Why has Pregnacare been developed?
During pregnancy, your baby is totally reliant on what you eat as their only source of nourishment. So even with a good diet, extra specific nutrients may be very important around the time of pregnancy. Pregnacare has been specially formulated so mothers-to-be can safeguard their extra dietary requirement without confusion about which supplements to take. Pregnacare contains a careful combination of 17 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12 and folic acid.
When is Pregnacare recommended?
Pregnacare is recommended as soon as you start trying to conceive to help safeguard your nutritional needs before you find you are pregnant; throughout the whole of your pregnancy and also whilst breast-feeding when extra demands are placed on your body. Pregnacare can be used for as long as required, and can be started at any point during pregnancy.
What do I need to know before starting to use Pregnacare?
Pregnacare has been carefully developed by a team of medical experts including highly qualified pharmacists and medical consultants, and is based upon solid scientific research evidence, as a nutritional safeguard for women from before conception, and all throughout pregnancy. Pregnacare is a multivitamin and mineral dietary supplement formulated to safeguard the nutritional needs of mother and baby. Pregnacare replaces your usual daily multivitamin. Your doctor may wish to prescribe an additional iron supplement after the 13th week of pregnancy, which may be taken with Pregnacare.
Can Pregnacare be used alongside medicines?
As a general rule, Pregnacare can be taken alongside medications because it contains only moderate levels of vitamins and minerals. However, if you are already taking prescribed supplements or medications, seek advice from your doctor or health professional first. As Pregnacare contains vitamin K, if you are taking oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) do not take Pregnacare except on the advice of a doctor.
How many tablets does one pack of Pregnacare contain?
Pregnacare is available in 30 tablet (1 month's supply) and 90 tablet (3 month's supply) packs. It is recommended to take one tablet per day.
How and when should Pregnacare be used?
One tablet per day is recommended with or immediately after your main meal, with 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. Pregnacare should only be taken on a full stomach. Always ensure that Pregnacare is taken with plenty of liquid to wash down the tablet. We do not recommend chewing the tablets because they have not been formulated as chewable preparations. Chewable tablets usually include flavourings, sweeteners and/or added ingredients to help break the tablet up in the mouth. Pregnacare tablets are suitable for vegetarians.
Are there any undesired effects whilst taking Pregnacare?
Pregnacare has no known side-effects when taken as directed. Do not exceed the recommended tablet intake. In case of overdose, seek medical advice immediately.
What are the active ingredients?
Please see nutritional information.
Some Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) levels are above 100%. Is this safe during pregnancy?
NRV levels are calculated to help prevent the most basic vitamin and mineral deficiency states. The levels contained in Pregnacare are specific to normal requirements in pregnancy. This is why some levels of nutrients in Pregnacare are higher than the NRV (e.g. folic acid, the recommended level is 200% NRV). Importantly, all levels are safe for pregnancy and well within upper safety guidelines for daily self-supplementation.
Does Pregnacare contain Vitamin A (retinol), because excess may be harmful during pregnancy?
Pregnacare does not contain any vitamin A in the multivitamin tablet which has been carefully formulated specially for pregnancy to contain a moderate (non-excessive) level of betacarotene (provided as natural mixed carotenoids) instead of vitamin A. Betacarotene (pro-retinol) is converted into vitamin A naturally by the body as required, and is safe and suitable for pregnancy.
I have been recommended by my midwife/G.P. to take a supplement containing 250 mcg of folic acid per day, only for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Is it safe to take a supplement containing folic acid (like Pregnacare ), after this time?
It is perfectly safe to take 400 mcg of folic acid per day throughout the whole of pregnancy. The U.K. Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer recommends that women planning a pregnancy should take a supplement containing 250 mcg folic acid daily, from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy. Folic acid plays a role in the process of cell division and contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. Folic acid on its own or within Pregnacare may therefore be taken throughout pregnancy. Pregnacare gives the advantage of not only providing folic acid, but other essential nutrients as well.
What happens if I forget to take my Pregnacare and miss a day?
A regular intake is recommended, but don’t worry, this will not have done any harm. Simply take Pregnacare on the next day when you remember, and take as directed. You should not take more than the recommended amount on subsequent days to make up for any day(s) that you have missed. Whilst it is important to take a supplement every day, if you miss one day this is fine because the beneficial effects of the vitamins and minerals build over time.
Difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules is fairly common - do you have any advice?
Difficulty in swallowing tablets is quite a common experience. Vitabiotics have researched this extensively, trying different methods, and hope that our tips will help you swallow tablets with ease. The usual advice for those who have difficulty in swallowing tablets, is to break the tablets into 2-3 pieces, before swallowing with plenty of liquid. For capsules (which contain liquid), and in cases where people have more difficulty in swallowing tablets we recommend after chewing some food (e.g. banana), just before you swallow, pop the tablet into your mouth and swallow it together with the chewed food, followed by some liquid. The throat opens up wider automatically to swallow the chewed food and hence the tablet should go down with greater ease. Alternatively the tablets or capsules may be swallowed with thicker liquids such as yoghurts or smoothies. We hope these tips are of help.