“ Brand: Sanatogen / Type: Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements „
For new parents who plan to have a baby, reading lots of magazines and books on conception and pregnancy quenches a thirst for knowledge to make sure you are prepared and doing everything right. One piece of advice that is very important is taking folic acid. This is important for a babies development in the womb and health professionals will always ask expectant mums whether they have been taking it and for how long. It is recommended that it is taken 3 months before conception and throughout pregnancy.
You can get folic acid tablets on there own, I know Holland and Barrett sell them as I have brought these in the past. Then I discovered Sanatogen do these tablets that are also a multivitamin pill. The packaging states each tablet contains 18 vitamins and minerals including folic acid and call them 'mother to be'. The nutritional information list includes vitamin D,E,C,B1,B2,B6,B12, iron,zinc,copper and niacin amongst others. The folic acid in each tablet is your full daily recommended amount of 400mg. I'm not sure if this is a good idea for it to be the full amount as I eat a lot of green vegetables such as broccoli so am possibly going over the recommend amount. One massive plus I have found is since taking these multivitamins is I have noticed a significant drop in the amount of colds etc that I use to pick especially around the winter/Christmas period. Once I don't need folic acid I will convert to taking Sanatogen multi vitamins.
The packaging is very striking with a pink screw top lid that needs squeezing when turning but not as child safe as medication tablet bottles, worth noting if you already have children! There is a picture on the front of a pregnant women and its immediately obviously on a chemist shelf what these are for and easily spotted. They come in various different bottle sizes. The one I have at the moment is the one in the picture on Dooyoo that comes with a bottle of 'mother to be' and a bottle of 'omega 3 ' tablets. There were on offer and wouldn't of bothered with the omega 3 otherwise as I eat a lot of fish. The omega 3 is for the babies brain and eye development and in each of the 2 bottles you get 30 tablets. One to be taken with your main meal each day.
The tablets themselves are quite a size to swallow compared with the contraceptive pill so if you find it hard to take tablets I would stick with finding just folic acid tablets as these are very small without all the other ingredients in them. .
For all you men thinking these pills are sexist Sanatogen has also brought out a father to be tablet that my husband takes!
Also they have brought out a 'new mother' tablet for breast feeding. The original 'mother to be' tablet use to be for after pregnancy as well but have obviously decided to distinguish between the 2 different needs for mum.
Overall for me they are piece of mind I'm giving our new baby the best start before they are even born.
Priced at approx £12 depending on where you buy and what offers are on e.g. boots often do a 3 for 2 on vitamins. Available in many chemists and supermarkets.
As I am currently trying for a baby I am taking care of my health a bit more and the first thing I knew was important was to make sure I got all the vitamins I needed. After reading numerous articles and from information I had already heard I knew that getting enough Folic Acid was the majorly important vitamin.
According to an article I read, Folic Acid is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth, such as in infancy and pregnancy. Both children and adults require folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia. The reason why it is good in pregnancy is because it helps protect against a number of congenital malformations including neural tube defects. The article also goes on to say that the protective effect of folate during pregnancy goes beyond NTDs. Supplementation with folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of congenital heart defects, cleft palate, limb defects and urinary tract anomalies.
With this information in mind I set off to Boots to look for some vitamins. They have their own range of vitamins but the ones that really caught my eye were the Sanatogen vitamins. These have been around for years and seem to be a trusted brand so I decided to try some of these. It also helped that they were on three for two special in Boots that week so my decision was made. The three for two helped as they were fairly expensive but then most vitamins always tend to be quite expensive in my opinion. A tub of 30 tablets was £4.88 and a tub of 90 tablets was £11.25.
I chose the Sanatogen ProNatal vitamins. These are for use before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This vitamin supplement is described as a multivitamin and mineral supplement with folic acid tailored for women planning pregnancy and during. It has 18 essential vitamins. One of those vitamins is Folic Acid and gives the take 400 micrograms which is the recommended daily amount for people in this situation. You should take one of these vitamins daily in order to get the recommended amount of Folic Acid, any more and it could be dangerous so be careful with your intake.
They recommend that you take these tablets for at least three months before trying to get pregnant. The vitamins come in a pink plastic bottle with a pink lid on. They do have a safety feature to them. In order to get the top of you need to squeeze both sides together and then the cap will come off. I think this is great because it means little kids cannot get into the vitamins if you leave them lying around.
This is only my opinion on the vitamins and I am not medically trained at all so I would recommend that before you start any vitamin supplement you wither talk to your doctor or a pharmacist to get the best possible information in regards to you.
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant for the first time in 2007 , I set about looking for some Folic acid as recommended by my Doctor. I went to my local Boots store , and was faced with a choice of different brands. The one that stood out to me the most was the Sanatogen Pro Natal brand. These are a supplement that contain 18 different vitamins and minerals ( including Folic acid ) which are specially designed for use during pregnancy and breast feeding. I took them for the first three months and they worked a treat. I am now pregnant again , expecting twins this time round. So back again to Boots to get stocked up on the Pro Natal. I got them on offer ( 3 for the price of 2 ) , and they cost £4.88 for a pack of 30. You take one a day, and they are easy to swallow, unlike some of the other multivitamins you can buy. I will be taking them through my entire pregnancy this time, as I am being drained twice as much I reckon. I would recommend these vitamins to any mum to be.
Sanatogen pronatal are multivitamins and mineral supplement made especially for woman who are planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy and for after birth whilst breastfeeding. I picked up a tub of these whilst on a trip to the supermarket as they had a third off the price.
The packaging of the tablets is very pretty. The tub itself is white and has a very pretty pink lid. The label is also pink and has a picture of a very pregnant woman on the front. The tablets themselves are like a capsule in shape. They are quite large and are a dirty pink sort of colour. They do not have any odour which is good as I have had supplements which pong!
The pack contains all the information that you need and I will not write them all here as it is available on the tub. They do contain 18 vitamins and mineral which includes the very important folic acid. The instructions suggest you start taking the tablets three months prior to trying to conceive. I like the fact that the supplement is suitable for all stages throughout the pregnancy.
I have been taking them a week now and I cannot say whether they are effective. I know the folic acid is essential. I would rather try and do anything possible to be healthy in preparation so taking this everyday is a step to helping achieve this.
They do not contain gluten,lactose or yeast.
The tub that I picked up contained 30 of the tablets and cost just under £3 it had a third off as it was on promotion in the supermarket. I think they did a larger tub as well. They also make the pronatal supplement which contains omega 3 as well.
When I found out I was expecting my first child I wanted to do everything in my power to give him a good start, i'd always had questionable eating habits and didn't always eat the right thing. I knew that despite all the effort I would put in I would still be unable to get all the goodness, both my baby and I would need, from food, I just was not the hungry sort but now there was more than just myself to think about. I'd been looking through several books and magazines on ways to ensure you got the right nutrients when I spotted the advert for Sanatogen Pronatal, it claimed to have everything I would need and so I hunted it down next time I was near a pharmacy.
Sanatogen Pro Natal-
Pro Natal is designed specifically for women who are planning a pregnacy, having a baby or recently given birth. They contain an essential combination of vitamins designed to provide the mother and child with all the nutrients they will need during the pregnancy.
You have to take one tablet a day, they are quite large and take a bit of getting used to, you definitely need to take these with a drink. It is recommended that you take the tablets after a full meal so the vitamins are more easily absorbed into your system.
Sanatogen Pronatal tablets include the following vitamins-
Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Folic acid, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, B vitamins (B12, B1,B2, B6)
Naturally the right balance of vitamins is important in everyday life not just pregnancy, below is a few of the vitamins and why they are particularly important at this special time-
Vitamin B12 is important during pregnancy as it helps to make new cells and build a healthy nervous system.
Calcium and vitamin D are important during pregnancy as they help your babys bones and teeth develop. While you may think you are getting enough via your diet it is important to be sure you are taking in enough for both mum and baby, otherwise baby will sap all of mums calcium putting her at risk of weakened bones.
Folic acid, especially in the first 12 weeks, is particularly important. Folic acid helps proper development of the babies brain and spinal cord. Folic acid helps to maKE DNA which carries the genetic information which will ensure the correct formation of every cell in the human body.
Price, size and availability-
Sanatogen Pro Natal comes in 2 sizes- 30 tables and 90 tablets. They are available from most pharmacies, supermarkets and online.
The 30 tablet packs costs £4.99 while the 90 tablet packs is £11.99. Many pharmacies do offers on their tablets include Boots who often offer these on 3 for 2. Prices may vary.
I took Pro Natal during my first pregnancy for 8 out of the 9 months that I was expecting. I suffered with terrible morning sickness and vomited at least 3 times a day for many months, naturally this meant I was unable to eat as well as I should, I felt the tablets provided me and my baby with nutrients that would so clearly be missing because of the amount I was being sick, I always took them before going to bed as that was the only time I wasn't ill and they would have an opportunity to work into my system.
When we decided to start trying for baby number 2 I immediately went out and bought a bundle of the tablets and Boots were still doing them on 3 for 2. They recommend mothers who are trying to concieve take the tablets to get a head start and I was more than willing to, after the terrible sickness I'd suffered first time I knew if I was to have the same again at least i'd be getting some goodness from the vitamins.
I have no real way of prooving that the tablets helped the babies development, they both turned out well, are healthy(most of the time) happy and well balanced but that could have been the same without taking the Pro Natal. I came out of the experience alright although I did have to take additional iron tablets both times round as the babies were stealing all the iron from me, this however is not a common thing and most women will find the iron content in their diet and the tablets enough. Despite my iron problems I was more than happy taking the tablets if only for the fact I was getting folic acid which is essential for babies growth (but usually only found in horrible food I didnt like)
Ok they aren't the cheepest of supplements, £35.97 for a full 9 months may seem high but I was more than happy to pay that much for the peace of mind I got from taking the tablets. I would happily pay that much again and in fact plan to should we ever decide to try for baby number 3.
While I had planned to take supplements during my pregnancies I understand that many women will not want to and would in fact prefer more natural ways of getting their recommended daily allowance. All the vitamins needed during pregnancy are available through a varied healthy diet, for more information on this I would recommend visiting WWW.Babyworld.co.uk. Many specialist diets, for example vegan, will find it difficult getting all the vital nutrients and so Sanatogen Pronatal is the perfect way of ensuring you are in the best of health without compromising your beliefs and lifestyle.
Many thanks for reading, Butterbear(Piggypine)
I am a nursing mother and take a vitamin supplement in the form of Superdrugs Natal tablets, they are meant for nursing or pregnant women. When my sister in law recently became preganant I suggested these to her and she went to her local Superdrug. Unfortunately she decided that the slightly cheaper Sanatogen Pro Natal were better as they were cheaper, she did not read the label. After a few days of taking them she became “blocked up” and was quite uncomfortable. Anyway I read the label and they contained over 400%, yes 400%, of the recommended daily intake of iron! Needless to say it is a pretty good guess that this was what was causing her problems especially as she knows from her previous pregnancy, that like many women, she cant cope with iron tablets. She stopped taking them that day and now a week later things are back to normal. She has now bought some Superdrug Natal and everything is doing fine. She has however wasted about £5.00 on something that did her no good at all. If you are sensitive to iron please be very wary of the Sanatogen Pro Natal tablets.
Sanatogen Pro-natal tablets are great for those who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding. As soon as I found out that I was pregnant I bought a bottle of these tablets. I wanted to give my baby the best start in life and even though I had a healthy diet, I thought that taking the extra vitamins could only benefit. They contain a safe formulation of vitamins for pregnancy, as it's important not to take vitamin A supplements when trying to conceive or during pregnancy. This tablet is designed to replace your regular multi-vitamin, it contains the recommended daily dose of folic acid, which is very important for the baby's development and it also has iron in it (60mg) which is good as during pregnancy some women become anaemic. My levels of iron were always excellent (but then I did eat plenty of spinach with orange juice too!). Also more importantly this level of iron didn't cause constipation! Since giving birth, I'm using them while I'm breastfeeding and I will use them again for my next pregnancy. They have sorted out all the problems with supply now so they are easy to get hold of again! The price is around £5.49 for 60 tablets (approximately 2 months supply) which is cheaper than many of the other pregnancy vitamins on the market. Also you only have one tablet to take each day, I looked at the Boots pregnancy tablets and they had several to take each day! One last tip - as pregnancy is notorious for scrambling even the sharpest brain (it is true!) I managed to remember to take my tablet each day, by a) taking it last thing before I went to bed with a glass of milk and b) I got a small post-it note, wrote the letters of the week on it with tick boxes & stuck it to the side of the bottle, so if I had ticked the box - I knew I had taken my tablet!
if your trying to concive or pregnant or nursing we all know you need extra vitamins well this is one of the best it contains low levels of vitamin A which is not recomended during pregnancy plus it contains the right amoount of folic acid that you need during these times and extra calcium too all with the added plus of a multi vitamin complex including minerals id recommend it to anyone oh and there easy to swallow
Sanatogen ProNatal is a scientifically proven multivitamin and mineral supplement with folic acid, tailored for the nutritional needs of women before, during and after pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Taken daily, Sanatogen ProNatal provides folic acid, vitamin B12 and other essential vitamins and minerals to help support the healthy growth of your baby and keep you healthy too. Who is Sanatogen ProNatal for?Sanatogen ProNatal is for women who are trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding. It is important that women have a healthy, balanced diet before, during and after pregnancy. Good nutrition is important for fertility and for helping your baby grow and develop. However, even if you eat healthily, your body may need extra nutrients as it works hard to create and nourish your baby. Trying for a baby?The Food Standards Agency has reported that 4 out of 10 women lack essential vitamins and minerals as they prepare for pregnancy, and 40% have an unhealthy diet prior to pregnancy 1. Taking Sanatogen ProNatal before pregnancy can help to ensure that you are getting key vitamins and minerals which your body may need to help prepare for pregnancy. During pregnancyMaking sure that you have good nutrition will help increase the chances of your baby being healthy. The Department of Health recommends that you take a folic acid supplement from the time you stop contraception*. However, folic acid alone is not enough to help keep you healthy, and help ensure the healthy development of your baby. You need a healthy diet including plenty of other essential vitamins and minerals, and you may not get enough of these in your diet every day. Sanatogen ProNatal is a scientifically proven multivitamin and mineral with extra folic acid, to help ensure that you're getting all the key vitamins and minerals your body needs to help support the healthy growth of your baby, and keep you healthy too. While you're breastfeedingAfter your baby is born, your body needs help to recover from pregnancy and rebuild its stores of nutrients. The Department of Health also recommends that breastfeeding women should take a vitamin D supplement every day as vitamin D is necessary for a baby's body to use the calcium supplied by breast milk. Sanatogen ProNatal contains the required amount of Vitamin D, and by taking Sanatogen ProNatal after pregnancy you can help to ensure that you're getting all the key vitamins and minerals your body needs to help support the healthy growth of your baby, and keep you healthy too. When should I take it?You should take one Sanatogen ProNatal tablet a day with a glass of water from the time you stop using contraception, throughout pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding.Try to take Sanatogen ProNatal on a full stomach, to help maximise the absorption of the nutrients. Are there any problems with taking vitamins in pregnancy?Some mums-to-be are justifiably frightened of taking any medicine or nutritional supplement during pregnancy in case it harms their baby. A baffling range of vitamins and minerals are available these days, so how do you know what's best for you and your unborn child? High doses of certain vitamins can be dangerous. Research suggests that too much vitamin A is harmful to developing babies, and the Department of Health recommends that you limit your intake of this vitamin during pregnancy. Sanatogen ProNatal contains no Vitamin A. It is important not to take a cocktail of supplements when you are pregnant or trying for a baby. A single, one-a-day multivitamin and mineral supplement that's been tailored for pregnant women - such as Sanatogen ProNatal - contains all the essential micro-nutrients, extra folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and iron your body needs to support the healthy growth of your baby and keep you healthy too.