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Brand: Sanatogen / Type: Vitamin supplement

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      30.10.2011 12:41
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      A great vitamin supplement for people trying to conceive

      Why we took these?
      As with most couples trying to conceive we were well aware of the need for me as the mum to take folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, but after a month of trying and not conceiving we decided it was also time for my husband to take some tablets to make sure he was producing good healthy sperm too. More is gradually becoming known about the role sperm places in healthy conception with news articles on a monthly basis now on the risks of older fathers such as increasing the chances of Down syndrome. Though men still produce sperm till if male celebrities are too believed into their 70's the quality of this goes down. With this in mind and my husband not being old but in his late 30's we thought it better to ere on the side of caution and to increase his zinc intake and other vitamins and minerals too. Zinc plays a huge part in male reproduction so with these tablets combining this with other essentials we thought it was worth a try.

      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.

      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 the mother to be tablets 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 fetal growth and is vital for cell division from a single cell to a fully developed baby.

      What the pack contains
      Each pack contains one bottle of 30 tablets for the mum to be in a pretty pink and white bottle. The bottle for the father to be is predictably white and blue for boys also with 30 tablets in.

      Taking the tablets
      The tablets are easy to take and are a long oblong shape that is again colour coded per gender. Neither of us had any problems swallowing them. I had been taking the mother to be vitamins that are available individually for a couple of months prior to trying to conceive as recommend by my GP. My husband however only started the husband to be tablets in the second month of trying. We had no idea how long these would take to get into his system and I could find very little information telling you when to start taking these to improve the sperm production and quality. With this in mind we were not sure how much benefit we would notice from these in the first month and we didn't conceive then. Whether this was down to circumstances or sperm quality it is impossible to tell but in the second month after he had a full months supply in his system we were successful and conceived. Now whether this was due to the tablets or the sperm friendly lubricant or would have happened naturally it is impossible to tell. But I like to think it is a combination of these factors and that all these small changes helped improve the chances and reduced the length of time to 3 months rather than the average 6 months it takes to conceive naturally.

      As I am only 15 weeks pregnant now it is still too soon to tell if the tablets have had any effect for me as yet in having a child that doesn't have any neural tube deficits. But our initial Nuchal Scan and blood tests for Down syndrome and two other genetic disorders have reduce the statically likely hood from 1 in 202 for my age to now 1 in 1100 so I am hopefully that these tablets have helped us in reducing our risks in this area.

      Given that so far in my pregnancy I have suffered from both fatigue and morning sickness I also feel a lot happier about taking the mother to be vitamins as it makes me think I am doing something to help my unborn child as I can't always face food so it is important I do get my dose of vitamins for the growth of my child and by taking these vitamins it gives me the reassurance I am doing the best for my child. To help me keep it down I would take it with milk 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.

      What is in the mother to be?
      Typical values %RDA Per tablet

      Vitamin D 200 10μg
      Vitamin E 71 8.5mg α - TE
      Vitamin C 113 90mg
      (Vitamin B1) 145 1.6mg
      (Vitamin B2) 129 1.8mg
      Niacin 119 19mg NE
      Vitamin B6 186 2.6mg
      Folic Acid (Folacin) 200 400μg
      Vitamin B12 100 2.5μg
      Biotin 400 200μg
      Pantothenic Acid 145 8.7mg
      Calcium 21 170mg
      Phosphorus 19 133.3mg
      Iron 100 14mg
      Magnesium 27 100mg
      Zinc 75 7.5mg
      Copper 100 1000μg
      Manganese 50 1mg

      What is in the father to be?
      Typical values %RDA Per tablet

      Vitamin D 90 4.5μg
      Vitamin E 83 10mg α - TE
      Vitamin C 69 55mg
      (Vitamin B1) 127 1.4mg
      (Vitamin B2) 114 1.6mg
      Niacin 113 18mg NE
      Vitamin B6 143 2mg
      Folic Acid (Folacin) 100 200μg
      Vitamin B12 40 1μg
      Biotin 300 150μg
      Pantothenic Acid 100 6mg
      Vitamin K 27 20μg
      Calcium 25 200mg
      Phosphorus 21 145mg
      Iron 100 14mg
      Magnesium 27 100mg
      Zinc 150 15mg
      Iodine 100 150μg
      Copper 100 1000μg
      Manganese 50 1mg
      Chromium 63 25μg
      Selenium 91 50μg

      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. The inclusion in this pack of the male vitamins to help produce health sperm was also an important deciding factor for us. So far the supermarkets don't appear to be making these and the choice is between these tablets and the pregnacare ones. For us we based the decision to have these on cost as these tablets were about £5 cheaper a pack compared to the other brand both packs include the high levels of Zinc and folic acid for the men too.

      I would definitely recommend these to couples trying to conceive. They are often on offer in Boots on the 3 for 2 offers which gives you a chance to stock up prior to trying. At around £14 for the pack I do think they are expensive but worth it as I think they helped use conceive quicker and hopefully have a healthy child. Now we have conceive I have gone back to taking just the mother to be tablets that are available in single packs.


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