PregnacareÂ® Plus with Omega-3
PregnacareÂ® Plus 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 plus an additional Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which contributes to normal brain and eye development of the foetus**.
Important: Some pregnancy formulas do not include the exact 10 mcg vitamin D, as recommended by the Department of Health of all pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Each 600mg fish oil capsule contains:
PregnacareÂ® Plus has been specially developed so that mothers-to-be can safeguard their extra dietary requirements, without confusion about which supplements to take.
Pregnacare Plus Dual Pack Provides
28 x PregnacareÂ® multi-nutrient tablets with 400mcg Folic Acid
PregnacareÂ® Tablets contain a careful formulation of 19 nutrients important for both mother and baby. These include vitamin B12 and folic acid at the exact level recommended for the development of the unborn baby. PregnacareÂ® 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 PregnacareÂ® 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 high purity fish oil, which are a rich source of the important Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. DHA is especially important during pregnancy as it contributes to normal brain and eye development of the Foetus**.
One PregnacareÂ® Omega-3 Marine Oil capsule per day provides 300 mg DHA, the exact level recommended by international experts in lipid nutrition*** for pregnant and lactating women, plus 60mg EPA.
PregnacareÂ® Plus does not contain fish oil sourced from tuna, shark, marlin or swordfish. The UK FSA advises pregnant women, and women intending to become pregnant to avoid shark, marlin and swordfish and not to eat large amounts of tuna.
***ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids) Workshop on the Essentiality of and Recommended Dietary Intakes for Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. National Institutes of Health (NIH) April 1999
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 PregnacareÂ®.
Vitamin E in Pregnancy
Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. PregnacareÂ® contains a low recommended dietary intake of 4mg. This is present in the natural form which is better absorbed by the mother than synthetic vitamin E.
The Importance of Omega-3 fatty acids
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 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.
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 (see Fig 1).
DHA is important throughout this period of development.3 DHA is found in even greater concentrations in the retina, where it contributes up to 60% 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 contributes to the normal brain development of the foetus and breastfed infants.
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 to safeguard a mother’s diet.
Quality and purity guaranteed
What the mother consumes has the potential to be passed on to the developing child, therefore only the purest pharmaceutical grade fish oil produced in Norway, has been used in PregnacareÂ® 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 PregnacareÂ® Plus capsules as an odour-mask for women who find it difficult to take fish oil supplements.