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Pregnacare Plus - thoughts / advice?

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FLEUR21 Tue 13-May-14 16:24:51

Hello, does anyone have any views on taking the Pregnare Plus (with the separate Omega 3 tablets). I see that there is no conclusive research on it but I am not a big oily fish fan. I am 22 weeks pregnant. I did start taking it in the beginning of my second trimester and then I was worried that it was too much and I was not convinced on the research (I have a doctor friend that said there was no conclusive research either way and my GP said omega 3 was not on the list of things to absolutely take like folic acid and vitamin d and said she could not say 100% that there were no risks associated with taking an omega 3 supplement). What are people's thoughts on it? Advice and thoughts appreciated! Thank you

FoodieMum3 Tue 13-May-14 16:29:08

I'm just taking regular pregnacare but only because that's all that's available in the supermarket where I shop.
TMI but I only take it every second day as it made me very constipated.

Interested in replies too.

Oh, and I'm also 22 weeks. smile

eurochick Tue 13-May-14 16:30:28

I've been taking it all the way through (24 weeks now).

ruthsmumkath Tue 13-May-14 16:31:44

I take it and have done all the way til now (37 wks). I live abroad and the health insurance companies will pay for pregnacare plus but not basic pregnacare so that is why my gynae prescribes it for me - so basically coz it's free.

PuppyMummy Tue 13-May-14 19:33:08

I have taken pregnacare plus all the way through 37 weeks now, no problems so far...

NoIamAngelaHernandez Tue 13-May-14 19:34:15

I bought it but couldn't stand the fishy/yucky aftertaste that kept reappearing.

hubbahubster Tue 13-May-14 19:36:51

I've taken the Sanatogen equivalent - a pg multivitamin with a separate omega-3 tablet - in both this and my last pg and been fine. DC1 is very ahead with his speech and understanding so hasn't done any harm! Like you, I don't eat much oily fish so thought it would be sensible.

sammyad Tue 13-May-14 19:36:52

I took it and spent a week constantly burping what tasted like gone-off smoked salmon... If you're not a big fan of real oily fish, let me assure you phantom oily fish is worse. It was swiftly abandoned.
And Foodie on the constipation, I had that too and midwife suggested switching to Seven Seas, which has all the same in it as Pregnacare but also contains ginger to counteract the iron. Haven't had a problem since switching.

drLu Tue 13-May-14 19:37:06

I took it all the way through my last two pregnancies - (dh is obs and gynae consultant and said would certainly do no harm) and my kids healthy, bright and happy! Probably nothing to do with the fish oil but I can't be sure so taking it with third! Am 24 weeks and bought enough to see me through.

Armadale Tue 13-May-14 19:40:17

Sainsburys do their own version of this- a pregnancy multi vit with added omega 3- (it is only one tablet but quite massive so avoid if you are still feeling sick). If you can face it, it works out about a third of the price of the pregnacare one as it is £5 for 30 day box, but always on 3 for 2, so you can get 90 days for £10.

squizita Tue 13-May-14 19:41:22

I found it made me feel a bit sick. I take sanatogen now, get on better with it.

BananaPie Tue 13-May-14 19:43:23

I am very sceptical about the benefits of taking vitamins - some research has shown that some of them aren't all that effective when taken as supplements rather than naturally in food. I'm pretty convinced that it's a marketing con designed to prey on our insecurities. A balanced diet should be enough. I take folic acid, and that's all.

Acorncat Tue 13-May-14 19:47:52

I take it, not convinced it does any good - as long as it's not doing any harm then it's all good. I don't eat any fish at all so seems like a good idea. Ridiculously overpriced though! I don't find any fishy aftertaste hmm

Lisad1975 Tue 13-May-14 19:52:38

I have been taking them since I found out at 5 weeks before that I was taking the conception ones before.
I really think they been making me sicky in evening so gonna take them at lunchtime now.

manchester2014 Tue 13-May-14 21:36:08

I took them all the way through my first pregnancy and had a good pregnancy and birth. I am now 40 weeks with my second and been taking them again since I found out I was pregnant x

FLEUR21 Wed 14-May-14 09:08:05

Thank you all for your thoughts/advice/experiences. Bearing in mind what you all say, I have decided to take it, especially as I don't eat oily fish. Thanks again.

Gen35 Wed 14-May-14 09:27:32

Yes I take it, I do eat salmon but hate herring, tried eating a few times but tastes like it should be cat food to me smile prefer the fishy vits!

twiglet2 Wed 14-May-14 11:32:51

My midwife suggested taking the superdrug equivalent - pretty much the same as pregnacare plus but cheaper and just one capsule to take.

Elastigrrrl Wed 14-May-14 13:56:35

I take it (37 weeks and have taken throughout) because I find the research no less compelling than that on most vitamins in Pregnacare (other than folic acid, vit d etc). To be honest, most multivitamins could just be a way of making 'expensive wee', but that is the case with many things you get recommended in pregnancy, and this one is fairly easy for me at least to observe. I don't buy that it is in any way likely to cause harm.

Ilovebean Wed 14-May-14 14:02:07

I've taken them since day one of finding out I was pregnant. They haven't made me feel sick as I only take them with a big meal. Can't say I've had a fishy after taste.

ChicaMomma Wed 14-May-14 14:25:03

There definitely isnt a fishy aftertaste!

I took them for the first 14 weeks..
now i'm taking different things- Ferrograd C iron (the only ones i found that dont constipate), magnesium tablets (for bones and sleepign) and omega 3s.. (for babies brain dev).. all separate tablets.. i mix it up a bit.

Dont agree with the expensive pee thing at all, personally. The minute i stop taking iron (for eg i went to Spain for 5 days and forgot them) i get breathless and tired.. SImilarly with magnesium i feel 'sore' and achy all over if i dont take them.

PresidentSpreadable Wed 14-May-14 14:46:10

I take them with my main meal and haven't noticed any fishy aftertaste at all. I wouldn't worry too much if you don't take one with Omega 3, I doubt it makes much difference at all.

SpawningSalmon Wed 14-May-14 14:48:20

Pregnacare (and all other Vitabiolics vitamins that I have tried) makes me feel really ill. I prefer Sanatogen Mum to Be.

Heatherbell1978 Wed 14-May-14 20:40:32

I've taken them all the way through with breakfast. No side effects here. The way I see it is you're not going to come to any harm taking them (potential side affects aside) so might as well take them on the off chance they do you good. They are very expensive though.

alwaysblonde Wed 14-May-14 21:29:11

I take these as a doctor friend said the brand name so that's what hubby bought! I must admit i swear they made me nauseous in the first trimester and the tablets feel huge!

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