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Tipex Sun 28-Nov-04 21:07:36

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Flumpytina Mon 29-Nov-04 09:51:17

I'm currently taking the Clearblue pregnancy multivitamins which have folic acid and omega 3 added. Just taking one tablet is great (less to throw up or forget!) but they are quite pricey. I do know you have to be careful about taking cod liver oil as it contains too much VitA. I do recall some warning that came out last time I was pregnant (only 8 months ago!!) about limiting intake of oily fish to 2 portions a week because of some dangerous chemicals but at my booking in appointment this week my midwife only gave me the schpeel about tuna, swordfish and marlin (like that is on my weekly shopping list anyway!). Hope that is helpful.

Tipex Mon 29-Nov-04 12:06:14

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Marina Mon 29-Nov-04 12:17:14

Tipex, I contacted Quest about their capsules containing Evening Primrose, Borage and Fish Oils. They assured me these were safe to take in pregnancy and while breast-feeding, so I have done. They are not that easy to find (not stocked by Holland and Barrett or Boots, you can find them in independent health shops or online Here under Quest Evening Primrose and Fish Oils (site won't let me link direct).
Alternatively, Zita West sells a fish oil capsule especially for pregnant women from her website but while her products are excellent
a) they are far pricier than Quest
b) I was not happy about the redundant cosmetic use of titanium dioxide in the capsule coating

Tipex Mon 29-Nov-04 20:37:11

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Marina Tue 30-Nov-04 20:51:07

Tipex, I think the info about EPO must be wrong as I think it was also in Zita West's capsules, and she is a specialist midwife/alternative therapist. I would guess you need to stay away from some of the very high dose EPO products in pregnancy but that applies to most vits and supplements. Your product sounds fine. Manufacturers are so chary of recommending products to pregnant women you can be sure it is safe!

Caz27 Thu 02-Dec-04 15:17:25

I have been taking a pregnancy nutritional supplement called mums essentials pre-birth. It contains concentrated fish oil (omega 3 DHA) starflower oil (omega 6 GLA)folic acid and other vitamins, minerals and plant extracts. I bought them cos they are 'super concentrated' so the capsules are small and easy to swallow (all the other supplements i looked at buying were huge capsules that I would never have been able to swallow!!) And because they contain all the vit/minerals you need you only have to take the 1 capsule which is fab for me as I hate taking tablets and you dont have to remember to take 4 or 5 different ones.
Have just noticed on the pack that they also do a post-birth supplement for when your breast feeding which is a slightly different formulation as I guess your needs are different once your baby is born.
Just thought that I would let you guys know about it - it's always good to know what's out there!


Caroline x

Tipex Fri 03-Dec-04 15:32:20

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Caz27 Fri 03-Dec-04 16:30:22

Hi Tipex

Think the makers are called mums essentials. Have a look on the website

Sorry its abit vague - but not sure!

Caroline x

Caz27 Fri 03-Dec-04 16:32:48

Hi Tipex

Think the makers are called mums essentials. Have a look on the website

Sorry its abit vague - but not sure!

Caroline x

smellymelly Fri 03-Dec-04 17:30:10

I take 'MorDHA omega-3 IQ' which are pretty expensive but are also one a day.

Says it is good during pregnancy and during the developement of the very young child. For growth, function, vision and brain development. I will alsoi take them while I'm breast feeding.

Got them in my local chemist...
Website address is

Phone - 08700 53 6000

merrychristmasberry Mon 20-Dec-04 15:57:34

I take a lemon flavoured oil made from the body oil of polar cap cod (*my how pretentious!*cackle)

A naturopath foisted it on me and I've grown to trust it beause it is:

1) made from body, not liver oil, which would be too Vit A toxic
2) cold pressed, i.e not heat treated and therefore very rich in what we need
3) comes from a part of the ocean not so prone to toxic build up in the wee fishees...

ask them who their stocvkists are near you, xfx

aloha Mon 20-Dec-04 15:59:08

I use too. Found them very good and efficient.

Uwila Tue 21-Dec-04 13:07:59

You can get just plain fish oils at Tesco. I think that so long as there is no liver component (i.e. cod liver oil), then they are ok for pregnancy.

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