Are you pregnant (or thinking about trying to conceive) and unsure about why you should take a combined pregnancy vitamin supplement? Here’s ten reasons to consider it
Finding out that you are pregnant is an incredibly exciting time, but one that brings with it a whole new world of questions. What should you eat? What should you *not* eat? And where sells the best maternity jeans?!
One question you may have is around what vitamin supplement to take before and during pregnancy, especially as advice on what to take can sometimes be confusing.
As TalkMum is supported by the Pregnacare range which includes products for before, during and after pregnancy, here we’re outlining ten reasons why you should think about taking a specialist pregnancy supplement:
1. Taking a combined pregnancy multivitamin can help support a healthy, well-balanced diet to make sure you give your body all the nutrition it needs at this crucial time when you’re trying to conceive (TTC). If you’re thinking about trying for a baby, did you know that you may be low in B vitamins if you’ve been taking the contraceptive pill for a long time? And like many people you might not have the most balanced diet pre-pregnancy, especially if you work hard - and socialise frequently - too
2. Pregnacare pregnancy supplements contain Department of Health-recommended levels of 400mcg folic acid which you’re advised to start taking at least three months prior to starting TTC and during the first three months of pregnancy, to help prevent neural tube defects (here’s why folic acid is so important). It is also recommended that vitamin B12 is taken with folic acid at this time
3. Finally had that positive test? A combined supplement specifically for pregnancy like Pregnacare contains everything you need to help support a healthy pregnancy, including vitamin B12, iodine and zinc
4. Taking a supplement is especially important for women who might be unaware that they are deficient in these key vitamins
5. Public Health England recommend that everyone take a daily supplement dose of 10mcg vitamin D, this includes pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children under five. So make sure you look for this level in a combined pregnancy supplement, in addition to folic acid. Why is this important? Find out here
6. You may also want to consider taking an additional supplement of Omega-3 with DHA, which is especially important during pregnancy as it contributes to normal brain and eye development of the foetus (this is available in Pregnacare Plus and Max)
7. Suffering from terrible first trimester morning sickness or finding that all food makes you want to run, screaming, from the kitchen? Taking a pregnancy supplement will help safeguard nutritional intake during a time when it might be slightly tricky to maintain a balanced diet and when you might have aversions to certain healthy foods, or cravings for those really unhealthy ones
8. As Pregnacare combines the important nutrients in one tablet, including folic acid, vitamin D and B12 there’s no need to take several tablets at once – and you can rest assured that it means you’re taking the safe and recommended levels of nutrients for pregnancy
9. If you struggle with swallowing tablets, you can now take new Pregnacare Liquid, developed for women who may prefer a different format
10. And finally, pregnancy supplements are incredibly cost-effective. If you break down the cost, they work out at around 20p-50p per day. Which is nothing compared to your daily coffee shop caffeine fix or those expensive, super-cute and super-pricey patterned baby gros you’ll soon be buying in bulk!