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When I found out I was pregnant I, like most mothers to be, wanted to do the best for the new baby so started taking these Pregnacare multivitamins. These particular ones are suitable from the conception stage right through pregnancy and beyond while breastfeeding. I would have started taking them pre pregnancy but we got pregnant a bit quicker then I thought we would. The tablets contain the correct amount of folic acid that pregnant ladies are recommended to take and this is probably the main reason they are sold. There are two different tablets / capsules to take per day in this packet, 28 of each so it lasts 4 weeks. The price is around £15 which is very expensive if you take it from pre pregnancy and all through breastfeeding. They are often on offer in Boots on a 3 for 2 deal and I wouldn't buy them unless they were. Even with the deal they are very expensive.
Apart from the price, my two problems with these tablets are that you just can't tell if they are making a difference. Apart from the folic acid do any of the other ingredients really help? If you have a good balanced diet I'm not sure you need these. Also I was pretty lucky with not suffering badly with morning sickness but each day after taking these I felt very nauseous.
I'm not planning on having more children but if I did I think I'd opt for a basic folic acid supplement.
I was told by my midwife, as I would imagine most are, to take a pregnancy multivitamin to make sure baby has a good start in there - absolutely fine and I took this advice and bought some Pregnacare tablets. I suffered with really bad morning sickness, hanging over the toilet at most times in the day, mostly in the evenings. I was lucky in that I managed to fight off most of the sickness but I noticed something...when I accidentally forgot to take my Pregnacare for two days (I was just past the 12 week mark at this point so I was ok in terms of folic acid etc) I noticed my sickness significantly reduce. I literally didn't seem to have any whatsoever! I didn't make a link between the two at first, it was only when I took a tablet before bed after missing it for two days that I noticed a massive difference - the night I took the Pregnacare I was literally hanging over the side of my bed with a washing up bowl and spent two hours like this before I went to sleep. I didn't take my Pregnacare the next day, sensing that maybe it was related, and lo and behold, no sickness again.
I googled this to see whether taking Pregnacare can actually affect your sickness etc and apparently there is a lot of iron in Pregnacare and this can make you feel very sick/make you sick.
I switched to a boots own brand for a week and still felt slightly nauseous but no where near as bad as on the Pregnacare. I've stopped taking pregnancy vitamins altogether now because they just don't agree with me.
Pregnacare are great for getting your vital vitamins but I have a stack of separate vitamins at home that don't make me feel sick and do the same job. I would say if you are suffering really badly from morning sickness and are taking Pregnacare, try giving it a break or switching to a different brand because that could be what is causing it!
I also find Pregnacare really, really expensive - they don't need to sell it for that price and it annoys me that they do when you can get healthy start vitamins from your midwife for free/75p!!!
Not overly impressed with Pregnacare price and side effects and won't be taking them again.
If you find you have no problem with them then great but I know I'm not the only one out there!
Before our Son was born and we were trying to conceive, after a little research, I decided on taking Pregnacare, as it is recommended that women take 400ug of Folic Acid 3 months before conception and for at least 3 months after conception. Pregnacare is a vitamin and mineral tablet made by the company Vitabiotics. Pregnacare can be used before conception, during pregnancy and whilst breast feeding. There are a variety of Pregnacare tablets available from Vitabiotics: original, conception and Pregnacare Plus with Omega 3.
Pregnacare Plus with Omega 3 are the tablets I took when trying to conceive our Son and am currently taking in preparation for trying for another baby. I chose this brand of conception/pregnancy vitamins as Pregnacare Plus contains the recommended daily allowance of folic acid and 18 essential vitamins and minerals which are important for the healthy development of the baby's neural tube and nervous system. The benefits of taking Omega 3 capsules is that the fatty acids in fish oil can help support baby's brain and nerve development, eye development and growth. The capsules contain 300mg of the purest pharmaceutical grade of fish oil from Norway.
Pregnacare stand out on the shelf as they have a picture of a pregnant woman on the front. Pregnacare are more expensive than shop branded pregnancy vitamins as a month's supply will cost around £13.25. I buy them when they are on offer as they are currently 3 for 2 at Tesco's.
The box contains 30 Pregnacare tablets and 30 Omega 3 capsules. The tablets/capsules are in a blister pack - the folic acid are in a Green pack and Omega 3 capsules in a Pink pack. One tablet and one capsule need to be taken daily with water or a cold drink and taken with a main meal. Obviously Pregnacare Plus need to be taken in addition to eating a balanced diet and shouldn't replace fresh fruit and veg.
The folic acid tablets are very easy to swallow as they are oblong shaped, but as soon as it is combined with the water it makes the tablet sticky and almost chalky, so you need a lot of water to swallow it. The round fish oil capsule is fairly easy to swallow, however it often seems like it is lodged in my throat for a few minutes before it completely goes down, so I tend to drink a lot of water after. There is no taste to the tablets/capsules but with the capsule being fish oil, it can repeat on you.
I am not a scientist therefore I am not able to scientifically prove that these prenatal supplements have made a difference to my Son's development, however as Pregnacare works with the National Childbirth Trust and is supported by The Royal College of Midwives, I feel confident that I have given by Son the best start.
I would rate Pregnacare Plus with Omega 3 five stars as I don't feel there could be any disadvantages to wanting to give baby the best start. The prenatal supplements are expensive, but I feel that they are worth the money.
For further information, please visit: www.pregnacare.com
Thanks for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2010
Provides:28 x Original Pregnacare Prenatal Vitamin Tablets plus 28 x Omega-3 DHA Capsules For Pregnancy.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.