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Pregnacare Plus

Medheights Pharmacy Ltd
3, Estate Drive, Ojodu Estate, Ikeja, Lagos State
Email: Medhouse60@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: +234-808-900-2825; +234-808-856-7812
Website: http://medheights-ng.com/

Brand Name

Pregnacare Plus

Manufacturer

Vitabiotics Ltd.
1 Apsley Way, London NW2 7HF, United Kingdom

Therapeutic Class

Food supplements

Dosage Form, Composition & NAFDAC Registration Number (NRN)

Tablet/Capsule (NRN: A47527): 

Pregnacare Tablets Nutritional Information Average per tablet % EC NRV*
Vitamin D (as D3 400 IU) 10 µg 200
Vitamin E (Natural Source) 4 mg α-TE 33
Vitamin K 70 µg 93
Vitamin C 70 mg 88
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 3 mg 273
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 2 mg 143
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 20 mg NE 125
Vitamin B6 10 mg 714
Folic Acid 400 µg 200
Vitamin B12 6 µg 240
Biotin 150 µg 300
Pantothenic Acid 6 mg 100
Magnesium 150 mg 40
Iron 17 mg 121
Zinc 15 mg 150
Copper 1000 µg 100
Selenium 30 µg 55
Iodine 140 µg 93
Natural mixed carotenoids 2 mg --
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value, µg = microgram
mg = milligram, IU = International Units.
Pregnacare Omega-3 Capsules
Nutritional Information Average per capsule % EC NRV*
Omega-3 Fish Oil 600 mg  
Providing:    
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 300 mg --
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 60 mg --
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value, mg = milligram

Ingredients:

Omega-3 Fish Oil (Docosahexaenoic Acid Concentrate) (from Fish),
Capsule Shell: Pharmaceutical Grade Gelatin, Glycerin & Natural Flavour Lemon Oil. 
Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

Pregnacare Pluss

Pack Size: Pack of 28 x Pregnacare® multi-nutrient tablets with 400 mcg Folic Acid and 28 x Omega-3 capsules with 300 mg DHA

Pharmacology

Even greater nutritional care for mother and baby
Pregnacare® Plus dual pack provides the original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400 mcg folic acid and 10 mcg vitamin D plus an additional Omega-3 capsule to provide a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 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 for all pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Pregnacare® Plus has been specially developed so that mothers-to-be can safeguard their extra dietary requirements, without confusion about which supplements to take.

pregnacare omega3

Pregnacare Plus Provides
28 x Pregnacare® multi-nutrient tablets with 400 mcg Folic Acid

Pregnacare® Tablets contain a careful formulation of 19 nutrients important for both mother and baby. Pregnacare® has been carefully developed by experts so that all ingredient levels are within safe levels for pregnancy and are moderate rather than excessive. These include vitamin B12, plus vitamin D and folic acid at the exact level recommended for the development of the unborn baby. Supplemental folic acid intake increases maternal folate status†. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

28 x Omega-3 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 Pregnacare® Omega-3 capsule per day provides 300 mg DHA, the exact level recommended by international experts in lipid nutrition*** for pregnant and lactating women, plus 60 mg EPA.

Pregnacare® 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.

Vitamin D in Pregnancy
The Department of Health recommends that all pregnant and breast-feeding women take a supplement containing 10 mcg vitamin D, which is the exact amount found in Pregnacare®.

Vitamin E in Pregnancy
Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Pregnacare® contains a low recommended dietary intake of 4 mg. 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.

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.

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. Pregnacare is proud to work in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives to support the health of mothers and babies by raising awareness of the benefits of good nutrition.

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 Pregnacare® 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 Pregnacare® Plus capsules as an odour-mask for women who find it difficult to take fish oil supplements.

References:
1 Crawford M. Am J Clin Nutr 1993;57(Suppl):703S-9S
2 Singh M. Nutrition, brain and environment. Indian Pediatr 2003; 40 : 213-220
3 Singh M. Indian J Pediatr 2005; (3): 239-242
4 Carlson SE et al. Pediatr Res. 1996 May;39(5):882-8

This product is designed for women of child-bearing age.
†The beneficial effect is obtained with a supplemental folic acid daily intake of 400 mcg for at least one month before and up to three months after conception.

*Tablet and capsule images not actual size

**The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg of DHA in addition to the recommended daily intake of 250 mg DHA/EPA for adults.

***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

Always read the product directions before use. Do not exceed the recommended intake. As with other 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, fish or fish products. Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Contains high purity fish oil. A daily intake of 200 mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of 250 mg DHA/EPA for adults. As Pregnacare® contains vitamin K, if you are taking oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) do not take Pregnacare® except on the advice of a doctor. Vitamin K is not known to specifically interact with the action of aspirin or heparin. This product contains iron, which if taken in excess, may be harmful to young children.

Pregnacare Omega-3 Capsules Nutritional Information Average per capsule % EC NRV*
Omega-3 Fish Oil
Providing
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
600mg
 
300mg
60mg
 
 

*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value, 
mg = milligram.
Ingredients
Tablets: Bulking Agent: Maltodextrin, Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose), Ferrous Fumarate, Tablet Coating (Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Natural Source Colours [Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides]), Zinc Sulphate, Anti-Caking Agents: Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate, Niacin (as Nicotinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl), Natural Mixed Carotenoids (Betacarotene, Modified Starch, Corn Starch, Glucose Syrup, Antioxidants: DL-Alpha Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate), Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Salt), Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin, [Carriers: Maltodextrin, Trisodium Citrate, Citric Acid]), Vitamin E (D Alpha Tocopheryl Acid Succinate) (from Soya), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol [Carriers: Acacia, Sucrose, Corn Starch, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Antioxidant: DL-Alpha Tocopherol]), Thiamin (Vitamin B1 as Mononitrate), Riboflavin, Copper Sulphate, Vitamin K (Vitamin K1, Acacia, Sucrose), Folic Acid (as Pteroylmonoglutamic Acid), Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Sodium Selenate. 
Capsules: Omega-3 Fish Oil (Docosahexaenoic Acid Concentrate) (from Fish), Capsule Shell: (Pharmaceutical Grade Gelatin, Glycerine, Natural Flavour Lemon Oil). 
Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

Indications

Contra-indications

Precautions/Warnings

Food Supplement

As with other food supplements, seek professional advice before using if you are under medical supervision or suffer from food allergies. Allergy Advice: For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains pharmaceutical grade fish oil.

As Pregnacare® contains vitamin K, if you are taking oral anti-coagulants (blood thinners) do not take Pregnacare® except on the advice of a doctor.

Vitamin K is not known to specifically interact with the action of aspirin or heparin. This product contains iron, which if taken in excess by very young children may be harmful. Food supplements must not replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

**A daily intake of 200 mg DHA is required in addition to the recommended daily intake of 250 mg DHA / EPA for adults.

Interactions

Adverse Effects

Dosage & Administration

ONE TABLET (GREEN BLISTER) PER DAY,

PLUS

ONE CAPSULE (PINK BLISTER) PER DAY.

Swallow each with water or a cold drink and take with a main meal. Not to be chewed. Do not exceed recommended intake. To be taken only on a full stomach.

  • Free from artificial colours, salt, yeast, preservatives & lactose
  • Gluten free
  • Pregnacare® is not tested on animals

Storage/Handling Recommendations

Store below 25°C in a dry place, out of sight and reach of children.

Review Date

2017-04-18 12:05:10