Prenatal vitamins


What are pre-natal vitamins?
These vitamins are specially formulated to help mothers-to-be with their own health as well as for the health of their babies. These vitamins make up for any nutritional deficiencies in your diet during your pregnancy. While the supplements contain numerous vitamins and minerals, their folic acid, iron, and calcium content are especially important.

Why do pregnant women need high levels of folic acid, iron, and calcium?
Taking folic acid can reduce your risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, called the neural tube.  A baby with spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect, is born with a spine that is not completely developed.  The exposed nerves are damaged, leaving the child with varying degrees of paralysis, incontinence, and sometimes mental retardation.  Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception.

Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it is advisable that all women of childbearing age get 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. There are natural sources of folic acid: green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits.

Taking calcium during pregnancy can prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density as the foetus uses the mineral for bone growth.

Taking iron helps both the mother and baby's blood carry oxygen.

Food
While you are pregnant the healthy diet should be maintain.  Drink plenty of water.  Some fats are particularly important during pregnancy because they support your baby's brain and eye development – both before and after birth. Fats also help the placenta and other tissues grow, and studies show that some fats may help prevent preterm birth and low birth weight. Examples of foods that contain food fats are sunflower, olive, rapeseed, and peanut oils, as well as in olives, avocado, nuts, and nut butters. They're considered "good" fats because they're best at lowering cholesterol.

Why do you need to take vitamins?
While a daily vitamin supplement is no substitute for a healthy diet, most women need supplements to make sure they get adequate levels of these minerals.  A selection of vitamins can be found below.

 
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Biocare Ante-Natal Forte

Planning a baby, during pregnancy and after having your little miracle is very special and preciuos ..

€20.25

Biocare FolGuard

Effective combination of folic acid and vitamin B12 in it's active form hydroxycobalamine. Folic a..

€5.95

Biocare Mega EPA 1000

Mega EPA 1000 is a very strong potency fish oil providing omega-3 fatty acids in a natural triglycer..

€11.95

Biocare Mega EPA Forte

Mega EPA Forte is great for maintaining normal brain, heart, skin and vision functions.  It is ..

€27.25

Biocare Vitasorb Folic Acid

The Department of Health recommends that women who could become pregnant or who are already pregnant..

€6.50

Higher Nature Omega 3 Fish Oil

Higher Nature Fish Oil Omega 3. EPA and DHA are the key omega 3 fatty acids, important for a healthy..

€4.65

NHP Ante Natal Support

Ante Natal Support is a very special multivitamin and mineral specifically formulated to give you ..

€24.50

NHP Fertility Support For Men

Fertility Support for Men - a Special multivitamin and mineral formulation.Fertility Plus for Me..

€34.95

NHP Fertility Support for Women

Fertility Support for Women is an essential supplement for fertility vitamins.  It can greatly ..

€34.95

NHP Omega 3 Plus, Heart health

Essential fats ‘oil’ the body by lubricating the joints and skin, as well as being a vital compone..

€29.95

Quest Acidophilus Plus

Contains beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human gut.  Probiotic bacteria re..

€12.35

Quest Folic Acid

Benefits:Folic acid deficiency is associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects ..

€5.50

Salus Floradix Tablets

An iron-rich pick-me-up for those with an active lifestyle or higher energy requirements, Floradix t..

€11.50

Salus Floravital Liquid Formula

This lovely fruit and herb tonic with iron in the form of readily-absorbable ferrous gluconate, with..

€12.50

Salus Magnesium Liquid Formula

This herbal Magnesium drink is a tasty way for your body to get this important mineral which plays..

€10.25

Terra Nova Easy Iron 20mg Complex Veg Caps

This complex is ideal for those looking to increase their iron levels. Iron is helping body to ..

€7.65

Terra Nova Prenatal Multivitamin Complex Veg Caps

Expecting baby is a very special time, enjoyable and intimate but it also requires your energy. T..

€12.00

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

Udo's Choice® (Udo's Oil) delivers a balanced 2:1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 and omega-9 Essentia..

€25.99

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

Udo's Choice (Udo's Oil) delivers a balanced 2:1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 and omega-9 Essential..

€14.99

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

100% natural & freshUdo's Choice (Udo's Oil) delivers a balanced 2:1:1 ratio of omega-3 to o..

€21.99

Udo's Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic

Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic contains 8 bacterial strains designed specifically..

€25.99