Tuesday 17 April 2012

The Importance of Vitamin D & Folic Acid in Pregnancy

I remember when I was pregnant for the first time (we're talking more than ten years ago) and the (French) doctor gaily trotted out : "Oh, you should have come to see me a few months BEFORE you fell pregnant. I'd have prescribed you a course of Folic Acid tablets, they can prevent a whole host of development problems". I blanched and she smiled and said : "Oh, don't worry, you wouldn't get them in Britain anyway" ! Well, if you're pregnant or trying to conceive, you may be interested in the following information from Boots, who have developed some new supplements specially designed for mums-to-be. 


The Importance of Vitamin D & Folic Acid in Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or trying for a family you’ll already know the importance of sticking to a healthy and varied diet to ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need. But to offer that extra nutritional support, Boots Pharmaceuticals are launching two new supplements which contain The Department of Health’s recommended levels of Vitamin D (10 micrograms) for pregnant women and Folic Acid (400 micrograms), to help you maintain a healthy pregnancy. There’s also a product available for those who want to take advantage of the benefits of Omega 3, which is important in supporting baby’s brain and eye development.
To help provide you with the nutrients and vitamins  to support you during pregnancy, Boots Pharmaceuticals has launched two new specially formulated products you may want to consider;  Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support (30  tablets , £4.29) and Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support Plus (30 tablets and 30 capsules, £12.99).  

Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support (30 tablets, £4.29) contains The Department of Health's recommended levels of Folic Acid and Vitamin D in addition to Vitamin C and Zinc to help the normal function of the immune system. 

Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support Plus (30 tabs and 30 capsules, £12.99) is Boots Pharmaceuticals advanced pregnancy formula containing all the nutrients in the Pregnancy Support product as well as a separate Omega 3 capsule (containing 300mg of DHA) which, when taken daily during pregnancy, can help contribute to the normal brain and eye development of the foetus.

Boots also offers a wealth of pregnancy advice and support for all first-time mums and aspiring mums from personalised product recommendations to expert advice on children’s healthcare to assist you on your parenting journey. For further information, visit your local Boots store and speak to your Boots pharmacist.
If you are concerned that you are not getting all the nutrients you need, why not make use of the great 3 for 2 offer on Vitamins and Complementary Medicines – buy three and the cheapest is free. (Check with your Boots pharmacist to ensure that you can take your chosen vitamins together). You may also want to consider joining the Boots Parenting Club where you can enjoy even more benefits such as personalised pregnancy/childcare advice as well as 10 points for every £1 spent on baby products within the baby area at Boots.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support (30 capsules, £4.29) and Boots Pharmaceuticals Pregnancy Support Plus (30 tabs and 30 capsules, £12.99) are available in Boots stores now.

Vicky Pennington, nutritionist at Boots comments: “Vitamin D and Folic Acid are especially important during pregnancy as adequate amounts cannot usually be supplied by diet and exposure to the sun alone. A sufficient vitamin D intake not only keeps your bones, muscles and teeth healthy, it is also important for your baby’s growing bones. A good supply of Folic Acid is particularly crucial during the very early stages of pregnancy as it contributes to maternal tissue growth and helps the spinal cord of your developing baby grow healthily. If you’re planning to start a family you should also consider taking folic acid supplements and once pregnant, continue to do so for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.”

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