Pregnancy Vitamins

During pregnancy it’s important to keep providing yourself and your baby with the nutrients they need to flourish and some of these may even be needed pre-conception. We have a range of pregnancy vitamins designed to support many aspects of fertility and pregnancy including our hugely popular Pregnancy Multi Essentials.

Pregnancy Multi Essentials is a specifically designed pregnancy supplement to support pregnancy, pre-conception & breastfeeding with 26 different vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, B vitamins and zinc, providing support for maternal tissue growth, healthy bones, tiredness/fatigue alongside psychological and cognitive function.

FolaPro® contains high levels of folate; an incredibly important nutrient for preconception and pregnancy which contributes to maternal tissue growth.

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During pregnancy, it is crucial to ensure that you are getting the right nutrients to support the health and development of both you and your baby. Two of the key nutrients that are highly recommended during pregnancy are folic acid and iron. Folic acid plays a vital role in the early development of the baby's neural tube and can help prevent neural defects which can lead to anencephaly or spina bifida. It is recommended that women take 400mcg of folic acid, and taking the body-ready form of folate, 5-MTHF, could mean that it’s better absorbed by the body. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells and to prevent anaemia, which is common during pregnancy. Taking a quality prenatal multivitamin that includes these nutrients, along with other essential vitamins and minerals, can help ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs during this time.

In addition to folic acid and iron, other important nutrients to consider during pregnancy include calcium, which is essential for the development of your baby's bones and teeth, and vitamin D which supports healthy bone growth. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, are important for the development of your baby's brain and eyes.

Research has shown that drinking cranberry juice during pregnancy is safe for you and your little one during all trimesters. Still, more research is needed when it comes to cranberry supplements during pregnancy, so it’s best to avoid them to be on the safe side during this time.

To ensure the optimal health of both you and your baby, the NHS recommends that all pregnant women take a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (or 400 IU). This will provide your baby with sufficient vitamin D for the first few months of life. It is especially important to follow this guidance during autumn and winter when sunlight exposure is limited, and it is advised in spring and summer as well. It is essential not to exceed a daily dose of 100 micrograms (or 4,000 IU) of vitamin D as it may have harmful effects.

Not getting sufficient vitamin D puts your child at risk of having soft bones, which can lead to a condition called rickets that affects bone development in children. Taking a good quality vitamin D supplement daily can be a convenient way to support the proper growth and development of your baby's bones.

Pregnancy multivitamins, or prenatal multivitamins, are an easy and convenient way to fill any gaps and support both your body and your baby’s growth and development. The best multivitamin for pregnancy will be expertly formulated to meet the nutritional demands of pregnancy, including folic acid, vitamin D, and iron, and other high quality nutrients free from artificial additives.

If you do not consume enough folic acid before and during pregnancy, your baby could be at a higher risk for neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are serious birth defects that affect the spine, spinal cord, or brain. These include anencephaly and spina bifida.

It’s a good idea for women of reproductive age to regularly take a prenatal multivitamin, particularly containing folic acid, as we don’t always get enough nutrients from diet alone. In pregnancy, a woman needs 10 times as much folate to help the baby’s growth. The baby's neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first month of pregnancy, perhaps before you even know that you're pregnant, and folic acid can help prevent birth defects.

Ideally, you should take folic acid supplements for 3 months before you get pregnant and until you are at least 12 weeks along. This is when your baby’s spine is developing. But it isn’t harmful to take folic acid all the way through your pregnancy so you can carry on if you are taking pregnancy multivitamin tablets that contain it. Try not to worry if you haven't started taking folic acid yet and start taking it as soon as possible.