1. Should I take Beli for Men even if I don't have sperm issues?
Yes! Even if you have a healthy sperm count, we strongly recommend taking Beli for Men. Before fertilization occurs, both the sperm and the egg need to be healthy. Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to risk factors around fertility, miscarriage, birth defects, sperm health, egg health and the future health of your baby. Nutrition optimization for both of you is essential.
2. How should I take my prenatal? Do I take all the vitamins at once or throughout the day?
This is a great question, especially if you’re navigating morning sickness. And we have good news. You can take Beli however it works for you! For women, a serving size is a very doable three capsules. For men, it’s just two. You’re welcome to take them with or without food (even broken up in food if that’s easier), and if you want to split them up so you’re taking your vitamins in the morning and at night, that’s fine too. The goal, of course, is getting a full serving every day, but how you manage that is entirely up to you. The guys have it pretty easy here, but ladies, we’re all too familiar with morning sickness, so you do you!
3. We’re trying to have a baby! Should we both be taking prenatal vitamins? And when should we start?
First, congrats to you! And second, you should absolutely both start taking prenatal vitamins. If a baby is the plan at any time in the next few years, the time to start is now.
Prenatals need a little time to do their job properly, and the recommended window is between six to three months before you hope to conceive. Key micronutrients are linked to the processes that drive conception in both men and women, and a good prenatal vitamin will ensure that both partners are getting exactly what they need to optimize their fertility. For women, the right nutrients can reduce the chances of miscarriage, trigger ovulation, and improve egg quality. For men, they help ensure optimal sperm quality across every parameter.
4. How quickly does Beli for Men begin improving sperm and boosting fertility?
For Beli to do its thing, men should begin taking it at least three months before they hope to conceive with a partner. That’s because while men produce millions of sperm every day, the maturation process takes about three months. A man’s health during this timeframe directly influences the quality of that developing sperm. You want to ensure you’re getting all the right nutrients during this time to help ensure that sperm motility, morphology, and other parameters indicating sperm quality are optimized.
6. Can I take Beli if we’re going through fertility treatments/IVF?
If you’re undergoing fertility treatments or IVF, yes, you can take Beli. And more to the point, both you and your partner should. Here’s the bottom line — stronger, healthier sperm means a better chance of a successful conception. While there are a lot of reasons for poor sperm quality, research is clear that lifestyle and nutrition can play a significant role in turning that around. In addition to minimizing stress, eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and getting more sleep, rounding things out with key nutrients is smart.
7. Can I take Beli for Women before I’m pregnant, or if I’m on birth control? When should I start taking Beli?
Yes and yes! While a woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have, those eggs are technically precursor cells. In order to be ready for fertilization, human eggs go through a crazy complex growth process in an ovary follicle that takes around three months. A steady stream of important nutrients during this growth period means better egg quality. And since you can’t predict how long it’ll take to get pregnant, and you won’t even realize you’ve conceived for at least a few weeks, it’s a good idea to hedge your bets and get started early. The preconception window is that three to six-month period before conception, so the best time to start a prenatal vitamin is when you decide you want to have a baby in the near future.
We have an entire post about the importance of taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin while you’re on hormonal birth control, but we’ll share the highlights here. A little-known side effect of hormonal birth control is that it depletes specific nutrients in the body, and it’s really important to replenish those nutrients if you’re planning to have a baby. Along with eating a nutritious diet, supplementing wisely — with a great prenatal vitamin, for example — is really helpful for keeping your nutrient stores properly stocked.
8. What makes Beli for Women different from other prenatals?
Think of all the things that matter in a prenatal vitamin. Safety, purity, efficacy, quality — these things are as important to us as they are to you. That’s why we took a scientific approach in formulating Beli for Women. It’s one of the few prenatals on the market meeting current recommendations for choline, folate, vitamin D, magnesium, and iodine. We use the cleanest, highest-quality, most bioavailable, non-GMO ingredients available, and all of our prenatal vitamins are manufactured in cGMP facilities.
Beli is in it for the long haul — our vitamins are designed to fully support you through all five stages of pregnancy, from preconception to postnatal. We kept serving size in mind, so a daily dose is a very manageable three pills. Plus, our prenatals are formulated with a soothing minty essence that’s gentle on your stomach.
It’s simple, really. Prenatals have one job. Our job is making sure your prenatal vitamin is doing it right.
9. Should I keep taking prenatal vitamins after my baby is born? What if I’m not breast-feeding?
Whether you’re breast-feeding or not, your body needs lots of support after creating an entire little person. So keep up with the prenatal vitamins! The postpartum stage is, in a word, nuts, and your body is in serious recovery mode. Since it’s challenging just to get dressed or shower when you have a newborn, eating well can feel impossible. A good prenatal vitamin like Beli for Women will help fill nutritional gaps to help you recover, and it will also support breast-feeding if you’re doing that.
One more thing — studies have found that continued supplementation after birth doesn’t just benefit you. They directly benefit your baby, too. That’s particularly true of choline and iodine. A breastfeeding mama’s needs for these two nutrients in particular increases, and adequate amounts have been shown to improve your baby’s growth. In other words – keep on with those prenatals!
10. Can your prenatal help minimize morning sickness?
Yes, and there are a few reasons why. If the issue is simply getting the prenatal vitamins down, because of morning sickness-induced nausea or gagging, Beli can be a good choice. Our no-nausea blend includes vitamins B12 and B6, which has been shown to calm nausea and relax the digestive system. We use superior forms of choline and chelated iron, which are both easier on the stomach. Many women find the minty essence of our capsules soothing on sensitive tummies, so that’s another bonus. Finally, a daily serving of Beli for Women is three capsules, but you can spread that out however it works for you. You’re welcome to take all three or split them up in the morning and evening. Check out our blog post for more details on the my-prenatal-vitamin-is-making-me-sick scenario.
11. How do your subscriptions work?
If you’re trying to conceive, pregnant, or navigating the postpartum stage, you’ve got enough on your plate, so our subscription is designed to be as easy as possible:
- You can pause, skip, cancel or edit at any time
- Shipping is free, and your prenatals are shipped fresh to your door every month
- HSA/FSA eligible
We’re also proud to offer a happiness guarantee, with full refunds within the 30 days of purchase if it's just not working out. If you have an issue, we’re here to fix it.
12. Do I need to supplement with vitamin D if I’m taking Beli?
Given the fact that many women taking prenatal vitamins are still short on vitamin D, this is a great question. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “It is unlikely your prenatal vitamin provides enough vitamin D. A recent study found women taking 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily had the greatest benefits in preventing preterm labor/births and infections.” Fortunately, that’s not the case for anyone taking Beli for Women.
Our women’s prenatal vitamin is formulated to deliver the nutrients proven by research to be critical for mom and baby, and we followed the latest guidelines and recommendations for the right amounts of each and every one. That APA recommendation of 4,000 IU based on current research? We read the same studies and data, and then we upped our amounts to 100mcg—the equivalent of the recommended 4,000 IU—to ensure Beli is doing its job. The average prenatal vitamin has 400 IU of vitamin D, which means you need additional supplementation. And to us, that defeats the purpose of your prenatal vitamin in the first place. Want to know more? Check out our blog post covering this topic in depth.
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