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What’s inside Pregnacare?

A multivitamin backed by science

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Folic Acid contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy

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Zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction

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Vitamin D has an important role in the process of cell division

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Vitamin B2 and B12 contribute to maintenance of normal red blood cell formation

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Magnesium, iron and niacin contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

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Omega-3 DHA maternal intake contributes to normal foetal brain & eye development**

These are core nutrients. For a comprehensive nutrients list, please refer to the individual product pages
**A beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200mg DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids for adults. Omega-3 is included in Pregnacare Max and Pregnacare Plus.
Magnesium is not present in Liquid or Gummies

Did you know

Pregnancy can make your feet grow.

This is due to the loosening of your ligaments making your feet wider due to dropped arches, pregnancy weight gain and the associated swelling. What a perfect excuse to shop for some new shoes!

Your heart grows bigger while you're pregnant.

To help pump all that extra blood around the body, the heart has to increase in size.

Men can also experience pregnancy symptoms.

‘Couvade Syndrome’ or ‘Sympathetic Pregnancy’ is a proposed condition where some men experience weight gain, nausea and swelling in tandem with an expectant mother.

It is not unusual to crave non-food items when you’re pregnant.

30% of women have cravings for non-food items during pregnancy, this is known as ‘Pica’. Some peculiar non-food cravings recorded include soap, chalk, paper & stones.

Babies can hear their mother's voice from inside the womb.

At about 18 weeks, a foetus is able to hear sounds. By 25-26 weeks, it is more responsive to noises and responds in the womb.

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Study on Vitamin D in Pregnancy

The groundbreaking study investigated the effect of multiple-micronutrient supplementation on maternal nutrient status, infant birth weight and gestational age at birth in a low-income, multi-ethnic population. British Journal of Nutrition (2010), 104, 437-445.

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An original study using Pregnacare assessed the effect of supplementation of vitamin D throughout pregnancy on vitamin D status of women and on the cord blood of their infants. (Alhomaid, R., Mulhern, M., Cassidy, L., Laird, E., Healy, M., Strain, S., Livingstone MBE, Parker MJ & McCann, M. (2020). Effect of vitamin D supplementation on Vitamin D status in pregnant women: Findings from the MO-VITD study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 79(OCE2), E99).

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Bliss
Bliss is the UK's leading charity for babies born premature or sick. Their work empowers families, influences policy, and enables life-changing research. We support bliss with ongoing advertising and we are proud to support the Bliss Video Call Support Service.
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IFsbh
The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus is a global organisation with a mission to reduce the incidence of spina bifida and hydrocephalus by prevention, human rights education, political advocacy, research and community building. Pregnacare is the principal partner of the Global Prevention Initiative, which promotes prevention of neural tube defects which may include Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 supplementation

Frequently Asked Questions

What Vitamins Should I Take During Pregnancy?

The UK Department of Health recommend a daily intake of 400µg of Folic Acid from before pregnancy until the 12th week of pregnancy (the end of the first trimester). This is to reduce the risk of problems in the baby’s development in the early weeks of pregnancy. Folic Acid contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

The UK Department of Health also recommend that everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10µg of Vitamin D during the autumn and winter.

Pregnacare multivitamins for when you are pregnant contain the recommend levels of 400µg of Folic Acid and 10µg of Vitamin D. Adequate intake of these plus other nutrients including Vitamin B12 and Iodine are essential to ensure a healthy pregnancy:

Vitamin B12 is advocated by experts (Prof John Scott, Shine report 2012) to be taken alongside Folic Acid. Iodine contributes to normal cognitive development and also contributes to the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function. Zinc contributes to normal reproductive health.

Pregnacare supplements provide ideal moderate levels of Iron for suitable for pregnancy. Iron contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin. Vitamin B6 also contributes to normal red blood cell formation.

For additional nutritional support:

  • Calcium (as found in Pregnacare Max) contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
  • Omega-3 capsules (as found in Pregnacare Plus and Max) provide 300mg DHA. Maternal intake of DHA contributes to normal development of the eye and brain of the foetus. (A daily intake of 200mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA for adults).
When Should You Start Taking Vitamins During Pregnancy?

It is recommended by the UK Department of Health that 400µg of Folic Acid be taken from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy. Supplemental folic acid intake increases maternal folate status. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

You should consider taking prenatal vitamins when you're thinking about and trying for a baby (TTC) - aim for 3 months ahead of conception, Try Pregnacare Conception for women or Pregnacare Him and Her for couples.

Prenatal multivitamins can be taken as soon as it’s confirmed you are pregnant, 400µg of Folic Acid is recommended by the UK Department of Health for at least the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid is also beneficial beyond 12 weeks as it contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

Pregnacare multivitamins can be taken throughout the whole of pregnancy. Choose from Pregnacare OriginalGummiesLiquidPlus or Max.

Which Pregnacare Is Best During Pregnancy?

Choose from the Pregnacare products that have been expertly formulated for during pregnancy.
Each of the products includes the 400µg of Folic Acid and 10µg of Vitamin D as recommended by the UK Department of Health for when you are pregnant.

Choose from:

  • Pregnacare Original – with 19 vitamins and minerals including the 400µg of Folic Acid and 10µg of Vitamin D as recommended by the UK Department of Health.
  • Pregnacare Gummies provide 17 and Pregnacare Liquid provides 18 vitamins and minerals, both are a good alternative to swallowing tablets.
  • Pregnacare Plus provides all the benefits of Original plus an Omega-3 capsule which provides 300mg DHA. Maternal intake of DHA contributes to the normal development of the eye and brain of the foetus. (A daily intake of 200mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA for adults).
  • Pregnacare Max includes all the benefits of Pregnacare Plus, plus L-Methylfolate, a more readily bio-available form of Folic Acid, and 500mg Calcium which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
Which Pregnacare To Take In The First Trimester?

All Pregnacare products that have been expertly formulated at safe and moderate levels for during pregnancy. The UK Department of Health recommend a daily intake of 400µg of Folic Acid from before pregnancy for the first 12 weeks (the end of the first trimester). Each of the Pregnacare products includes the 400µg of Folic Acid, plus other important nutrients to safeguard your diet during pregnancy. The careful and balanced Pregnacare formulas can be taken throughout pregnancy.

Which Pregnacare To Take In The Second Trimester?

Pregnacare products that have been expertly formulated for during pregnancy, including the 2nd trimester (as well and the 1st and 3rd trimesters). The Pregnacare range has been carefully developed by experts so that all the ingredient levels are within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive.

Choose from Pregnacare OriginalLiquidGummiesPlus or Max. While only one of these products should be taken at any one time, you can switch between the types depending on your needs e.g. month 1 Pregnacare Liquid, month 2 Pregnacare Plus.

What Happens If You Don't Take Folic Acid During Pregnancy?

As a pregnant woman, if you do not get enough Folic Acid before pregnancy, and during the first trimester of pregnancy (first 12 weeks), your baby is at higher risk for neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are serious birth defects that affect the spine, spinal cord, or brain of the baby, including Spina Bifida. This does not mean this will occur if you do not take folic acid – it simply mean the risk is that much higher.

When Should I Start Taking Pregnacare Plus?

You can start taking Pregnacare Plus at any point during pregnancy.  Each tablet provides a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals as found in Pregnacare Original, including the exact recommended level of 400µg Folic Acid for during pregnancy, plus the additional benefits of an Omega-3 capsule, providing 300mg DHA. Maternal intake of DHA contributes to the normal development of the eye and brain of the foetus. (A daily intake of 200mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA for adults).

Is Pregnacare Plus Suitable For A Halal Diet?

Yes. All the pharmaceutical grade Gelatin we use in Pregnacare is from bovine (beef) source and is Halal certified. There are no ingredients in the Pregnacare range of products that are not suitable for a Halal diet, this includes Pregnacare Plus.

How Should You Take Pregnacare Max?

Take two Pregnacare Max tablets, plus one Omega-3 capsule every day. The tablet/capsule blister packs are marked with the days of the week to help you keep track. It is important that the two tablets and one capsule are taken per day to achieve the recommended daily intake of nutrients. Swallow the two tablets and capsule, one at a time with a cold drink and take with a main meal. Do not swallow the tablets/capsules with a hot drink, like tea or coffee, as this can cause them to disintegrate too early. The tablets/capsules are not to be chewed. Do not exceed the recommended intake.

When Can I Start Taking Pregnacare Original?

Pregnacare Original can be taken from as soon as you discover you are pregnant and throughout your pregnancy.  It is recommended by the UK Department of Health that 400µg of Folic Acid be taken from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy. Supplemental Folic Acid intake increases maternal folate status. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. Folic Acid is also beneficial beyond 12 weeks as it contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

The UK Department of Health also recommends a daily supplement containing 10 µg of Vitamin D should be considered by pregnant women. Pregnacare Original provides 10µg per daily tablet.

You could also choose from other Pregnacare products : LiquidGummiesPlus or Max. Pregnacare Liquid or Gummies are an ideal alternative to swallowing tablets. While only one of these products should be taken at any one time, you can switch between the types depending on your needs e.g. month 1 Pregnacare Liquid, month 2 Pregnacare Plus.

When To Start Taking Pregnacare Plus During Pregnancy?

Pregnacare Plus can be taken from as soon as you discover you are pregnant and throughout your pregnancy.  It is recommended by the UK Department of Health that 400µg of Folic Acid be taken from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy. The UK Department of Health also recommends a daily supplement containing 10 µg of Vitamin D should be considered by pregnant women in the autumn and winter, this is included in Pregnacare Plus.

Pregnacare Plus also includes an Omega-3 capsule, providing 300mg DHA. Maternal intake of DHA contributes to the normal development of the eye and brain of the foetus. (A daily intake of 200mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA for adults).

What’s The Difference Between Pregnacare Max And Pregnacare Plus?

Pregnacare Plus provides all the benefits of Original, with 19 vitamins and minerals, including the recommended 400µg of Folic Acid and 10µg Vitamin D. It also includes an Omega-3 capsule which provides 300mg DHA. Maternal intake of DHA contributes to the normal development of the eye and brain of the foetus. (A daily intake of 200mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of DHA for adults). Take one tablet and one capsule each day.

Pregnacare Max is the most advanced formula in the Pregnacare range. It includes all the benefits of Pregnacare Plus, plus L-Methylfolate, a more readily bio-available form of Folic Acid. It also provides 500mg Calcium which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. Take two tablets and one capsule each day.

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