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Pregnacare Dietary Supplement is a vitamin supplement to be taken during pregnancy. Whilst a little pricey, they contain a range of different vitamins to keep both you and your baby healthy.

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      10.08.2013 20:32
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      Give you peace of mind that you are follow the guidelines for early Folic Acid intake.

      Pregnancy can take a lot out of your body. Currently though the jury is out as to whether or not taking general supplements during pregnancy actually do anything for your baby. Folic Acid is the only essential vitamin that is officially recommend for the first trimester of pregnancy, but again it is best to take it before baby is even conceived to prevent any physical development problems from arising. Taking it beforehand is the main thing, as it provides an insurance that baby will get what it needs from mum's body before it is even conceived. Taking a general supplement for your own body is important too however, so that if you are low in any vitamins or minerals you won't become deficient when baby takes them from your body.

      You don't actually have to eat more when you're pregnant - this is an old myth ie 'eating for two' - but you do need to stay well nourished to keep your energy up. I eat a very good, wholesome diet normally but I decided to take Vitabiotics Pregnacare vitamins anyway when we started trying to conceive, mainly for the Folic Acid content but also because I understand that taking a general supplements means that they work together to help absorption of the Folic Acid. It took us about 8 months to conceive the first time around so I ended up taking a long course of these tablets, but I was happy with that as they put me at ease mentally that unborn baby was going to get a good start in life. Also when I became quite heavily pregnant and hubby was working a lot and we barely had time to cook a decent meal between us, I felt more confident about my health while taking these tablets.

      Pregnacare is a general supplement formulated for women who are trying to conceive and for pregnant women, and it can also be continued through breastfeeding which I also did. As I breastfed my daughter until quite recently I am still taking these tablets as I am now expecting baby number two. The tablets contain 19 vitamins and minerals in total, but they do not contain vitamin A as having too much vitamin A in pregnancy can cause harm to the baby - this is also why pregnant women are advised against eating liver in pregnancy which naturally contains a high amount of vitamin A.

      The Pregnacare tablets are fairly small and easy enough to swallow- I managed to take them during extreme pregnancy nausea this time around despite gagging on most foods. I think this is partly due to the size and partly due to the low iron content of the tablets, as iron can make nausea worse in the first trimester. You are meant to take them with food but at times I could only manage to take them with juice, which is better than not taking them at all. They do have a funny smell but I learned to ignore that quite early on when taking them. You get 30 in a pack so each pack ends up lasting about a month, which does make them costly but it is worth it to be able to take a baby-friendly multivitamin that does not contain vitamin A and contains the right amount of Folic Acid.

      I always buy my Pregnacare tablets from Boots so that I can collect Advantage Card points. It is available in most chemists and large supermarkets however and if you shop around you can sometimes find them in buy one get one free or similar offers. The price I pay at Boots is £5.20 for 30 tablets but occasionally I have bagged a bargain in a Holland and Barrett sale and stocked up on them that way. Although I have been buying these tablets for years now I think a fiver a month is a small price to pay for a healthy baby and for peace of mind that you are doing the best you can for your unborn/growing little one.

      I definitely recommend these tablets to all women who are planning to have a baby and also to pregnant women, particularly if you are still in the first trimester of pregnancy. As with all supplements it is hard to say whether they made a difference to my own physical health however they did give me peace of mind and it is important to follow the guidelines for early Folic Acid intake. Also as I have already mentioned taking a normal multivitamin becomes out of the question as they can contain high vitamin A content and this is advised against in pregnancy.

      So these tablets get 5 stars from me.

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        14.05.2013 14:59
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        When I had my very first appointment with my midwife, she recommended I started taking Pregnacare, which is a multivitamin tablet designed specifically for pregnant women. I had already been taking folic acid, but my doctor neglected to tell me I should be taking Vitamin D as well. To be sure I was getting all the vitamins my baby needs, I decided to stop taking the folic acid and replace it with these.

        The Pregnacare brand has a few different products on the market, including:

        * Pregnacare Original
        * Pregnacare for Breastfeeding
        * Pregnacare for Conception
        * Pregnacare for New Mums
        * Pregnacare Max
        * Pregnacare plus Omega 3

        I opted for the original version, as this seemed to contain everything I'd need. However, on reflection, I wish I had gone for the one with Omega 3, as I have now realised I don't eat enough fish to get enough Omega 3, which is essential for the baby's brain development. However, if I have to buy some Omega 3 supplements separately, this isn't too big a deal.

        The tablets are designed for use in pregnancy, so the beauty of these is that you don't have to worry that they might contain something which could potentially be harmful to your baby. For example, you're supposed to limit your Vitamin A intake in pregnancy, so a multi-vitamin which wasn't designed for use in pregnancy would be unsuitable as it wouldn't take this into account.

        The tablets contain the recommended daily dose of folic acid and Vitamin D, alongside 17 other carefully selected vitamins. Although there are other versions available which are aimed at new mums or breastfeeding mums, the original tablets are suitable for use prior to conceiving, throughout pregnancy, and when breastfeeding. I thought these would be the best value to buy because I can continue to use them after having the baby if I decide to breastfeed.

        The guidance on these tablets is to take one each day with a glass of water, and to swallow whole rather than chewing. They must be taken on a full stomach, which can be tricky if you are struggling with morning sickness, however they are quite big so I think you'd struggle to take these if you were feeling nauseous anyway. They are suitable for vegetarians.

        I have been taking these tablets since my midwife recommended them, which is the majority of the first trimester of my pregnancy, and I intend to continue taking them throughout the rest of my pregnancy. They are quite large, I have to admit, so I have to swallow quite a bit of water to help wash them down. If you struggle with taking tablets you might not get on with these, as they are a bit on the large side. They feel as though they might taste chalky, but I have never really noticed much taste of them after swallowing. You can taste an almost herbal taste on the way down, but this soon subsides and doesn't leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

        Obviously I can't say whether or not these tablets are doing me or my unborn baby any good, but I am reassured that I am getting the right vitamins and minerals to give the baby the best start in life. This is really important because as a first-time mum to be, I've found myself feeling quite paranoid that I'm trying to do the right thing all the time. In the first three months of pregnancy, many women suffer with morning sickness, but if you can try to stomach one of these tablets each day, it's reassuring to know that even if you're not up to eating much, you're still getting the vitamins you need. Obviously, these tablets shouldn't be used to replace a healthy diet, but they can help you feel less guilty in the early stages when food can be difficult to stomach.

        I would highly recommend these tablets. I find it reassuring that I'm giving my baby the vitamins it needs. The only downside is that because they have to be taken on a full stomach, I find it more difficult remembering to take them than would be the case if I could just take them first thing in the morning when I get out of bed. I bought mine from Amazon because it was cheaper to buy in bulk, I ended up with around nine months worth (3 packs x 90 tablets) for around £18, but they are also available in pharmacies and supermarkets. In Boots, they currently cost £11.69 for 90 tablets, but are also on a 3 for 2 offer which makes them reasonable value if the use by dates are long enough.

        (Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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          24.03.2012 08:37
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          A daily pregnancy supplement

          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.


          ***Pregnacare- What Is it? ***
          Pregnacare is basically a supplement for pregnant women or women trying to conceive to ensure they get the right vitamins and minerals they need for their body to support the growth of a baby. Pregnacare can also be taken when breast feeding.

          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. Pregnacare

          Pregnacare 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.
          Pregancare is described to be suitable to take for those trying to conceive as it helps to build up stores of nutrients such as iron, folic acid and zinc. These vitamins are important from as soon as a baby is conceived as they help with cell division and neural tube development.

          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. Amazon appear to be the cheapest as they sell a 30 pack for around £4 and a 90 pack for £8.50 therefore it is a product definitely worth shopping around for as if you are taking for the duration of your pregnancy and beyond it can prove quite expensive. Especially if you compare the price to standard folic acid supplements which are only around £1.50 for three months' supply.


          ***My Experience***
          -Pregnancy-
          My first pregnancy was considered "high risk" as I was carrying identical twins (sharing a placenta) so did receive a lot of medical care. My current pregnancy (I'm now 36 weeks with one baby) is "low risk" and although I receive a fair amount of medical attention being "low risk" I would say I'm pretty much left to get on with it. In my first pregnancy I was virtually instructed how I should live for the duration of the pregnancy with regards to eating, resting etc. and looking after myself so when Pregnacare was recommended it was more of an instruction rather than an option. In my current pregnancy my midwife mentioned I might want to take Pregnacare as I have a busy lifestyle and will "get run down quicker" but because I have had a baby (or babies in my case) these types of decisions are just almost assumed knowledge and passing comments.

          In both cases I did decide to take Pregnacare although because we were not actively trying for children on both occasions I did not take the supplements pre conception more so from 10 weeks and then 6 weeks in this current pregnancy. One issue that I did have and still do is actually physically taking the tablet. It is recommended that you take one tablet once a day with your main meal and not on an empty stomach as this can lead you to feel nauseous. However as someone when pregnant who suffers "morning sickness" and cannot eat most meals this is quite a challenge. I tended to take with a cup of tea and toast but did feel very sick for around 30 minutes after taking the tablet on a morning and still often do more so than just the all-day sickly feeling I suffer anyway as part of pregnancy.

          With my first pregnancy I took Pregnacare all of the way through. Because I was "high risk" I was warned of all of the complications that go with an identical twin pregnancy and scanned fortnightly then weekly to check all was fine with my boys. It was very reassuring to see that I had two healthy babies and throughout these checks there was never any concern that I had problems. I was also told that the strain of growing two babies inside of me could take its toll on me and I was likely to feel very tired and run down. I did have some pregnancy aches and pains but looking back (and comparing to this current pregnancy) I glowed and my skin and hair looked fantastic and I generally had a fair amount of energy and didn't suffer from bugs or viruses.

          During my current pregnancy I took Pregnacare from 6 weeks until around 12 weeks when became unsure of the benefits taking Pregnacare was giving me this time around as I generally felt run down anyway looking after two young toddlers. When I stopped taking the supplements for 8 weeks I must admit I felt a lot more run down and I suffered a lot of colds and 2 stomach bugs which I put down to my lifestyle however when I started taking the Pregnacare tablets again at 20 weeks I since have not suffered a cold. I also have received more comments that I look "well" and during the time I wasn't taking Pregnacare Mr Lools would often tell me I looked "shattered".

          Pregnancy wise all appears to be healthy with baby number 3 from scans so despite feeling like I am suffering at times; our latest addition appears to be getting everything that he or she needs.


          -Post Pregnancy-
          As I have not yet had my third child I can't say if taking Pregnacare has helped me to have three healthy children but I do have 2 healthy boys from my first pregnancy who despite having some allergies (which run in the family) they are healthy. In fact despite being told that as they were low birth weight and born before 37 weeks gestation they could be likely to suffer more health problems I genuinely do not think that has been the case in the last two years and seem to pick up less viruses and colds than friends children (who seem to pass on their germs to me rather than my boys!!)

          I also took Pregnacare when expressing milk for my boys for 10 weeks. As low birth weight babies (weighing in at under 5lb when born) from a medical perspective feeding was more of a concern and even when my boys were discharged from hospital their feeding patterns were observed and closely checked up on. In addition to the supplements (and a healthy diet) my boys put on weight very well and although they did not catch up fully, in the early few weeks of their life they thrived and were considered "healthy". I'm sceptical at the benefits of Pregnacare alone in this but I do feel it gave me as a mother peace of mind I was "healthy" and getting the right vitamins rather than being neurotic over ensuring my diet was balanced.


          ***Overall***
          My naivety and sheer lack of knowledge (and fear) in my first pregnancy would have led me to take any supplement if I was told it would give me healthy children, however I definitely think that taking daily helped me have a healthy (yet high risk) pregnancy. In my first pregnancy despite carrying two babies and having constant morning sickness I suffered one cold and when I look back I had very healthy skin and hair and did have a "glow" despite not eating the best of diets (due to my sickness). I was told identical twin pregnancies are at much higher risk of premature labour and my consultant actually prepared me to deliver before 32 weeks earlier if I "did not concentrate on staying healthy" and I managed to get to 36 weeks and have my boys only 4 weeks early so I assume I managed to "stay healthy". Despite having a few allergies (which run in the family) my boys are perfectly healthy two year olds and were two healthy (yet small) babies.

          In this second pregnancy I must admit I was put off by the high price of taking Pregnacare throughout my pregnancy and after the first 12 weeks stopped taking these supplements for a number of weeks. However due to suffering constant colds and feeling run down for 8 weeks I decided to start taking the Pregnacare tablets again for the last 16 weeks and although I'm still feeling tired I haven't picked up any further viruses and I appear to be having a healthy baby. For someone who has a busy lifestyle I would definitely recommend to take Pregnacare as its one less worry that you are getting everything you need

          A product I do not think has miracle like benefits but has definitely allowed me to have two healthy pregnancies and two (hopefully 3) healthy children.

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            17.03.2012 20:07
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            A great pregnancy vitamin

            During my pregnancies I often get dizzy rushes this could be cause I am anaemic, or that I cannot keep anything down for the first 3 months or it could just be I am rushing around after my children and it is very draining but I was advised by my midwife to try some vitamins and so I came across these. I have used them from my very first pregnancy and now with my fourth child expected early June I have began taking them again.

            What are they?

            There are a range of tablets available from the same company that provide tablets aimed at different areas such as conceiving, pregnant mother and a new mother each has been designed to give all the vitamins that are needed in 1 pill. The ones I have been taking and have done for all 4 of my pregnancy are the Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original as some of the other versions have multiple pills to take and I can only just handle the one. The original prenacare is aimed at women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding although they do have different tablets in their range that are aimed at each stage solely I find these do the job.

            There are 17 vitamins in all each a different dose as it has all been formulated to be the wonder vitamin tablet for expectant mummy and growing baby.
            * Vitamin D,
            * Vitamin E,
            * Vitamin C,
            * Vitamin B1,
            * Vitamin B2,
            * Niacin,
            * Vitamin B6,
            * Folic Acid,
            * Vitamin B12,
            * Beta-carotene,
            * Vitamin K,
            * Iron,
            * Selenium,
            * Magnesium,
            * Zinc,
            * Iodine
            * Copper

            It does say on the box that the first 12 weeks are the most beneficial for taking these tablets but that is advised to continue them through your pregnancy as of course baby is still developing and these continue to supply essential vitamins you may not be getting from your diet otherwise.

            Taking them

            They come in 10 sleeves of 9 tablets and like all they are kept in a foil packet to keep them fresh so you simply push one out. They are rather large but they are not as big as some of the vitamins I have taken in the past but double the size of my paracetomol that I usually take. Once I tried to snap one of these and not only was it rather hard to do but as soon as the tablet hit my mouth it tasted awful actually making me be sick so never again did I try that.

            Taking them whole is doable just need a big drink of juice and then swallow without trying to think about it and they seem to go down ok. The taste is still there but only a very slight taste rather than a full on all senses taken over by the tablet. It is not full on and means you can actually take these pills without the taste and smell being noticeable so it is just the size I had to get over. I am just glad you only need to take 1 of these a day and I take it the reason why they are so huge is so they can fit all of the above vitamins in cause it seems a lot to fit into one tablet.

            Did they make me feel better?

            Each and every time i have taken these pills in my pregnancies I have noticed a difference they are only vitamins but they do seem to help a good deal.At first I did not really notice a difference not that I was expecting results to jump out straight away but it took around a week for me to start feeling the effects so they do take a while to work in my opinion. I feel like I have more energy and generally just feel healthier, not as tired, run down and generally a little better.Over all yes I was feeling better and a lot better at that I do still get dizzy spells but they have decreased since I found out I was pregnant and began taking these tablets. After having a test at the doctors my iron levels had risen but I was still anaemic not that I was expecting any miracles but it shows the iron contained was helping.

            This is one of the advantages for me as I have had to take iron tablets before after my operation and them on their own did not agree with me they gave me a really upset stomach and interfered with me going to the toilet but these I am thankful to say I have had absolutely no side effects. Not only did I feel better but also in my mind I know I am getting all the nutrients I need for me and my baby so even if I do not manage to eat certain foods or eat as healthy as I should I have the peace of mind I have everything I need for little one to grow ok.They are slow a disperse tablets so when I take them in the morning they slowly release the vitamins through the day giving a lasting effect rather than one quick boost which is great as I am always on the go.They are not miracle tablets that have turned me into superwoman being able to run around getting everything done but they have certainly aided in making me feel a little more normal and to be able to get on with day to day tasks.

            Summary

            You can purchase 90 tablets for around £9 if you shop around and although this seems expensive if you think about it that is nearly 3 months supply and from the peace of mind you receive it is a small price to pay. Although there are some developed for breastfeeding this can also be continued and provide benefits for new mums and baby so if you have any left after you have given birth do not put them to the side continue using them for more benefits. When speaking to my midwife about taking these she was happy for me to do so and encouraged it so the professionals are just as pleased with these as I am. These tablets are available from supermarkets and chemists alike and are widely available although do shop around as the price varies a lot and I found Amazon to be the cheapest place to purchase them.

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            supplements for pregnancy

            When I was planning a baby, I knew that I needed to take folic acid supplements to reduce the risk of my baby being born with a defect to their spinal cord (it is also thought to reduce the likelihood of a cleft lip or premature labour). I took folic acid supplements when trying to conceive accordingly. Once pregnant, I became more aware of what vitamins and nutrients my baby might require and looked to find a supplement that would give these to my unborn child.

            When I started researching supplements for pregnancy, there seemed to be one that kept cropping up - Pregnacare. There are all sorts of variations of Pregnacare - ones specifically for conception, pregnancy and breast feeding but I opted for Pregnacare Original which can be used for all three stages. I bought a box of 30 from Tesco for £3.90.

            The pills come in a white cardboard box with a picture of a happy pregnant lady on the front. The front of the pack boasts that the supplement contains 19 important vitamins and minerals. Inside the box, the pills come in foil backed plastic trays. The pills are quite large in size and long and oval in shape. They are a reddy-pink colour. The supplement has been developed to contain both vitamin B12 and folic acid at the exact level recommended for the development of an unborn baby. The other vitamins and minerals contained are 'within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive'.

            You take one pill per day, with your main meal and a full glass of water to maximise the absorption of the nutrients. They are quite large in size but I found them fairly easy to swallow as long as I took them with plenty of water. I found the outside of the tablets could be a little powdery so, if I lay them on my plate ready to take, some of the red colour would be transferred. It is hard to say what the actual effects of the tablets are, as it is with most vitamin supplements. However, I did feel full of energy and fit and well when taking these - I felt that my hair and skin etc was in good condition (despite the effects of pregnancy!) and I took this to be an indication that I was getting the vitamins that I needed (and therefore baby would be too). What Pregnacare did most of all though was give me great peace of mind - my baby was getting the necessary vitamins and minerals everyday and I was doing what I could to ensure a happy, healthy baby.

            Should I be looking to add another member to our family in the future, I will not hesitate to use Pregnacare as a supplement from attempting to conceive, right through my pregnancy. I also do not hesitate to recommend them to you.

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              The last time I was pregnant (now 2 years ago......wow, time flies!), my community midwife recommended that I take some vitamins specifically for pregnant women and after enquiring at my local pharmacy, the pharmacist recommended Pregnacare. I have to admit with my two pregnancies previous to my last one, I hadn't taken any nutritional supplements and I'd had uneventful pregnancies with the exception of some minor anaemia that I treated by increasing my iron and B12 intake through my natural diet. However, with this last pregnancy, I was a little older and perhaps a little wiser and so I wanted to do everything possible to maintain my health and my baby's health in those nine months.

              Pregnacare Dietary Supplement basically contains a whole spectrum of supplements which are recommended for the health of a pregnant woman and her foetus. They do recommend that you start taking that prior to conception (I didn't do this) and that you continue to take this through pregnancy and for the duration of the time you breastfeed (if this is something that you choose to do). I only took the Pregnacare from the time I found out I was pregnant (about 6 weeks) until the end of my pregnancy. 3 bottles of Pregnacare tablets, each containing 30 tablets costs £13.29 from Boots - and so you can get a whole Pregnacare course for the whole of your pregnancy for just £39.87 - which seems very reasonable to me. You don't need a prescription to get Pregnacare and you just buy it from your pharmacist directly over the counter.

              The Pregnacare tablets come in a plastic bottle with a child proof lid - and this is sold within a box which includes a comprehensive patient direction and product information leaflet. It details that each Pregnacare tablet contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B12, C, D, E and K, as well as Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Biotin, Folic Acid, Iodine, Copper, Selenium and Pantothenic Acid. The most important thing for me was that the product contained Iron, and B12 which are necessary for the prevention of anaemia and also folic acid which has proved to prevent neural tube defects.

              Taking the tablet is easy as it's not too big and it should be taken with water or milk and not on an empty stomach. I didn't encounter any side effects at all from taking the supplement, but it did give me peace of mind. My pregnancy was uncomplicated and I went on to have a healthy baby boy......weight 8lbs 2oz - and so other than this I have no way of judging the effectiveness of taking these extra vitamins and minerals. I did not suffer from anaemia during this pregnancy and I guess the Pregnacare could account for that. Although I think that I could probably have got all of these extra vitamins and minerals from my natural diet, taking Pregncare meant that I didn't have to worry about it and so could just eat my food without worrying if I was getting enough iron etc.

              Overall, I would recommend Pregnacare to anyone trying to conceive or anyone who is already carrying a little bundle.

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                I'd recommend it to every mum to be, whether you're trying to conceive or you're already pregnant.

                Folic Acid alone is important for the development of a healthy baby, as it reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. It is also known as vitamin B9. It's recommended that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take a daily supplement of 0.4mg of folic acid and should continue taking it for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the baby's spine is developing.

                Pregnacare is the No.1 Pre natal formula of Vitabiotics, with a careful balance of 19 vitamins and minerals including the recommended daily allowance of Folic Acid at 400mcg. Pregnacare is supported by The Royal College of Midwives so it must be good!

                Pregnacare has been carefully developed to help safeguard dietary requirements, from the start of trying to conceive, during all of pregnancy right up until the end of breast feeding.


                The Packaging:

                Nice simple box with plenty of useful information all over it, and a picture of a lovely pregnant lady on the front with a gorgeous bump. Nutritional information is clearly stated on the back of the box as are direction on how to take it, and all the good bits about Pregnacare.


                The Price:

                You can buy Pregnacare or from the Pregnacare website online. Prices vary depending on where you shop but I found mine on offer in Asda, 3 boxes of 30 tablets in each for £10. Bargain!


                - - - Why I decided to take it - - -

                I wasn't trying for a baby at the time, and I knew nothing of folic acid, else I would have started taking some kind of supplement earlier. It was only at my first appointment with my midwife about a week after finding out that I was pregnant, (6 weeks) that she asked me if I'd been taking folic acid. My answer of no was met with a bit of shock, but I had only just found out the week before that I was pregnant and I didn't even know what folic acid was! I left the midwifes office feeling kind of down as she explained that it's good to take folic acid for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, I was already half way through that period and I felt guilty that I hadn't known anything of it.

                Anyway, I was talking to a friend of mine who was pregnant, she was one of the first people I told that I was pregnant, and she mentioned that she'd been taking a dietary supplement called Pregnacare. She was currently 16 weeks pregnant and was still taking it, so off I went into town to have a look around. I went into Boots at first, who were selling them for around £10 for a single box. I wasn't sure if that was cheap or not, so went to Asda my local supermarket and had a look, to my surprise they were on offer, 3 boxes for £10. I snapped up that bargain, and off I trotted with 3 boxes for the price of 1 basically. They're normally sold at around £4-£5 in Asda.

                I got home and read up on all the different vitamins and minerals contained in Pregnacare and was utterly surprised that there was so many, and all of them I didn't know I needed during pregnancy. There are different reasons for each, but I trusted what it said on the box, and what my friend said and started taking them. That was over 4 months ago and I'm still taking them every day and I'm now 6 months pregnant. A lot of women stop taking folic acid or supplements at the 12 week mark, but I thought I would be giving my little one a good start if I carried on taking them throughout pregnancy.
                It gives me the peace of mind to know that if I'm having an off day and don't manage to eat lots of fruit and veg, that my little one is still getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to develop and grow nice and healthy.


                How to Take Them:

                One tablet per day with your main meal. Swallow with a glass of water or a cold drink, not to be chewed. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Pregnacare should only be taken on a full stomach.

                Nutritional Information:
                Average per Tablet and % RDA;

                Vitamin D: 10mcg : 200%
                Vitamin E: 4mg : 33%
                Vitamin C: 70mg : 88%
                Thiamin (Vitamin B1): 3mg : 273%
                Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 2mg : 143%
                Niacin (Vitamin B3): 10mg : 714%
                Folacin (Folic Acid): 400mcg : 200%
                Vitamin B12: 6mcg : 240%
                Biotin: 150mcg : 300%
                Pantothenic Acid: 6mg : 100%
                Vitamin K: 70mcg : 93%
                Iron: 17mg : 121%
                Magnesium: 150mg : 40%
                Zinc: 15mg : 150%
                Iodine: 140mcg : 93%
                Copper: 1000mcg : 100%
                Selenium: 30mcg : 55%
                Natural Mixed Carotenoids: 2mg

                RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance
                Mcg = Microgram, Mg = Milligram


                - - - Other good stuff - - -

                Slow dispersing tablets
                Gentle on the tummy
                Suitable for vegetarians
                No gelatin or gluten
                No artificial colours or preservatives
                No salt or yeast
                Pregnacare is not tested on animals.


                Other Products:

                There are quite a few different products in the Pregnacare range, I am currently taking Pregnacare Original, but am also contemplating taking Pregnacare Plus as it has added Omega 3.

                Visit www.Pregnacare.com to find out more, and check out the complete range.


                - - - Overall - - -

                I'd recommend Pregnacare to anyone who is trying to conceive, or anyone who is pregnant. The good thing about Pregnacare is you can start taking it at any point in your pregnancy. It has given me piece of mind that my little one is getting everything it needs to develop and grow nicely, even when I'm having a crappy day and can't eat all the right things. You can continue to take Pregnacare throughout your pregnancy and whilst breast feeding as the vitamins and nutrients will be passed through the breast milk.
                If you shop around you're bound to find a bargain, but I really would have paid any price to know that my little one is getting everything it needs for a healthy start.

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                  Pregnacare

                  After many years of trying for a baby, we found out through medical reasons that we only had a 1% chance of conceiving naturally. Therefore, when we finally found out that our dream had come true and I was pregnant by some miracle, I wanted to try to do everything possible to bring our baby into the world safe and healthy.

                  On both my midwife's advice and my own knowledge, I went straight out to purchase my first box of Pregnacare.


                  ******What is Pregnacare?******

                  Pregnacare boasts to be the number 1 prenatal formula which can be taken before conception throughout the whole of pregnancy and during breast feeding. I personally, didn't take this before conception due to the length of time and the minimal chance we had of conceiving though I have now been trying for baby number two for a couple of years and have recently been told by the doctor that taking this supplement for a long period is safe and prepares the body so have now started taking this.

                  As mentioned, I did enquire about how long these vitamins could be taken safely before conception, and I was told that there is no harm at all in taking these for a long length of time (perhaps a useful piece of knowledge for others like myself who are taking a while to conceive?) I would recommend enquiring with the chemist and/or doctor yourself before taking these for a length of time, though, as people may say different. I was also told that this vitamin 'could' aid in preparing your body and helping you to conceive easier, but again, this is hearsay. One of these reasons may be, though, is because Pregnacare contains a wide range of vitamins within each tablet (I will discuss that further down in this report) to boost dietary requirements.

                  It is also said on the back of the pack that the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy is most beneficial with taking these vitamins, though it is also strongly recommended throughout as it helps with the growth and strength of the baby.


                  ******The Packaging******

                  These vitamins come in an average sized box which is mainly white with an image of a pregnant woman on the side. Other dominant colors are green and orange. There is also a wide source of information on the front, back and sides of the box allowing purchasers to read with ease before buying. There is also an information leaflet inside.

                  Each box contains 30 vitamins held within two foil sheets. These tablets are then able to be simply pushed out.


                  ******How to Take Pregnacare******

                  It couldn't be simpler! Only one tablet per day with your main meal is sufficient. It must be swallowed with a glass of cold liquid, though not chewed. This could cause some difficulties due to the size of the tablet (see section below)


                  ******The Tablet******

                  The tablet is quite large compared to many tablets, approximately the length of a false nail before cutting (sorry I do not have my measuring tape on me!) and a quarter of that in width.

                  I was slightly worried at first about taking these, as I have always had a problem swallowing tablets, but these tablets are quite smooth and slide down easily as long as you drink it with a cold glass of liquid and plenty of it!

                  It is difficult to describe the taste, though you only taste it quickly and has no after-taste. My trick it to place it between my teeth before taking a drink so it doesn't touch your tongue! It is rather a dull taste, not describable and hardly memorable, though not nasty either.

                  The tablets are slow and steady to disperse within you, so this helps prevent any sickness. Also, if you are suffering morning sickness, I would suggest a time when you are not feeling as bad, although I have been informed that it I still beneficial to take the tablet as the goodness will still stay inside of you as long as you are not sick straight after taking it! (difficult to plan I know!)


                  ******The Vitamins Included******

                  Within one tablet, you will find 17 vitamins and minerals giving a careful balance perfect for the needs of pregnant women. Bare in mind, when pregnant, your dietary needs change, and often need a different level and a different set of vitamins. Although you are given the majority of what you need within these tablets, they are not a replacement for a healthy diet (although I'm not going to go on about that too much as I am sure my diet is not too great as I have cravings for sausage and chips!!)Pregnacare contains so much more then folic acid, a must in pregnancy! As it is designed specifically for pregnant woman it contains a careful balance of vital vitamins and minerals as follows;

                  * Vitamin D,
                  * Vitamin E,
                  * Vitamin C,
                  * Vitamin B1,
                  * Vitamin B2,
                  * Niacin,
                  * Vitamin B6,
                  * Folic Acid,
                  * Vitamin B12,
                  * Beta-carotene,
                  * Vitamin K,
                  * Iron,
                  * Selenium,
                  * Magnesium,
                  * Zinc,
                  * Iodine
                  * Copper.


                  ******Finding Pregnacare******

                  Pregnacare can be found and brought from any reputable chemist. You will probably be hit with an array of pregnancy vitamins on the shelves, though I feel that Pregnacare is the best source of vitamins to take as it contains all the essential vitamins needed opposed to many others packs which contain far fewer.


                  ******Costs******

                  I brought my pack/s from Tesco's chemist, costing me £4.99. I have looked around and seen varying costs from as little as £3.99 in some places to as much as £9.99 in others.

                  Personally, the mid range cost I paid is perfect. There is a whole months supply and can you really put a price on your unborn baby's wellbeing?
                  I have seen other pregnancy vitamins with far less included for more in price, so I believe that this is a good price. It can all add up throughout the approximate 9 months of pregnancy, so many people take them for the majority of months, and then find the necessary vitamins within your diet.

                  Larger boxes of 90 tablets are also available for purchase for approximately £12.75.


                  ******Other information******

                  This product is suitable for vegetarians!

                  Also, check with your doctor or midwife if you are on anti-coagulants (blood thinners).


                  ******Final Word******

                  With so many worries during pregnancy, taking this one tablet a day will help ease this type of worry and will aid in the growth and development of your unborn baby.

                  There is also Pregnacare Plus, a new and improved vitamin which is slightly more expensive and contains even more vitamins, though midwifes and myself (although Im not qualified) believe that this other type is no better than the original Pregnacare.

                  Does it work?
                  It has been scientifically proven that it reduces complications with your child. My daughter is now two and so far (thankfully) has no problems at all apart from the usual childhood things. She is extremely intellegent for her age and a right little monkey! I can not say whether Pregnacare has anything to do with this though I am taking it once again as I try for miracle baby number two.

                  I would also like to say, to all those pregnant - good luck and try to enjoy your experience even through the sickness and I wish you, your partner and baby well. To those trying to conceive - never give up hope. A 1% chance was enough for us and I hope you will have your dreams fulfilled soon!

                  For more information, see: www.pregnacare.com

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                    a great mulit-vitamin for mums to be

                    When I was thinking of starting to conceive one of the many things that I used to worry about was the possibility of my unborn child having some birth defect. I knew that because of my age at the time (35) that I was more likely to have problems being an elderly pri-gravida don't you just love the terms they use than some body younger than me. I personally thought it was important for me to be in the best health physically prior to conceiving so that any risks to my self or my unborn child were reduced. So along side losing weight and reducing my alcohol intake I started taking Pregnacare tablets.

                    What is it and why take it
                    **********************
                    These are multi-vitamins and minerals that are specifically designed for women who are planning to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding. They don't advise woman in these categories to take regular vitamins due to possible high levels of vitamin A, which can be toxic to an unborn child. Because of this Pregnacare contains beta-carotene in preference to vitamin A. as Beta carotene (pro-retinol) is converted into vitamin A when and if the body requires it, and therefore is non-toxic

                    The Department of Health recommends women planning a baby should take a supplement containing 400mcg of folic acid from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is the exact amount of folic acid contained in Pregnacare, Folic acid is also important after the first twelve weeks. As well as helping to maintain normal healthy development of the neural tube and nervous system, folic acid is required for foetal growth and is vital for cell division from a single cell to a fully developed baby.


                    The vitamins it includes


                    Nutritional Information Average Per Tablet % RDA
                    Vitamin D (400 I.U.) 10 mcg 200
                    Vitamin E (Natural Source) 20 mg 200
                    Vitamin C 70 mg 117
                    Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 3 mg 214
                    Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 2 mg 125
                    Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 20 mg 111
                    Vitamin B6 10 mg 500
                    Folic Acid 400 mcg 200
                    Vitamin B12 6 mcg 600
                    Betacarotene(Natural Source) 2 mg --
                    Vitamin K 70 mcg --
                    Iron 17 mg 121
                    Selenium 30 mcg --
                    Magnesium 150 mg 50
                    Zinc 15 mg 100
                    Iodine 140 mcg 93
                    Pantothenic Acid 6 mg 100
                    Biotin 150 mcg 100
                    Copper 1 mg --
                    mg - milligram, mcg - microgram, I.U. - International Units,RDA - Recommended Daily allowance (EC)

                    No artificial colours,
                    No preservatives
                    * No gluten
                    * No Lactose
                    * No salt or yeast
                    * Not tested on animals
                    * Suitable for vegetarians

                    How to take it and me using it
                    ****************************
                    I used these vitamins throughout my pregnancy often stocking up on them when Boots had 3 for 2 offers on.

                    One tablet per day is recommended with or immediately after your main meal, with a full glass of water or a cold drink. Taking the tablet with a large meal maximises the absorption of the nutrients, and can reduce nausea, which is sometimes experienced if multivitamins are taken on an empty stomach.

                    Now this wasn't a problem whilst trying to conceive but once I was about 7 weeks pregnant morning sickness kicked in a big way so in my mind taking these became even more a priority for me as if I couldn't eat much then I needed the vitamins to do the job for me and look after my growing child. To help me keep it down I would take it with cold ginger tea and a ginger biscuit to ensure that it stayed down as both of these helped things stay down. They advise cold drinks with vitamins as I think hot drinks can sometimes destroy vitamins or this maybe just an urban myth I am not sure.

                    Now whether it was these tablets the healthy eating, hubby's folic-ed up sperm we did get pregnant on our first month of trying

                    Due to my nausea I actually lost weight during my whole pregnancy and was by the time I gave birth still half a stone lighter than when I conceived. By taking these tablets I felt reassured that at least my unborn child should be getting the vitamins and minerals needed to grow even if I couldn't eat much.

                    Why I took this one rather than supermarket own brands was I felt at the time that this was an area I wouldn't want to risk getting something wrong. Now obviously there isn't anything wrong with these other tablets but they all seem to have slightly different formulas to them and as a layperson and not a midwife or chemist I don't really know what impact or differences these slight changes make. Hence on this occasion I decided to go down the premium brand route rather than my normal own brand vitamins.

                    As a couple however my husband prior to trying to conceive took own brand folic acid as he put it "to turbo charge his sperm"! The reason for this is that folic acid is supposed to help improve the quality of the sperm production.

                    Overall
                    ***************
                    Now I know there is no way of proving did taking this tablet mean my son was born with no neural tube deficits or would that of been the outcome anyway. But at a time in my life when lots of things felt very much out of my control due to sickness and fatigue and the many changes my body underwent, I felt by taking this I was ensuring my child at least got the nutrients he needed to grow. This helped calm my anxious mind amid the various extra scans and problems I encountered. I would definitely recommend these tablets but would advise buying them on the special offers to reduce the cost.

                    Available from boots for £4.99 for 30 tablets

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                      My advice is to look at the price and try not to let emotional advertising sway you as it did me.

                      I knew that as a busy person my diet was poor so when I found out I was pregnant I wanted to give my baby the best start and I researched what the recommended vitamins were in addition to the recommended folic acid.

                      I settled on the pregnacare range as I had seen them recommended by various mums and baby magazines and this was a brand that produced 1 tablet that will see you from pregnancy through to the breast feeding stage. I also admit that my emotions played a huge part and I was blinded to the costings over the pregnancy.

                      I found that they were quite expensive to buy and I have since seen cheaper alternatives. I also chose the product from the range that also includes an omega oil tablet so I am taking 2 different tablets a day.

                      If I was to do it all over again I would have looked at the pricing while researching as I am sure i could have found a cheaper alternative or brought from a cheaper outlet or on-line.

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                      Pregnacare Original Vitamins

                      Now that I've reached over 12 weeks pregnant I have decided to change my vitamin intake. I had been previously taking folic acid which helps to protect against a number of congenital malformations including neural tube defects. According to my health professionals, as this stage of development has already taken place then there is no need to take folic acid solely but I still wanted to make sure I was getting all the vital supplements I needed.

                      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 Vitabiotics Pregnacare original vitamins. These seem to be a trusted brand and I had read about these in various pregnancy magazines so I decided to try some of these. I bought a 90 day supply of tablets which was just over £12. A bit expensive but then vitamins always are.

                      These vitamins are for use before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. They are described as a careful balance of 19 vitamins, minerals and folic acid. On the box it says that they are the No. 1 prenatal formula. On the back of the box, it does say that they are more than just folic acid, they also contain iron, and B vitamins which are also necessary later in pregnancy for blood formation. Also, according to the back of the box 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.

                      You should take one tablet per day with your main meal. They do make it clear that you need to take these with a full stomach. They come in a strip package, much like a packet of aspirins. I do prefer vitamins that come in a bottle as they are handy to add to your bag but you can add a strip of these to your bag too.

                      For more information on these vitamins you can visit www.pregnacare.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.

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                        Recommended as a good pregnancy supplement

                        In an ideal world, all the vitamins and minerals we need would come from our diet. But these days many people don't get the nutrients they need from the food they eat. With hectic lifestyles convenience foods often take preference over fresh foods. Even with fresh fruit and veg the vitamin content is dependent on many things, with nutritional content decreasing with the age of the food, and cooking destroying essential nutrients.

                        Therefore, if you're planning to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking a supplement is a good idea to make sure you're getting the right amounts of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

                        Some studies have shown that women who take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement have a better chance of conceiving and a lower rate of miscarriage.

                        Pregnacare is a well known and trusted brand that brings together the essential nutrients for both mother and baby.

                        I started taking Pregnacare just before I got pregnant for the first time, which sadly ended in miscarriage. I continued to take it and have done so all the way through pregnancy, breastfeeding and still take it now, partly because we'll be trying again soon, and also because it's a great supplement.
                        I'm one of those people that normally gets every virus going around, but I've not had a single cold now for over a year. Who knows if that's a result of taking this supplement, but I certainly feel healthier since being on it.

                        It's important not to exceed the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of any vitamin or mineral, unless it's done under the supervision of a health professional. Taking one in excess can lead to another being depleted.
                        Pregnacare does contain some nutrients at levels above the RDA, but it's safe to take at these levels because it's been specially formulated by nutritional experts.

                        The supplements are in caplet form, measuring about 20mm x 8mm, and I've not found them difficult to swallow at all. They are a reddish-brown colour.

                        Take one tablet per day with your main meal. Swallow with a glass of water or cold drink. Don't take at the same time as a drink of tea, as tea can inhibit the absorption of iron. Should only be taken on a full stomach.

                        ~~ Nutritional Contents Per Tablet ~~

                        * Vitamin D *
                        5 micrograms - 100% RDA

                        * Vitamin E *
                        20mg - 200% RDA
                        (natural source)
                        Helps to eliminate free radical which can damage the body's cells, and is known to aid the chances of conception.

                        * Vitamin C *
                        70mg - 117% RDA
                        Helps to eliminate free radical which can damage the body's cells and also strengthens the immune system. Helps with the absorption of iron. Also important for the ovaries

                        * Thiamine (Vitamin B1) *
                        3mg - 214% RDA
                        Essential for ovulation and for the implantation of the embryo.

                        * Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) *
                        2mg - 125% RDA
                        Plays a key role in fertility and promotes regular growth and development.

                        * Niacin (Vitamin B3) *
                        20mg - 111% RDA

                        * Vitamin B6 *
                        10mg - 500% RDA
                        Has been shown to increase fertility in women.

                        B vitamins are water-soluble and therefore need to be replenished daily.

                        * Folic acid *
                        400 micrograms - 200% RDA
                        The most important supplement you can take if you're planning to conceive. Ideally it should be taken at least three months before you get pregnant, but it's never too late to start taking it. It's been shown to lower the risk of the baby having spina bifida or other neural tube defects.

                        * Vitamin B12 *
                        6 micrograms - 600% RDA
                        Needed for the cell DNA, and if the body doesn't have enough of this vitamin it can hinder the egg ripening before ovulation.

                        * Betacarotene *
                        2mg
                        (natural source)
                        Important during pregnancy, particularly for the formation of the baby's eyes. However vitamin A in the form of retinol is dangerous taken in pregnancy and cause birth defects. Vitamin A taken in the form of beta carotene is safe.

                        * Vitamin K *
                        70 micrograms
                        Necessary for normal bone development.

                        * Iron *
                        17mg - 121% RDA
                        A deficiency in iron can lead to infertility. Best taken with vitamin C which aids its absorption.

                        * Selenium *
                        30 micrograms
                        Another that helps protect the body from free radicals, and can also help reduce the risk of birth defects.

                        * Magnesium *
                        150mg - 50% RDA
                        Another essential element for fertility and healthy reproduction.

                        * Zinc *
                        15mg - 100% RDA
                        Zinc deficiency can lead to chromosome changes which can lead to fertility problems and increased risk of miscarriage. Very important for egg production.

                        * Iodine *
                        140 micrograms - 93% RDA
                        Iodine is an essential micronutrient that's critical for baby's development.

                        * Copper *
                        1mg
                        Copper is needed for healthy reproduction, and taking continuous high doses of zinc can lead to a copper deficiency.

                        Taking a supplement isn't a replacement for eating a healthy diet or not doing any exercise, it's important to still eat a varied range of fresh and healthy foods wherever possible.

                        Don't take the tablets without first consulting your doctor if you are taking anticoagulant medication.

                        They are suitable for vegetarians, contain no gluten or gelatine, no artificial colours or preservatives, no salt or yeast, and are not tested on animals.

                        Pregnacare costs £4.99 for 30 tablets (1 month's supply) or £12.79 for 90 tablets.

                        Also available are Pregnacare with Omega-3 (28 x 2) £12.95.
                        28 Pregnacare tablets plus 28 Omega-3 capsules (300mg of DHA - Docosahexaenoic acid), which helps with baby's brain development.

                        Alternatives:
                        Sanatogen Pronatal Tablets (30) £4.79
                        Sanatogen ProNatal Tablets (90) £12.55
                        Sanatogen ProNatal and Omega-3 (30 tablets + 30 capsules) £8.79
                        Sanatogen ProNatal His and Hers Tablets (30 x 2) £12.99

                        Pregnacare is manufactured by Vitabiotics Ltd, 1 Apsley Way, London, NW2 7HF. Tel 020 8955 2662
                        www.pregnacare.com

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                          Pregnacare Vitamins




                          After I had got over the initial shock of finding myself pregnant after the very first time of trying (literally one encounter with my boyfriend after I had stopped the pill) I began to try and get all the right things that would aid my pregnancy and developing child inside me.


                          My search of course started at the chemist where there is an array of pregnancy multi vitamins and mineral extracts to choose from. The thought of me not taking in enough of these from my food was a worry and the idea of taking a vitamin supplement seemed fantastic. The doctor recommends that you take Folic acid up to around the 13th week of pregnancy as a minimum but if you decided to take these Pregnacare vitamins the extra folic acid will not be needed.


                          These particular vitamins jumped off the shelf at me due to the fact that there was a special offer giving you a twice the size pack by incorporating with the multivitamin an equal supply of omega 3 oil capsules. There is a month’s supply of both these tablets meaning that this whole packet contains 60 tablets one of each to be taken every day.


                          This packet of Pregnacare tablets cost me just under a tenner at £9.69 pence and this works out to around 16 pence per tablet, so initially this box sounds expensive to buy but per tablet it seems very reasonable. All these sort of vitamins for pregnant women were around the same sort of price but these ones certainly looked the best and they are a brand I have heard of before.


                          These Pregnacare multivitamins are suitable for women to take before, during or even after pregnancy whilst still breast-feeding. Pregnacare states that is has been carefully developed to help safe guard dietary requirements and that you can start taking the vitamins anywhere through your pregnancy not just at the start. Each tablet is said to provide a wide range of essential vitamins and mineral including the exact recommended level of 400ug folic acid.


                          These vitamins contain everything that you will need in a healthy diet and a lot of the time are giving you 100% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance). I could list all the vitamins that are contained in these tablets but that simply would be such a long boring list and I suggest if you are planning to start taking these then giving the packet a good long study over would be more advisable. The list does include a few obvious vitamins such as C, D and E along with vitamin B12 and as I can count about 18 other vitamins and minerals are listed on the ingredients. So it seems that they really have shoved a whole lot of goodness into these pills.


                          The directions of use are pretty much the same as any other pill you would take and that is to swallow down with a glass of water. This may be a little hard to do with these at first considering they are about the size of a suppository and can get stuck in the back of the throat if not careful. Swallowing pills has never been a forte of mine so I always have difficulty but they are over an inch in length.


                          The packing of each tablet is that of a popper packet like those sold with most tablets. The outer packaging is easy to read and gives all the information that you would really need. There is obviously a lot of garbage that is not really necessary to read and somewhat written in medical jargon but that is mainly the details of the vitamins and minerals. All the right information is printed and really all you need to know that by taking these vitamins you are taking in minerals that are known to help support brain and eye development and aid in the growth of your child. This was all I really needed to know and that was what inspired me to take these tablets.


                          I took these multi vitamins for a few months at the beginning of my pregnancy but now in the final stages I have decided that although cheap per tablet it is a rather expensive amount to pay out each month when I think I am eating a pretty healthy diet anyway.


                          I cant to be honest day that I personally felt any better taking these vitamins but I really wont be able to know if they have done any good or not to my unborn child. I think even when he is born I could never really tell if these vitamins made any difference to his health or not. However prevention is better than cure and I am sure that they have had some good effect on the development of my baby and if not at least I know I did my best.


                          The price may seem steep at first but for the peace of mind and the boost in well-needed vitamins and minerals I think the price is well worth it. These Pregnacare multivitamins are available in most chemists and are often seen on some sort of special offer available. Recommended to all expectant mothers,.

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                            Pregnacare is designed for woman planning to conceive and those who are pregnant or breast feeding. When you are pregnant or breast feeding your baby completely relies on the vitamins and minerals you take in daily - now how scary is that!

                            I wouldn't say I was an unhealthy person, I rarely drink, I don't smoke but I do not eat much fruit and vegetables. I do try and eat them but am a fussy eater. Normally I take multi vitamins daily to ensure that I get the vitamins and minerals that I need. "Normal" multi vitamins are not suitable when pregnant though as they contain too much of some things, such as Vitamin A, and not enough of others, such as Folic Acid.

                            During the first twelve weeks it is highly advisable, no matter what you eat, to take 0.4 milligrams of folic acid. This can help to aid the normal development of your baby's spinal cord, preventing neutral birth defects, such as spina bifida. Pregnacare contains this dose of folic acid, along with 16 other vitamins and minerals which are all vital for your baby's development.

                            Pregnacare was recommended to me during my first pregnancy and I had no hesitation in choosing it for this pregnancy. There is not a large choice of pregnancy vitamins and I have actually only come across three different brands. Boots have their own brand of pills and Sanatogen also offer pregnancy vitamin supplements. I have always stuck to Pregnacare as at around £5 per 30 tablets, larger 90 tablets boxes available and regular 3 for 2 offers they tend to be the more affordable of the group.

                            Pregnacare contains so much more then folic acid making it suitable throughout pregnancy and during breast feeding. As it is designed specifically for pregnant woman contains the ideal doses of vital vitamins and minerals. It contains Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Beta-carotene, Vitamin K, Iron, Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iodine and Copper. A long list I know but I think seeing it in print is one of the best ways to see just what it is you need.

                            As I have already said, when you are pregnant you need a different level and often different types of vitamins and minerals. These tablets are no substitute for eating healthily but definitely ease the extra worry. One of my concerns was that I could be taking too much vitamins and minerals but the levels are at the recommended dose and can not cause your baby any harm.

                            The tablets themselves are fairly large but I have always found them easy to swallow. You should take them with water and with food. This is to avoid feeling any sickness as taking them on an empty stomach can make you feel sick. I have never found them inconvenient to take. I tend to take the tablet with my evening meal as this is at a regular time and tends to be at home so I don't forget.

                            The tablets are slow to disperse making them gentle on your already delicate tummy. They are suitable for vegetarians and do not contain any artificial colourings or preservatives as well as no salt, fat or yeast. Importantly too Pregnacare is not tested on animals.

                            I feel like there are so many things out of my control at the moment and so many new worries and concerns. This is just one small, but vital part of my life that I can control and not have to worry about. I highly recommend this to any women planning to have a baby, pregnant or breast feeding.

                            With regular multi buy deals on Pregnacare it can cost a little as £3 a month and it is an easy and convenient way to ease any concerns you have.

                            If you do have any medical concerns about taking Pregnacare seek the advice of your doctor or midwife.

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                              30.08.2004 19:26
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                              I've read loads about what you should eat during pregnancy, 5 fruit and veg a day, carbohydrates, whole grains, lots of water, calcium, etc. Then there is the information about how these specific nutrients aid the baby's development, so you end up suspecting that if you don't get your whole quota of vitamins the baby?s growth is going to be stunted in some way. However, it's quite hard to eat in such a superbly nutritious way especially in early pregnancy. I was lucky enough to just get mild feelings of nausea in the morning rather than the whole throwing up thing. But if you do get morning sickness it can be hard to eat the perfect pregnancy diet. I did get food aversions early on that to a certain extent have lasted the whole way through. Unfortunately a lot of these aversions involve fruit, some vegetable and pasta. This is where pregna care vitamins have proved to be useful as a kind of safeguard just in case I'm missing out a bit on nutrition. From what I've read babys don?t suffer if you are slightly down on nutrients, because the developing foetus takes the nutrients it needs leaving you with what is left! So I think it's a good idea to make sure I and the baby were getting enough nutrients so I could withstand some of the physical demands of pregnancy. I started taking them when I found out I was pregnant. There are 16 different vitamins and minerals in the supplement with a combination that is specially designed for pregnancy. Folic acid is probably the most important ingredient in there. It's a crucial nutrient in pregnancy that is needed for the baby's developing brain and nerves. Folic acid deficiency in pregnancy has been linked to neural tube deficiencies such as spina bifida. It's recommended that you begin taking this supplement whilst trying to conceive as its been shown that this may reduce the risk of spina bifida. Pregna care can be taken for the whole of pregnancy and you can
                              start to take it at any time during pregnancy. It's also useful to take if breastfeeding as this makes demands on your body that requires extra nutrients. Pregna care can be purchased from all the big supermarkets, boots and chemists. It costs about 12.95 for 90 tablets and 4.95 for 30. You should take one a day after your main meal. They are no alternative to a healthy diet. I've had to remind myself of this when the urge to pig out has come upon me. I've had my moments with the chocolate and sweeties, but have reminded myself that taking vitamins doesn?t mean I can have a chocolate diet!

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                              With vitamin B12 & Folic Acid The most trusted supplement in the UK for women planning a pregnancy, already pregnant or breastfeeding.