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13 weeks pregnant, do I get free vitamins, lotions etc?

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Shasha123 Fri 16-Jan-15 13:14:13

I am 13 weeks pregnant and my husband suggested me to have floride, vitamin D and calcium. Also I want to buy some body lotion for future bumps.
I have received Maternity Exemption Certificate, which is a small ID card from NHS. Do you think I can get free vitamins, lotion, etc using this card? Or is it just for prescription?

MirandaWest Fri 16-Jan-15 13:16:13

That card is just for prescriptions. Depending on what it is, you may be able to get one or more of them prescribed.

Allstoppedup Fri 16-Jan-15 13:18:49

As far as I'm aware it's for prescription only but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you can get help with basic pharmaceutical products through your pharmacy. I'm not sure if it would stretch to prenatal vitamins and would be very surprised if it included 'stretch mark' lotion.
You can pick it up quite cheap online but I'm kind of in the mindset that if you are going to get them, you will get them and lotions are a bit of a con!

(This coming from someone who religiously creamed my bump- had not a single stretch mark until a week after DS was born and my newly deflated tummy broke out!

WishUponAStar88 Fri 16-Jan-15 13:18:57

You can get your folic acid vits free. You would only be able to get lotions etc if the Dr has prescribed them for you.

PeterParkerSays Fri 16-Jan-15 13:22:23

You should be able to get folic acid prescribed - my midwife asked me if I was taking it, prescription pad in hand, but I was already taking it. I doubt you'd get lotions etc. prescribed if you don't have a skin condition which requires treatment, eczema etc.

seaoflove Fri 16-Jan-15 13:22:40

Nope. The maternity exemption card is for free prescriptions only.

I think you're being a wee bit naive if you think the NHS is going to fund vitamin supplements and lotions for you.

dementedpixie Fri 16-Jan-15 13:25:20

don't know why you would need fluoride but vitamin d is certainly recommended.

If you qualify you could get healthy start vitamins

Gileswithachainsaw Fri 16-Jan-15 13:25:31

vitamins and lotions are up to you to buy unless you have Conditions that require you to take them. eczema or anaemia for example.

dementedpixie Fri 16-Jan-15 13:26:07

kind of past the stage for folic acid now tbh

LittleHornbill Fri 16-Jan-15 13:29:30

If you qualify for the healthy start assistance, you can get vouchers for supplements, milk and healthy food. The info is towards the bottom of the page I've linked.

applecore0317 Fri 16-Jan-15 13:54:52

the exemption certificate also covers dental visits but other than that and prescriptions thats it

KatoPotato Fri 16-Jan-15 13:59:07

Midwife said the exemtion cert is more useful in the 12 months post birth, for dental etc, proves your eligibilty when you no longer have a bump!

sleepybee Fri 16-Jan-15 14:05:38

I'm in Scotland at midwife first booking appointment I got a tub of 90 vitamins with folic acid vit D etc plus toothbrushes toothpaste & a voucher to go collect a free Bounty pack from Boots which contained samples of products etc tbh I'd not used any of it

NickyEds Fri 16-Jan-15 14:23:43

Everyone in our area gets the Healthy Start vitamins from the mw at booking in appointment so have a word with them about it. MEC is just for prescriptions so won't cover cocoa butter and such!

JennyBlueWren Fri 16-Jan-15 14:51:17

That's interesting Sleepybee I'm also Scotland and not got any of that but maybe it depends on where you are. We give out toothbrushes and paste to children at the nursery I work in as it's an area of deprivation and they're trying to improve teeth there.

Fleurchamp Fri 16-Jan-15 18:26:39

I am pretty sure my midwife said I could take my exemption card to the chemist and get free vit. d

britnay Fri 16-Jan-15 18:39:35

In some areas of the country it is possible to get certain medicines (e.g. Calpol) for free from pharmacies if you are on benefits. Generally these are more deprived areas.

expatinscotland Fri 16-Jan-15 18:43:31

Free lotion, just for having a bump? Good grief. Some people really take the biscuit with expecting the state to provide them with everything.

northernlurker Fri 16-Jan-15 19:19:41


The purpose of the card should have been explained to you. As others have said this is to enable you to get free prescriptions and dental care whilst pregnant and 12 months post natal. that's because the State recognises the impact on your health pregnancy can have and is trying to support you in maintaining your health and that of the baby. It's not for frivolities and body lotion and bespoke vitamins come under that heading.

Chunderella Fri 16-Jan-15 20:28:34

Surprising people think it won't be possible to get free prenatal vitamins. I'm coming to the end of pregnancy no 2 and have been given free Healthy Start vitamins throughout. The midwife has advised me to take them at both bookings in, and given me more throughout. We are not low income so it wasn't that.

seaoflove Fri 16-Jan-15 20:43:13

You have to qualify for Healthy Start somehow though. You need some sort of coupon from a MW/HV, don't you?

NickyEds Fri 16-Jan-15 20:50:44

We're not on a low income either and got the healthy start vitamins as part of the booking in appointment. They were actually given at the appointment no coupons or anything. Everyone gets them here.

Chunderella Fri 16-Jan-15 20:53:32

Nope, I was just given them. Didn't even ask initially. It may be an area wide thing, perhaps, but then they started to restrict Healthy Start drops for children where I live in 2013. DD was automatically entitled for a while, then we couldn't have any more due to not being on benefits. I suppose it's possible the rules are different for children and pregnancy women even in the same area?

monkeyfacegrace Fri 16-Jan-15 20:54:32

It's not free though is it. The NHS is under strain as it is without paying for bloody things like this.

Buy your own and stop scrounging.

PippiLicious Fri 16-Jan-15 20:55:49

Yy Northern Lurker. Just what I was about to post, almost word for word. ��

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