3 + B12: Mothers and babies need vitamin D3 to absorb calcium and build strong bones and teeth, while B12 helps promote mental and emotional wellbeing and produce your growing baby’s DNA and RNA.

Another huge bonus? For all of our friends with allergies, SmartyPants are free of wheat, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, soy, mustard, sesame and shellfish.

Add all of this up. Delicious, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, free of major allergens, many of the supplements you need AND the fact that SmartyPants partners with Vitamin Angels to help at-risk children get the nutrients they need. This equals all of the amazing-ness in a vitamin you could possibly ask for!

Now if only they would make their running tank in maternity sizes…..

This post was sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. Not just the post though. Our children not only love SmartyPants, but beg for extra vitamins daily. We also love them since we can vouch for the fact that they are free of soy, wheat, milk, sesame, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, corn and egg!

Alayna Wetherhead

Alayna Wetherhead lives in Connecticut with her husband and son who totally thinks he's a superhero. She likes running, making cookies out of chick peas, is a Yankee fan by marriage, and gets a high out of seeing her grocery total after coupons. She also has an Instagram you can follow.

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