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Pregnacare Plus

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Specially developed for mums-to-be, Pregnacare Plus provides comprehensive nutritional support without the confusion – with 19 nutrients and a special Omega-3 capsule containing 300mg DHA.

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Specially developed for mums-to-be, Pregnacare Plus provides comprehensive nutritional support without the confusion – with 19 nutrients and a special Omega-3 capsule containing 300mg DHA.

  • The original pregnancy multivitamin with an additional Omega-3 capsule
  • Maternal intake contributes to normal foetal brain & eye development**
  • High-purity, high-quality fish oil, certified by Friend of the Sea
  • The UK’s No.1 pregnancy supplement brand

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20 Nutrients, including:
Folic Acid

Contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division

iron

Specifically formulated with an ideal, moderate level of iron

Iodine

Contributes to normal production of thyroid hormones and function

Omega-3 DHA

Maternal intake contributes to normal foetal brain & eye development

B Vitamins

Vitamins B2, B6, B12 contribute to normal red blood cell formation

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Pregnacare Plus Formula

Pregnacare® vitamin & mineral tablets plus Omega-3 capsules for pregnancy

 

Multi-nutrient Tablet

Nutritional Information Average per tablet % EC NRV*

Vitamin D (as D3 400 IU)

10 µg

200

Vitamin E

4 mg α-TE

33

Vitamin K

70 µg

93

Vitamin C

70 mg

88

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

3 mg

273

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

2 mg

143

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

20 mg NE

125

Vitamin B6

10 mg

714

Folic Acid

400 µg

200

Vitamin B12

6 µg

240

Biotin

150 µg

300

Pantothenic Acid

6 mg

100

Magnesium

150 mg

40

Iron

17 mg

121

Zinc

15 mg

150

Copper

1000 µg

100

Selenium

30 µg

55

Iodine

150 µg

100

Betacarotene (Natural Source)

2mg

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*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value, µg = microgram
mg = milligram, IU = International Units

 

Omega-3 DHA Capsule

Ingredients

Bulking Agent: Maltodextrin, Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid [Carriers: Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose & Tartaric Acid]), Ferrous Fumarate, Tablet Coating (Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Caprilic / Capric Triglycerides, Natural Source Colours [Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides], Glycerin, Purified Talc), Zinc Sulphate, Anti-Caking Agents: Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate, Niacin (as Nicotinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl), Betacarotene (Carriers: Starch, Water, Antioxidant: DL-Alpha Tocopherol), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Salt), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin [Carriers: Maltodextrin, Trisodium Citrate, Citric Acid]), Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acid Succinate) (from Soya), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol [Carriers: Acacia, Sucrose, Corn Starch, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Antioxidant: DL-Alpha Tocopherol]), Thiamin (Vitamin B1 as Mononitrate), Riboflavin, Copper Sulphate, Vitamin K (Vitamin K1 [Carriers: Acacia & Sucrose]), Folic Acid (as Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid), Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Sodium Selenate. Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

 
Nutritional Information Average per capsule % EC NRV*

Omega-3 Fish Oil

600 mg

Providing:

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)

300 mg

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EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)

60 mg

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*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value, µg = microgram
mg = milligram, IU = International Units

Ingredients

Omega-3 Fish Oil (Docosahexaenoic Acid Concentrate) (from Fish), Capsule Shell: Pharmaceutical Grade Gelatin (Bovine Source), Glycerin & Natural Flavour Lemon Oil. Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

Directions

ONE TABLET (GREEN BLISTER) PER DAY, PLUS ONE CAPSULE (PINK BLISTER) PER DAY TAKE WITH YOUR MAIN MEAL.

Swallow with water or a cold drink. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed the recommended intake. To be taken only on a full stomach.

  • Free from artificial colours, yeast, preservatives & lactose
  • Gluten free
  • Pregnacare is not tested on animals

Food Supplement

Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. As with other food supplements, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using if you are under medical supervision, have epilepsy, a thyroid condition, haemochromatosis, suffer from food allergies, or are allergic to any of the ingredients

Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Made in a site that may handle nuts.

As Pregnacare contains vitamin K, if you are taking oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) do not take Pregnacare except on the advice of a doctor. This product contains iron, which if taken in excess, may be harmful to very young children.

Store below 25°C in a dry place, out of sight and reach of children.

Pregnacare Plus FAQ

Why has Pregnacare Plus been developed? 

During pregnancy, your baby is 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 Plus dual pack provides the original fully comprehensive Pregnacare multivitamin tablet including 400μg folic acid plus an Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA contributes to normal brain and eye development in the foetus**. Pregnacare Plus contains the exact level recommended by international experts in lipid nutrition*** for pregnant and lactating women, plus 60mg EPA.

Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important?

Adults can obtain DHA and EPA indirectly through the conversion of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), present in vegetable oils such as linseed but this process is very inefficient. Fish oils provide a much more reliable, direct source of DHA and EPA. The foetus and infant in early life need to receive these fatty acids directly as they only have a limited capability to convert essential fatty acids to more active long chain fatty acids such as DHA.

When is Pregnacare Plus recommended?

Pregnacare Plus is recommended as soon as you start trying to conceive to help safeguard your nutritional needs before you find you are pregnant and throughout the whole of your pregnancy. Pregnacare Plus can be used for as long as required, and can be started at any point during pregnancy.

How pure is the fish oil in Pregnacare Plus? 

What the mother consumes has the potential to be passed on to the developing child, therefore only the purest pharmaceutical grade fish oil, has been used in Pregnacare Plus capsules. To ensure maximum benefit the oil is carefully concentrated to increase its DHA and EPA content and further purified. Each batch is rigorously tested, certified, and fully compliant with stringent EC and WHO rules on environmental pollutants.

What do I need to know before starting to use Pregnacare Plus ?
 

Pregnacare Plus 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 throughout all of pregnancy. Pregnacare Plus is a multivitamin and fish oil supplement formulated to safeguard the nutritional needs of mother and baby. Pregnacare Plus 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 Plus.

Can Pregnacare Plus be used alongside medicines?

As a general rule, Pregnacare Plus 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 Plus contains vitamin K, if you are taking oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) do not take Pregnacare Plus except on the advice of a doctor.

How many tablets and capsules does one pack of Pregnacare Plus contain?

Pregnacare Plus contains 28 prenatal micronutrient tablets and 28 Omega 3 DHA capsules. It is recommended to take one of each per day.

How and when should Pregnacare Plus be used?

One tablet and one capsule per day is recommended with or immediately after your main meal, with water or a cold drink. Taking Pregnacare Plus with a large meal maximises the absorption of the nutrients, and can reduce nausea which is sometimes experienced if supplements are taken on an empty stomach. Pregnacare Plus should only be taken on a full stomach. Always ensure that Pregnacare Plus is taken with plenty of liquid to wash down the tablet and capsule. We do not recommend chewing the tablets or capsules because they have not been formulated as chewable preparations.

Are there any undesired effects whilst taking Pregnacare Plus?

Pregnacare Plus has no known side-effects when taken as directed. Do not exceed the recommended tablet/capsule intake. In case of overdose, seek medical advice immediately.

Need help swallowing a tablet or capsule?
 

Difficulty in swallowing tablets and capsules is quite a common experience. Vitabiotics have researched this extensively and recommend after chewing some food (e.g. banana), just before you swallow, pop it into your mouth and swallow it together with the chewed food, followed by some liquid. The throat opens up wider to swallow the chewed food and so it should go down with greater ease. Alternatively, the tablets or capsules may be swallowed with thicker liquids such as yoghurts or smoothies.

Is Pregnacare Plus suitable for vegetarians?
 

No Pregnacare Plus is not suitable for vegetarians as it contains fish oil in a pharmaceutical grade gelatin capsule. Adults can obtain DHA and EPA indirectly through the conversion of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), present in vegetable oils such as linseed but this process is very inefficient. Pregnacare Plus contains fish oil as it provides a much more reliable, direct source of DHA and EPA.

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 Plus are specific to normal requirements in pregnancy. This is why some levels of nutrients in Pregnacare Plus 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 Plus contain Vitamin A (retinol), because excess may be harmful during pregnancy?
 

Pregnacare Plus does not contain any vitamin A either in the multivitamin tablet or the special fish oil DHA capsule. The multivitamin tablet has been carefully formulated specially for pregnancy to contain a moderate (non-excessive) level of betacarotene 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. The Omega 3 capsule in Pregnacare Plus is produced from fish oils that are certified free from Vitamin A and therefore safe to take throughout pregnancy.

Why does Pregnacare Plus not include calcium, which is important during pregnancy?
 

Calcium is an essential mineral, however, it has not been included in the Pregnacare Plus formula since it is not possible to include a meaningful amount in the one-a-day multivitamin tablet. Rather that including just a token amount of calcium, as some products show on the label, Pregnacare Plus has been designed so that it can be used with the Vitabiotics Osteocare range of calcium products

I have been recommended by my midwife/G.P. to take a supplement containing 400µg 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 Plus ), after this time? 

It is perfectly safe to take 400µg 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 400µg folic acid daily, from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy as folic acid has a role in the process of cell division. However, folic acid can be taken throughout pregnancy, not just up to the 12th week of pregnancy, since it plays other important roles later in pregnancy such as contributing to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy. Folic acid on its own or within Pregnacare Plus may therefore be taken throughout pregnancy. Pregnacare Plus gives the advantage of not only providing folic acid, but other essential nutrients as well.

What happens if I forget to take my Pregnacare Plus and miss a day?
 

A regular intake is recommended, but don't worry, this will not have done any harm. Simply take Pregnacare Plus 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.

How to subscribe to Pregnacare Plus?

Each Pregnacare Plus pack contains 28 days supply (4 weeks). We recommend subscribing to 1 pack every 4 weeks.

In the most special nine months of your life, you and your baby deserve the most special level of care. That’s why Pregnacare Plus combines a comprehensive multivitamin with Omega-3 fatty acids providing 300mg DHA, which contributes to normal brain and eye development of the foetus.

Certified by Friend of the Sea

No Preservatives

Gluten Free

No Lactose

Pregnacare is not tested on animals

Number 1

Government Recommendation
This product contains 400mcg of folic acid
The UK Dep. of Health recommends all women planning a baby should take a supplement containing 400mcg of folic acid, the exact amount contained in Pregnacare Plus. It is recommended that 400mcg of folic acid be taken from the start of trying to conceive until the 12th week of pregnancy.
This product contains  400mcg of folic acid
Studies
Pregnacare includes essential Iodine
As widely reported, a study published in The Lancet, reveals that Iodine intake is essential in pregnancy. Pregnacare has always included a sensible, balanced level of essential Iodine. - www.thelancet.com Published online May 22, 2013
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