“ Brand: Tesco / Dosage: Capsules „
As any woman trying to conceive will probably know, or have been informed by friends/mums/nurses, you should be taking folic acid supplements as soon as you decide you want to try for a baby. Folic acid supplements should be taken from when you are trying to conceive right up to week 12 of pregnancy. It is important as it has been proven to prevent birth defects to the neural tube - like spina bifida.
When I decided that I would like to conceive a few years ago (which resulted in my now almost 2 year old son), these were the folic acid supplements that I took. Although I did switch to other more all round prenatal vitamins when I found out I was pregnant, I believe that these helped me to ensure that my son got off to the best possible start in life.
These are available in jars of 90 or 120 tablets. The 90 tablets cost £1 and are also available on Tesco's 3 for 2 deal, so you can get 240 tablets for £2. The jars are like all vitamin type jars - a white plastic base with a plastic lid which is child proof. The lid and labelling on these is bright yellow. Inside, the tablets are a pale yellow in colour and disc shaped. They are much smaller than any vitamin pill I have taken previously (the size is displayed on the side of the jar too). This makes them really easy to swallow. They need to be taken once a day with food. Therefore a pot of these lasts 90 days - great value for £1.
Obviously, as with all vitamins, it is hard to differentiate the effects of these from other brands or even say how well they work! But, they contain the necessary folic acid to help baby develop well and they are easy to take. Couple that with the fact they are a great price, these are a definite winner for me and completely recommendable!
Women trying to conceive are advised to take folic acid and continue for the first three months of pregnancy. This is because folic acid is crucial in the early stages of pregnancy, helping to prevent spina bifida and although it is widely available in food, many women do not get enough from their diet. Folic acid is readily available to buy, at a variety of prices, and in combination with other vitamins and minerals that may or may not be helpful. Since it could be months, if not years before conception is achieved it may well be best to stick to the cheap and straightforward variants of this supplement. Most of the supermarket chains sell their own brand of folic acid, often in the 'women's health' section. Wilkinson's also sell it and for the record they were often cheapest when I took these. Brunel healthcare had the most amusing depiction of a pregnant lady, stick-person style. Boots had the most eye catching tub in silver and purple, but the contents did not vary that much in terms of taste, size or appearance.
The Tesco folic acid tablets come in a plastic tub with a screw cap. The sides of the cap have to be pushed in before the cap can be twisted off. This is a good safety feature and not one that prohibits entry to all comers, being quite manageable with regular strength in the hands. You get 120 tablets which are very small and easy to swallow. They are a creamy yellow colour and are probably fairly bland tasting, though they bypassed my taste buds very quickly generally, being an item consumed for purpose not pleasure. There is no noticeable smell either: good news for when you become pregnant as your sense of smell can be enhanced!
The Tesco folic acid tablets are one of the cheaper options and I see no reason not to recommend them.
Most people have heard how folic acid is really important to take during the first three months of pregnancy, and when me and my boyfriend started trying a few months ago, I picked on of these bottles up from Tesco straight away! I paid around £1.30 for a bottle of 120 tablets, which I think is quite cheap as my friend told me she had paid £4.99 for a bottle of 180 from boots, so Tesco's does work out a lot cheaper.
You should try and take folic acid around 6 months before trying to conceive, as well as during the first three months you are pregnant. Folic acid is really important to help the development of a babys spinal cord. It reduces the risk of your baby being born with a spinal problem such as spina bifida. Also folic acid reduces the risk of cleft palate, a heart defect and premature labour, so there are loads of reasons why you should make sure you take your folic acid!
You can get folic acid too from your diet. Foods such as lentils, leafy greens, citrus fruits, kidney beans, broccoli, fortified breads and cereals, contain folic acid, so it is easy to get it through your diet, however if you don't really like many of these foods, (which I don't !) then it is important to get extra in your diet by taking this vitamin.
This Tesco folic acid comes in a yellow tub, the lid is really easy to open, and close again. The tablets are actually so small, they are so easy to take, nobody should have a problem swallowing these, they are so small! You should take them with water, and you only need to take one a day, as each tablet contains 400micrograms of folic acid, which is the recommend daily amount you should have while pregnant or trying to conceive.
These tablets are great for piece of mind that you are getting the folic acid you need, if you don't get what you need form your diet, they are cheap, easy to swallow, and the tub is a handy size just to keep in your bag with you so, you never forget to take it!
Being diabetic I have to be careful with things like what I eat and drink, however I also have to take various precautions for the future, one thing I was informed by my doctors was that if I was going to try for a baby I would need to take folic acid both before and during pregnancy to help with the development of the baby. I was advised to start taking it as soon as possible, I didn't want to spend a fortune on it especially as I didn't know how long I would be taking it for so I decided to head to my local Tesco and have a look at the vitamins sections, I was pleased to see that they did their own brand at a very reasonable price so I decided to give these a go.
Folic Acid is very important as it can help prevent birth defects like neural tube defects for example spina bifida. The advise is that you should like folic acid before you conceive until you are 12 weeks pregnant, if you do not take it before you fall pregnant it is important to start taking it straight away. There are certain groups of people who may need a slightly higher dose of folic acid compared to everyone else, these include if you are taking medicine for epilepsy, you have colieac disease, you have already had a baby with spina bifida or if like me you are diabetic, I fall into this category and now take a higher dose of folic acid, although I did not know this to start with and was on the lower regular dose for several months. There are foods which you can eat that contain folic acid which can also help your intake, these include
* Leafy green vegetables
* Brown rice
* Some cereals
* Brown bread
I do eat some of these although I am a very fussy eater so I definitely need the extra in tablet form, especially with me being diabetic as well.
Tesco folic acid comes in a small yellow and white plastic pot, the pot itself is mainly white with a bright yellow label wrapped around the middle of it. The label has a black band around the top of it with "Woman's health" written inside it, just below this is the silhouette of a pregnant woman and the Tesco logo along with the words "Folic Acid" this is written in black so that it stands out against the yellow background. There is also a sentence about the folic acid stating that folic acid helps with the development of your baby before and during pregnancy. There is a second slightly thicker black band at the bottom of the label saying there is 120 tablets in the pot and also the recommended dose. There is further information about folic acid on the back of the bottle, this contains information such as ingredients and why you should take folic acid, this is all very clearly written in easy to read and understand. The pot has a large yellow plastic lid similar to that of other medicine bottles which contain a security cap, to remove the lid from the pot you simply squeeze the two sides and twist in the direction of the arrow shown on the lid.
The Folic Acid comes in tablet form, I was pleased to see that the tablets were extremely small no more than a couple of millimetres in diameter if that. They are pale yellow in colour and have a smooth outer, this I found made them easier to swallow, I'm not sure if that is why they were designed like that or if its just me but the slightly shiny outer surface definitely helped me to get them down. The folic acid tablets have no actual smell to them, again I was pleased about this because I cannot stand tablets which smell, it really puts me off taking them and makes me feel quite sick.
The Tesco Folic Acid tablets do not have a long list of ingredients, and from what i have seen when I have compared other brands the ingredients in Folic Acid tablets are pretty much the same. Anyway the ingredients in these particular ones are
* Magnesium Stearate
* Folic Acid
After reading that back of the pot I have it appears that there is very little in these tablets that could cause an allergic reactions as they state that they are free from
Personally I feel that some of the items listed are a bit strange as I would never have thought things like fish and egg would appear in this sort of thing, but obviously it does otherwise they wouldn't put it, but Tesco Folic Acid tablets are free from these items. It is still important to check the ingredients on the back of the pot before taking these and consult your doctor first just in case there is something obviously listed that may not agree with you. Also should any problems occur from taking these tablets it is important to stop taking them immediately and again speak to your GP.
The recommended dosage on the packaging of Tesco Folic acid is 400mg per day, this equals one tablet, so all you need to take is one if these tablets a day which really isn't that bad. I use to take mine every morning a little while before breakfast. I still do the same with my higher dose and again that is just one tablet as well. It states on the back of the bottle that this dose my not be exceeded, it does not say the effect of taking too much Folic Acid but it definitely isn't worth risking it.
I purchased my Folic Acid from Tesco and brought their own brand, a pot of 120 tablets cost me just £1.37 which i thought was a real bargain, however all items in this range are currently on offer where you can purchase 3 pots for the price of 2 so if you are currently taking this or plan on starting folic acid now is a good time to stock up. However even without the offer I still feel £1.37 is a good price for 120 tablets, they are much cheaper compared to some other brands of Folic Acid and contain exactly the same ingredients and measurements of Folic Acid.
Actually giving my opinion of Tesco Folic Acid tablets is a bit difficult as I do not feel any different for taking them, although I don't think you are supposed to. However they are worth taking especially if you are planning on starting a family or are already pregnant as it will help to give you baby a good start. They are reasonably priced and you get several weeks worth of tablets per pot so one pot will last a while. The tablets are not hard to swallow, they are very small so even people who struggle with taking tablets should manage these, I'm not that good when it comes to tablets but have always been ok with these as they are so small. I would definitely recommend Tescos own brand Folic Acid tablets.
With all the advice out there nowadays, I knew it was important to get folic acid into my body even before thinking of trying for a baby. So when my husband and I first decided that the time was right to think about trying for our own family, I went out looking for some folic acid supplments. Since, I tend to do my weekly grocery shopping in Tesco, this happened to be the first place I looked, and seeing what I wanted, I picked up a little bottle of Folic Acid tablets, for a very reasonable price of just over £1.30 for 120 tablets.
There has been some suggestion that you should actually take Folic Acid twelve weeks before aiming to become pregnant, however I'm afraid I had only been taking it for a month before we found out, which my midwife assures me is ideal. You shouldn't only rely on folic acid tablets of course, and you can increase your folic acid intact though leafy greens, kiwi fruit and even many breakfast cereals. In saying that, if you end up suffering from morning sickness you diet will obviously be a lot more limited, and I know that I was very glad of these supplements, as I'm sure I wouldn't have been getting enough through diet alone in those early days after conception.
Not only are you meant to take Folic Acid before conception, but up to the 12th week of pregnancy. This Tesco tablets off a daily dosage of 400mg. Now, I hate taking tablets, and find it very difficult to swallow them, the bigger they get, however there really is no problem with these tablets, as they are really tiny. If you hate swallowing like me, you could probably even put into something in your food, especially since it actually recommends on the back of the pack that you take your tablet with a meal. I was able to swallow them no problem due to their size.
Folic Acid is supposed to play a big part of the development of the baby;s spine and help prevent against neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Now, obviously me baby hasn't been born yet, but according to all the scans and measurements taken, the baby is looking very healthy at the moment.
Taking these folic acid tablets, really isn't a chore before and during pregnancy, and in fact, there was enough in the bottle to last me right up until my twelth week of pregnancy when, as advised I stopped tkaing them. Given their size they are very very easy to swallow, and it is just about getting in to the habit ot taking one everyday with your meal. I used to take mine with my breakfast in the morning, and would have just left out one to force me to ensure I had taken it. For the very reasonable price of around £1.30 for a bottle of 120, this is not an expensive or time consuming way of doing everything you can to help the development of your unborn baby, and I am certainly glad that I took it during that time. As I said earlier, it is also useful when you aren't mayble feeling so well, and you diet is poor during the first trimester, and you can be sure that your child is at least getting some of the essential vitamins that it needs, even if, at that time, you don't seem to be due to sickness! A great product at a reasonable price from Tesco!