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Vitabiotics, Pregnacare Plus, 28 capsules

Product Code: VIT-PREG56

Special Price £11.91

Regular Price: £13.23

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28capsules/28 tablets

Pregnacare Plus is the ideal formula for every stage of pregnancy - from before conception, throughout pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. The dual pack provides the original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers all the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400mcg folic acid.

Pregnacare Plus also offers an additional Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) for healthy foetal brain and eye development and Arachidonic Acid (AA). Each 600mg fish oil capsule contains 300mg DHA, 60mg EPA and Arachidonic Acid.

Pregnacare Plus has been specially developed so that mothers-to-be can safeguard their extra dietary requirements, without confusion about which supplements to take.

28 x Pregnacare multi-nutrient tablets with 400mcg Folic Acid
Pregnacare Tablets contain a careful formulation of 19 nutrients vital for both mother and baby. These include vitamin B12 and folic acid at the exact level recommended for the development of the unborn baby. Pregnacare has been carefully developed by experts so that all ingredient levels are within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive. Some pregnancy multivitamins lack all the important basic minerals such as essential zinc and iron, however with Pregnacare you can be sure of the minerals you need to safeguard the diet, all at sensible, moderate levels.

28 x Omega-3 Marine Oil capsules with 300mg DHA

The capsules contain special high purity fish oil, which are a rich source of the important Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are especially vital during pregnancy as they are the building blocks of the baby's eyes and brain. DHA is the most important fatty acid required for healthy brain and eye development of the foetus. Each capsule also contains 60 mg EPA, which helps to maintain optimum brain function and cell signalling.

One Pregnacare Omega-3 Marine Oil capsule per day provides 300 mg DHA, the level recommended by international experts in lipid nutrition for pregnant and lactating women, plus 60mg EPA and 10mg AA.

Pregnacare Plus does not contain fish oil sourced from tuna, 5hark, marlin or swordfish. The UK FSA advises pregnant women, and women intending to become pregnant to avoid 5hark, marlin and swordfish and not to eat large amounts of tuna.

Vitamin D in Pregnancy
The Department of Health recommends that all pregnant and breast-feeding women take a supplement containing 10mcg vitamin D, which is the exact amount found in Pregnacare.

Vitamin E in Pregnancy
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient, important for helping maintain healthy skin, nerves, heart and circulation, muscles and red blood cells. Pregnacare contains a low recommended dietary intake of 4mg. This is present in the natural form which is better absorbed by the mother and transported to the foetus than synthetic vitamin E.

Adults can obtain DHA and EPA indirectly through the conversion of the essential fatty acid alpha-linoleic 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, EPA and AA. 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.

Brain and eye development
DHA is the predominant fatty acid in the central nervous system, found in the structural walls of brain cells. Amazingly, the foetal brain is made up of 60% fats of which 40% is DHA. There is a large increase in DHA uptake by the foetus and a corresponding increase in cerebral DHA content during the last trimester of pregnancy and the first post natal months.1,2 At birth the baby's brain weight is about 70% of an adult's brain weight; 15% of brain growth occurs during infancy and the pre-school years.

DHA is important throughout this period of development. DHA is found in even greater concentrations in the retina, where it contributes uto60% of the fatty acid content. Research has shown that when the growing baby receives DHA from the 3rd trimester onwards and during breastfeeding, circulating levels of DHA are higher, which can help to maintain healthy eye development and visual acuity (clarity of vision).

The other Omega-3 fatty acid provided by Pregnacare Plus is EPA, which is required for optimal brain function and cell signaling (the process of communication between nerve cells) and becomes increasingly significant for children after birth in respect to areas such as learning ability and concentration. Pregnacare Plus also provides the Omega-6 fatty acid AA which plays both structural and functional roles in the brain.

Birth weight and oxygen delivery
A number of factors help to maintain a healthy infant birth weight including the mother's nutritional status, and Omega-3 fatty acid intake.

DHA and EPA are known to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and can therefore contribute to the maintenance of a healthy placental blood supply to the growing foetus, providing the oxygen and nutrients required.6

Breast-feeding and Fatty Acids
Milk production during breast-feeding places a large physical demand on a mother's body. Additional protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals must be supplied from your reserves and the food you eat.

The quality of a mother's breast milk is, to a large extent, dependent on her nutritional intake. A high intake of DHA leads to DHA rich milk7, which is essential for the infant's neuronal development. When babies are fed on DHA rich breast milk it can help support their cognitive development, hand-eye co-ordination, psychomotor development and visual acuity.

Maintaining Maternal Health
During pregnancy, the growing foetus and placenta can increase certain maternal nutritional requirements. As it can be difficult to maintain this requirement through diet alone, supplementation with Pregnacare is often recommended by midwives and health professionals to safeguard a mother's diet and replenish natural bodily stores.

What the mother consumes has the potential to be passed on to the developing child, therefore only the purest pharmacutical grade fish oil produced in Norway, 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.

Natural lemon oil is included in the shell of Pregnacare Plus capsules as an odour-mask for women who find it difficult to take fish oil supplements.


Tablet ingredients:
Bulking Agent; Maltodextrin, Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid [Carrier; Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose]), 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
Capsule ingredients:
Omega-3 Fish Oil (Docosahexaenoic Acid Concentrate) (from Fish), Capsule Shell; Pharmaceutical Grade Gelatin, Glycerin & Natural Flavour Lemon Oil