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It's easy to be convinced to buy something when you're pregnant. You're hormonal and emotional, the doctor says you need vitamins and look, this one has a picture of a pregnant woman on the front and SHE looks healthy so surely it's worth £10 a bottle..
Which is how much these cost - roughly £10 for two months worth. And that wouldn't be so bad, but you can get all these vitamins elsewhere for pennies. It's just that bottle won't have a picture of a happy pregnant woman on the front. Sometimes you can even get it on prescription (folic acid you almost always can, and if you can't an own-brand bottle will be about 50p). Most of these vitamins you will get through food, and those you can't are easy to get elsewhere.
I tried these, and honestly, they have done nothing for that extra money. They are not particularly easy to swallow, they have no flavour to disguise the fact they taste terrible (the omega-3 one tastes of fish, the other one made me gag), and when the iron upset my stomach there was no way to get everything else without taking that so the rest of the bottle was wasted.
They are preying on people's anxiety. If you are living on Big Macs in your pregnancy you might just need these. If you have constant morning sickness then maybe. Otherwise get some folic acid and IF NEEDED some iron tablets and ask your doctor if you need anything else. There is no need to pay £10 for a picture of someone happily pregnant.
I am currently pregnant and have used these along with the normal pregnacare for about 4 months.
One of the best things is knowing that my baby is getting all the nutrients that it needs, especially because I don't eat fish or a lot of meat, so I was worried about my baby getting enough omega-3 and iron. But since taking these I haven't had to worry about my baby being deprived of anything!
You take one capsule of Omega-3 per day and one of the pink pregnacare vitamins per day, and you have to take it with your main meal or with food - the packaging is very adamant about that!! Probably so you can digest them properly. There is a handy feature on the tablet packaging which says the days of the week, so if you forget (like me!) you will be able to see which days you have taken and which you have missed.
There are two downsides to this product: One is the price, as a months supply of Pregnacare plus costs the same as 3 months supply of regular pregnacare when you get it from boots or somewhere (it's often 3 for 2!) So for people on a budget, the regular pregnacare might be a better option.
Also the Omega-3 capsules can leave a fishy taste in your mouth, and it can be tasted for a few hours after (if you burp for example!) - and being someone who hates the taste of fish, this was a big downside. However if you don't mind the taste of fish then this won't be a problem for you!
When i fell pregnant for the fourth time recently i was advised by midwife to not only take folic acid but also to take a prenatal vitamin throughout my pregnancy as it would give me extra vitamins that will help keep me and my baby healthy.
I choose pregnacare plus as i had heard really great things from friends about it and i like that it contains the amount of folic acid that you need so you don't have to take an extra folic acid tablet as well.
I bought a dual pack of pregnacare plus from boots for £15.25 which is quite expensive if you compare it to some own brand pregnancy supplements but unlike others these contain an omega 3 capsule as well. The dual pack has 28 of the pregnacare multi nutrient tablets and 28 of the omega 3 marine oil capsules and you take one each day so essentially this is a months supply. I buy them from boots as they are part of the 3 for 2 so i buy 3 and am getting one free which makes it a much better deal.
Pregnacare is widely available in places other than boots though most supermarkets sell it as do other pharmacies and you can get it online.
The vitamins come in a box with the pregnacare logo on and clearly state that these are the plus ones (meaning they contain the omega 3 capsules as well). Inside the box are 4 seperate blister packs; 2 of the multivitamin and 2 of the omega 3 capsules and an instruction leaflet.
The instruction leaflet contains information on how and when to take the vitamins, the ingredients, the benefits of the vitamins and also some precautions to take. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and they explain things well.
Pregnacare plus is suitable for use from the time you start to try to concieve, throughout your pregnancy and for use whilst you are breastfeeding. I really like that you can keep using the same product throughout the whole process i think this is a really good idea.
I also really like the addition of the omega 3 capsule that other pregnancy multivitamins don't have as i know omega 3 is really important for the baby's brain and eye development, i like knowing my baby is getting all the extra help i can give them.
You take one of each of the tablets each day. The multivitamin is an orangey colour and quite a large tablet so it can be a little difficult to swallow especially if you aren't used to taking tablets or find it hard anyway. The omega 3 capsule is much smaller and is a yellow gel capsule i find this much easier to take than the other one. You have to swallow the tablets not chew them, i can't imagine they would taste very nice if you did chew them! They also advise that you take them on a full stomach so i take them after breakfast.
I've found that since taking them my immune system has been alot better. I am prone to getting colds and sick bugs with 2 little ones around but since i started taking these vitamins i've not had a cold or sick bug and i put it down to these.
Overall i have been really impressed with these vitamins. They aren't the cheapest but you certainly get what you pay for in the quality, the boost to my immune system proves that. I will certainly continue to use these for the rest of my pregnancy and probably whilst i breast feed my new baby as well.
I highly recommend these to any mum to be or new mum and give them 5 stars.
When becoming pregnant I was advised to start taking Frolic Acid as it is the best vitamin for a pregnant women, so when doing my shopping at Asda the next day I had my eye out for some. I noticed this Pregnacare Plus and after reading the description which stated that it was a original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers all the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400mcg of Frolic Acid and also additional Omega-3 capsules which help the growth of brain and eye development of the foetus, I popped them in the basket to take home.
This is a well known product which is one of the leading supplements for expecting mothers, apparently this is the product which midwives recommend most to there patients. These Tablets should be taken all the way through your pregnancy and are also recommended to be taken up to three months before pregnancy when you first start trying to conceive, you should also use them after pregnancy if you decide to breast feed or just until birth if you are bottle feeding.
Each vitamin has the recommended 400mcg of Frolic Acid, as well as vitamin B12, D , E, B1, B2, B3, B6 ,B12 , K and Iron, Selenium, Magnesium, Iodine, Copper and Zinc, in other words it has everything a pregnant lady needs. Each Omega-3 tablet has 300mg of DHA which will help the brain, eye and nervous system development of the foetus, but be warned these do not taste very nice and it is better to wash them down quick so you do not get the fishy taste in your mouth.
The instructions on these tablets state that you should take one of each tablet on a daily basis, they are to be taken on a full stomach and with water.The box contains 28 multi-vitamin tablets and 28 Omega-3 tablets, you can expect to pay anywhere from £10-£15 for them and they can be bought from many places such as Chemists, Boots, Superdrug or supermarkets, or you can pick them up online but this may cost you a little more money.
Whist these tablets may seem expensive it comes down to the old saying "you get what you pay for" and this certainly rings true for these tablets because these are of top quality which give you all the extra vitamins your baby will need, I see these tablets as a way of giving your unborn child the best start in life. I would highly recommend these tablets to anybody pregnant or even just trying to conceive, they will give you and your baby all the goodness which you need and help you to have piece of mind, knowing you are doing your best for you baby.
What is this product?
This is a review for Pregnacare Plus with Omega 3 capsules. This product is a vitamin and mineral supplement specially formulated for women who are either trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding. I used this product myself during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.
What's so great about this product?
I try to eat a balanced diet but I wanted to be really sure that my baby was getting all the nutrients she needed whilst growing in my tummy. There are so many choices out there when it comes to vitamin supplements and such a varying price tag too. The Vitabiotics range of products are usually the most expensive, and this one follows that trend. However, I trust them as a brand because they specialise in bespoke supplements for the different stages of life and have won so many awards for it.
This supplement is fully comprehensive - it gives Mum and baby all the essentials needed such as vitamin B12 and folic acid both of which doctors recommend you start taking before falling pregnant. The Omega 3 capsule is great for during pregnancy as it is basically cod liver oil, but you can't taste it! This is proven to be essential in brain and eye development of foetus and helps concentration for Mum too.
The Vitabiotics website also states that amount of each vitamin and mineral in the product is well within recommended limits for pregnancy.
The final top point of this product is that research has shown the vitamins stored in a bottle begin to lose their strength as soon as the seal is broken - so effectively by the time you get to the bottom of the bottle, the last tablets have very little left in terms of their vitamin content. These tablets come in a blister pack so each one is sealed on its own thus preserving the full content each time.
What's not so great?
The only downside for me is the price, they really are very expensive at about £15 for a months's supply. You can often buy them on 3 for 2 in Boots which reduces the price somewhat, but they are very expensive.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I am hoping to have another baby and at the moment I am taking the Pregnacare Conception supplements, if / when (!) I fall pregnant, I will switch to these again. As soon as I'm finished breastfeeding I would probably not take supplements unless I felt under the weather.
When trying to conceive, my doctor advised me to take folic acid for at least three months before becoming pregnant and for at least the first trimester, in order to minimise the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. On my way home I stopped by Asda and noticed Pregnacare Plus in the medicine aisle. It was distinctive as it comes in a white bottle with a pink lid and pink label, or a white box with green and pink text as the above picture. It was described as being the "original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers all the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400mcg folic acid plus an additional Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which contributes to normal brain and eye development of the foetus" and to be honest it did seem to contain the highest amounts of some of the vitamins compared to other brands.
The box contains 28 multivitamins with 400mcg folic acid and 28 omega-3 tablets with 300mg DHA. (DHA is basically a fatty acid). You can expect to pay around £10 online, up to £15 in shops but in supermarkets they are often on offer for around £10. Widely available in chemists like Boots, Superdrug, independent chemists and supermarkets.
Pregnacare Plus is well known and described as the leading supplement for conceiving and expecting mothers and the one midwives recommend most, so I knew immediately that this would be the one I chose. You can start taking it at any time during pregnancy, but ideally you should begin three months before falling pregnant (basically as soon as you start trying for a baby, as it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly three months before you conceive), during pregnancy and right up until the end of breastfeeding (if you breastfeed) or until after birth if you bottle feed.
Each multivitamin tablet includes the exact recommended dose of folic acid (400mcg), vitamin B12 and Zinc, which support neural development and cell division in the early stages of pregnancy. The tablet also contains a wide range of vitamins at the exact level recommended for the foetus so it is moderate, not excessive (too much of certain vitamins can actually be harmful to a pregnancy so it is recommended that you use a pregnancy specific supplement such as this). They also contain Vitamin D,E,C,B1,B2,B3,B6,B12,K,Iron, Selenium, Magnesium, Iodine and Copper.
Each Omega-3 tablet contains 300mg of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), which helps brain and eye development and nervous system development in the foetus and newborn. These do not smell fishy, though they do have a slight taste so better to be washed down as quick as you can!
You are supposed to take one of each tablet once a day (so one multivitamin and one omega-3 tablet) on a full stomach, swallowed with water. The multivitamin is quite big, bigger than your average paracetamol and it can be difficult to swallow (and will leave a nasty taste if you make several attempts to swallow it!) so I used to take a big gulp of drink when swallowing that one. The Omega-3 is smaller and has a silky texture so is much easier to swallow.
Whilst they may seem expensive, these really are premium supplements. Some pregnancy supplements do not contain the same amounts of vitamins, or the exact dose as recommended by experts (including Vitamin D, which is essential and ought to be taken at the correct dose). I dread to think how much I spent on these vitamins, but they are definitely worth it if just for the peace of mind knowing that you are doing all you can to ensure a healthy body and pregnancy. These do not replace a healthy balanced diet, they should be used as a supplement to a healthy diet not a replacement!
It is worth noting that these vitamins do not use swordfish, marlin or tuna based fish oils in the Omega-3 tablets. This is because these types of fish are not recommended in pregnancy (apart from tuna in small amounts)
I would advise these tablets to anyone.
Dual pack contains 28 Pregnacare Prenatal with 400mcg Folic Acid Tablets and 28 High Purity Omega-3 with DHA Capsules. Pregnacare Plus is the ideal formula for every stage of pregnancy - from before conception, throughout pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. The dual pack provides the original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers all the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400mcg folic acid. Pregnacare Plus also offers an additional Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) for healthy foetal brain and eye development and Arachidonic Acid (AA). Pregnacare Plus has been specially developed so that mothers-to-be can safeguard their extra dietary requirements, without confusion about which supplements to take. - 28 x Pregnacare multi-nutrient tablets with 400mcg Folic Acid Pregnacare Tablets contain a careful formulation of 19 nutrients vital for both mother and baby. These include vitamin B12 and folic acid at the exact level recommended for the development of the unborn baby. Pregnacare has been carefully developed by experts so that all ingredient levels are within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive. It has been specifically formulated with an ideal, moderate level of iron and avoids high doses. 28 x Omega-3 Marine Oil capsules with 300mg DHA The capsules contain special high purity fish oil, which are a rich source of the important Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are especially vital during pregnancy as they are the building blocks of the baby's eyes and brain. DHA is the most important fatty acid required for healthy brain and eye development of the foetus. Each capsule also contains 60 mg EPA, which helps to maintain optimum brain function and cell signalling. Directions for use: Take one Pregnacare Tablet plus one Omega-3 Capsule per day. Ingredients: Bulking agents (microcrystalline cellulose, calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate), magnesium oxide, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), ferrous fumarate, zinc sulphate, betacarotence (natural mixed carotenoids, soyabean oil, tocopherol), tablet coating (hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, natural source colours: titanium dioxide, iron oxide), Vitamin E natural source (D-Alpha tocopheryl succinate), stearic acid, niacin (as nicotinamide), silicon dioxide, Vitamin B6 as HCI), Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), disintegrant (crosslinked carboxymethylcellulose sodium), thiamin (as mononitrate), anti-caking agent (magnesium stearate), Vitamin D (cholecalciferol, DL-Alpha tocopherol), rioboflavin (Vitamin B2), Copper sulphate, Vitamin K, Folacin (folic acid), potassium iodide, sodium selenate. Capsules: Omega-3 fish oil (docosahexaenoic acid concentrate), capsules shell: pharmaceutical grade gelatin, glycerine & natural flavour lemon oil. Pregnacare Plus is free from artificial colours, preservatives, salt, yeast, gluten and lactose.