All you need to know about Pregnacare (Plus, Max, Conception)

An article on the reviews, types, benefits, nutritional information, dosage, direction for use, side effects and cost/price of pregnacare.

Pregnacare 30 tablets for 30 days supply. One-a-day vitamins and minerals for all of pregnacy.

Pregnacare has been described with different names by different experts and pregnant women.  From my interactions with pregnant women during their routine antenatal visits,  the described it as:

  • prenatal drug
  • Pregnancy care drug
  • Pregnancy supplements
  • A routine antenatal drug
  • A vitabiotics
  • Blood medicine for pregnant women
  • Pregnancy vitamins
  • Appetizer for both pregnant and non pregnant women
  • Prenatal formula

Pregnacare is prenatal drug or supplement used by both pregnant,  non-pregnant and women trying to conceive in order to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to attain or sustain a pregnancy.  It is not very much different from the routine antenatal drugs like folic acid,  vitamin C,  Vitamin B12, iron supplement( fesolate) you get during ANC visits. The advantage is that it is one tablet that contains all nutrients instead of swallowing many drugs at once.  It also contains more nutrients. Produced by a  UK based company called vitabiotics, it is commonly used by pregnant women in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Types

There are different types of pregnancy care products and the truth is: there is no much difference between them-they are similar. The difference is just in the names.  The types are:

  • Pregnacare original
  • Pregnacare max
  • Pregnacare plus
  • Pregnacare conception- used mainly by women trying to conceive to store up iron stores and folic acid before conception

The various types of pregnacare are a careful balance of 19 vitamins, minerals, folic acid (400microgram),  D3 (10microgram),  B12, moderate iron and zinc.

Pregnacare Provides Nutritional care for mother and baby… 

Worldwide studies have shown that extra specific nutrients such as folic acid and vitamin D may be necessary before and during pregnancy. Pregnare has been  carefully developed to help safeguard dietary requirements, from start of trying to conceive  and during all of pregnacy. …

Reasons why it comes in highly recommended

1. It contains much more than folic acid: Formulated by vitabiotics nutritional experts with 19 important vitamins and minerals. With 400microgram folic acid and 10microgram vitamin D3, the exact daily dose recommended by NAFDAC and UK Department of Health.

2. Trusted support for mum’s health for over 25 years:  Pregnacare contains a comprehensive formula to help safeguard all round health and vitality, as well as important nutrients for pregnancy. Folic acid contributes to normal maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, as well as normal cell division. The unique formula also imcludes zinc which contribute to normal reproductive health

3. All round healthy pregnancy: Good nutritional intake is vital throughout pregnancy, not just for the first 12weeks. Iron, vitamins B6 and B12 are important to contribute to normal red blood cell formation. These important nutrients can also help normal function of the immune system, an important consideration during pregnancy.

A packet Pregnacare contains 30 Tablets which  are:

  • Slow disperse tablets
  • Gentle on the stomach
  • Suitable for vegans
  • No gelatin
  • Glutein free
  • No artificial colours
  • No preservatives
  • No salt or yeast

 

Vitamin & mineral tablets with folic acid. 

 

Nutritional Information Average per tablet % EC NRV*
L-Arginine 100mg
Inositol 50 mg
N-Acetyl Cysteine 50 mg
Betacarotene (Natural Source) 3 mg
Vitamin D (as D3 600 IU) 15 µg 300
Vitamin E 4 mg α-TE 33
Vitamin C 90 mg 113
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 8 mg 727
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 5 mg 357
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 20 mg NE 125
Vitamin B6 10 mg 714
Folic Acid 400 µg 200
Vitamin B12 20 µg 800
Biotin 150 µg 300
Pantothenic Acid 6 mg 100
Magnesium 60 mg 16
Iron 14 mg 100
Zinc 15 mg 150
Copper 1000 µg 100
Selenium 50 µg 91
Iodine 150 µg 100

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

This table represents the nutritional information of pregnacare for conception. That of pregnacare original is slightly different but can be used interchangeably.

Pregnancy care tablets provide effective support without excessive levels

Directions for use

One tablet per day, with your main meal:  Swallow with water or a cold drink and take with a main meal. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed the recommended intake. To be taken only on a full stomach. You can start taking pregnacare at any point during pregnancy. It can be used for as long as required even before planning your conception. When to take pregnacare conception tablets? You can start taking the pregnacare for conception 3 months before getting pregnant. Can you take pregnacare conception while on your period? Of course yes, it does not affect your monthly flow.

Interaction of Pregnacare with other drugs and food supplements 

As with other food supplements, seek professional advice before using if you are under medical supervision or suffer from food allergies. Do not take if you are allergic to soya. As pregnacare contain vitamin K, if you are taking oral anticoagulants (e.g warfarin) do not take pregnacare except on the advice of the doctor.

Vitamin K is not known to specifically interact with the action of heparin and aspirin. That is pregnacare is safe with these medications.

Pregnacare
Pregnacare

Pregnacare must not replace a varied and balanced diet  and lifestyle.

Side effects

Non has been scientifically reported but:

This product contains iron which if taken in excess ny young children may be harmful. Also some women have complained of pregnacare especially the one taken pre-conception disrupting their monthly flow. During antenatal clinic, i have meet a woman how complained of having big babies whenever she uses pregnacare as prenatal drug.

Cost

Yes, it is more expensive than the routine antenatal drugs of fesolate, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin Bcomplex. It is however still largely affordable, a packet of pregnacare cost about N3,500 – N4,000 naira and you can get it in many cities in Nigeria including Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin – city, Warri, Kano etc

 

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