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Just over 8 months ago I got my BFP - that's Big Fat Positive for the uninitiated - as in you're pregnant! For me, this was great news!
Prior to my BFP I had been taking Boot's own brand pre-conception vitamins. Although I generally prefer healthy eating to pill popping, the NHS do recommend that supplements are taken pre-conception and during pregnancy. So, post BFP the obvious thing to do was to move on to the pregnancy supplement in the Boots own brand range. These are now called 'pregnancy support'.
There are two key nutrients needed during pregnancy. These are folic acid (400 micrograms until week 12 of pregnancy) and Vitamin D (10 micrograms throughout pregnancy and whilst breast feeding). Folic acid prevents neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Vitamin D helps you and your unborn child by keeping bones and teeth healthy preventing rickets.
At my booking in appointment, the mid-wife checked that I was taking a supplement containing both folic acid and vitamin D. She said that the Boots own brand product was fine. In addition to these two nutrients, the tablets contain an array of other vitamins and minerals (which I won't cut 'n paste here) that are generally good for you. They are also suitable for vegetarians as well as being gluten and lactose free.
The more cynical amongst you may be wondering what the difference is between these pregnancy specific multi-vit's and a regular multi-vitamin? Well, it's not just about what IS in the tablet, it's what ISN'T in the tablet. The vitamin to avoid too much of during pregnancy is Vitamin A. The NHS advises that too much of this can harm the baby. I'm more confident taking a tablet formulated for pregnancy than scanning through regular vitamin pills to make sure there is nothing bad in them so that's why I chose to continue taking the Boots product.
The new formulation of the Boots pregnancy multi vitamin contains ginger which is known to alleviate symptoms of morning sickness. I can't comment on the efficacy of this as luckily this wasn't something that I suffered from though don't be too jealous as I have had other pregnancy niggles! What I can say, is that the tablets taste faintly of ginger which I don't find unpleasant.
The tablets are yellow and come in a blister pack. There is an outline on the pack showing the tablet size. I would say that although the tablets are fairly large, the outline on pack is bigger so don't be put off by it! They are lozenge shaped. Personally, I find them easy to swallow.
These tablets retail at a modest £4.29 for 30 tablets. The price per tablet is about half that of branded alternatives. The pack is now purple and silver with a very pregnant woman on the front. Take care to pick up the correct product as the pre-conception tablets come in an identical pack.
If you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, it's important you get the right nutrients to pass on to your developing baby. This is what the makers of Boots Mum to Be pregnancy vitamins say. According to the bottle this product has been formulated with Multivitamins, minerals and folic acid. Folic acid is important to help the spinal cord of your developing baby grow healthily and it is known that most pregnant women don't get enough folic diet in their library. This is according to the National Diet and Nutrition survey.
With my last baby I made sure to take folic acid for at least 3 months before I got pregnant and this time around I decided to do the same thing. We are trying for a baby at the moment and so purchased these vitamins on a three for two deal at Boots which I thought was quite good value. Boots have a great range of vitamins and some of the branded ones can be a little expensive but these Boots ones are quite good value. A bottle of 30 tablets costs £3.99 and this can be even cheaper if you get them on a deal like I did.
Like Boots state above, folic acid can help to protect against a number of congenital malformations including neural tube defects so I believe anything you can do to combat against this I think is well worth it.
Like it says above these vitamins are for use before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You take them one a day and they are not too big so are quite easy to swallow with a bit of water. As well as folic acid, they also contain iron, and B vitamins which are also necessary later in pregnancy for blood formation. Also, they are ideal if you are going to breast feed as optimum nutrition is important during breast-feeding which places extra demands on your body.
They come in a handy little plastic bottle with a child proof press and screw off top so if you have other children I think this is a really good feature. My bottle of vitamins which I keep in my bag also double as a handy shake and rattle to keep my little girl entertained if there is nothing else around!
For more information on these vitamins you can visit www.boots.com
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.
Since being pregnant I've become rather worried about eating properly and getting a decent amount of vitamins and minerals (a bit preoccupied really!). Working full time often prevents me from getting a decent amount of food during the day; I try and eat as much fruit as possible though. I'm constantly reading about what I should and shouldn't be eating, recently I read about essential fatty acids which you get mainly from oily fish - these are apparently great for my baby's developing brain and eyes especially at this stage of my pregnancy (5 mths). As I know I don't get enough fish I thought it's about time I got myself a supplement to take. Efanatal is these essential fatty acids in a pregnancy safe form (I shouldn't take a normal fish oil supplement) but I haven't been able to find them anywhere. However, I did find Boots' 'Vital Vitamins Mum To Be'. These contain folic acid for before and during pregnancy, (I took folic acid tablets for the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy, a supplement isn't really needed after this, but I can't find a later mum-to-be supplement that doesn't contain them); garlic to help maintain healthy heart and circulation; and lecithin to help maintain a healthy nervous system. I can't comment on the whether they have worked! But this does seem to be a good combination of vitamins - a healthy heart, circulation and nervous system seems like the way to go! And they contain the essential fatty acids I was looking for, DHA I think is its official term. Taking them really makes me feel like I'm doing myself and the baby good. Along with the fruit, veg and dairy products I'm trying to stuff down my neck I, for once, feel like my diet is pretty much balanced. A 28-day supply costs £9.00 which seems quite a lot, but considering the stuff you get in them and the good they are doing it is well worth it. On the down side, they are not suitabl
e for vegetarians. This doesn't affect me, but I imagine pregnant vegetarians/vegans have to look further when it comes to buying this sort of thing. 24/10/00 - I've just read that folic acid is needed throughout pregnancy to prevent anaemia, making this supplement better than I thought!
A daily supplement system containing a combination of nutrients to help maintain good health and well-being throughout pregnancy