Thursday, 11 September 2014

ASDA offer free folic acid & advice on morning sickness


Babies and pregnancy seem to be big news this September. Kate Middleton and Prince William have announced they're expecting again and ASDA are hosting one of their traditional baby events !

Asda pharmacies will once again be offering three month’s supply of Folic Acid free of charge to expectant mothers or those trying to conceive. This is the second time Asda has offered its customers free Folic Acid in an initiative of this kind. 

While it’s well known that Folic Acid should be taken by women trying to conceive during the early stages of pregnancy, few understand why. Folic Acid is an essential vitamin to take before and during early pregnancy as it can reduce the risk of severe birth defects as well as complications throughout pregnancy. While some foods are good sources of Folic Acid, it’s not enough to provide the amounts needed during pregnancy so taking Folic Acid supplements is vital.

When collecting their free Folic Acid throughout the baby event, a visit to Asda Pharmacy will also give women immediate access to a fully qualified health professional who can offer invaluable advice on health, diet and tips for sustaining a healthy pregnancy.

Faisal Tuddy, commercial pharmacy manager at Asda, said: “Folic Acid is an essential vitamin for expectant mothers or those trying to conceive. We’re delighted to be able to offer three month’s supply free of charge to those who need it the most.”

Faisal also has some advice if you're suffering from morning sickness. He said : "We are delighted to hear the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting another baby. Unfortunately once again Kate is suffering from severe morning sickness as she did with her first pregnancy. Morning sickness is very common amongst pregnant women, however there are a number of home remedies to help reduce symptoms and make pregnancy more manageable. These include the following:

· Having sufficient rest: Making sure you have time to relax is imperative as tiredness can make your nausea worse

· Sipping on plenty of fluids slowly throughout the day: This will keep you hydrated which might help prevent vomiting

· Allowing yourself time to get up in the morning: Not rushing, getting out of bed at a slow pace or having a piece of toast can help take the edge off sickness early in the morning (I used to put a couple of ginger nut biscuits on the bedside table each night - eating something before getting up combined with the anti-sickness effects of ginger seemed to really help. As did flat coke, but not for breakfast !)

· Eating small amounts of food frequently as opposed to big meals: It is important to make sure you are still eating throughout the day without over doing it

· Wearing comfortable clothes: Wearing baggy clothes without a tight waistband will help make you more comfortable

Morning sickness usually subsides between 12-14 weeks after conception, allowing expectant mothers to get on and enjoy the rest of their pregnancy.”

I don't know anyone currently expecting a baby which is most strange (or maybe it's just a sign I'm getting old ?!) so if you have a bun in the oven, leave me a comment so I can get all broody ! You might also like the chance of winning free tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show of your choice in my giveaway. Hardly anyone has entered so far so you'll have great odds of winning (see? I told you nobody was pregnant at the moment !!)

(Asda’s Baby Event is running until 15th September. Three month’s supply of Folic Acid is available until stocks last.)

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