Advantages Ensuring you get the right amount of vitamins needed for pregnancy, easy to take
Disadvantages Expensive compared to standard folic acid
When I fell pregnant with my twin boys I was overwhelmed with information about how to have a “healthy” pregnancy. As a first time mum I was extremely concerned about doing the “right” thing and read up on every piece of information I could find about having a “healthy” pregnancy. Then when I found out I was expecting (identical twins) and my consultant explained how high risk my pregnancy was I was set on being as healthy as I could be so ensured I took all the advice and throughout that pregnancy took Pregnacare. Now I’m expecting child number 3 I have also been taking Pregnacare.
The Department of Health advise that all women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take a 400mg dose per day of folic acid in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to help ensure normal development in the early development of a baby and to help with the development of a baby’s nervous system and minimise neural tube defects. PregnacarePregnacare has been “expertly developed” and is a formulation of 19 different vitamins and mineral to support the development of an unborn baby. These vitamins include zinc, vitamin D, vitamin E, a low dose of iron and vitamin B12.
Obviously pregnancy puts a strain on a woman’s body as not only does she need vitamins and minerals to keep her healthy, she needs vitamins and minerals to support a growing child. Pregnacare includes these in the recommended doses. Although standard folic acid is advised to be taken by midwives during early pregnancy, B Vitamins are important throughout pregnancy which standard folic acid supplement alones do not help with. This helps to produce extra red blood cells for the baby’s new blood supply. Vitamin E is also another nutrient which supports the growth of vital organs which Pregnacare contains the recommended dietary intake of this (4mg).Women who are breast feeding can also take Pregnacare to ensure they receive the right amount of nutrients each day to pass onto their child via breast milk.
Pregnacare comes in tablet form. This is a reasonably small white tablet to be taken once per day.Pregnacare is sold by a number of retailers in their health section. This includes Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and most chemists. You can also purchase online from Amazon and feelunique.com. The price of the Pregnacare tablets varies significantly and you can get two sized packs. Boots sell a 30 pack (enough for one month’s supply for £5.50) and a 90 pack for £14.
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