ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting experiences in a woman’s life. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet at all life stages is important, but when you’re pregnant, you have even more reason to take care of your body to ensure your little one grows into a healthy child.

A quality prenatal vitamin helps you to nourish yourself and your developing baby and plays a significant role in shaping your baby’s future. Choosing the right prenatal vitamin is an important decision, but it can be confusing and overwhelming to compare different options.

Every vitamin, mineral and antioxidant in Ovitae Pre-Conception & Pregnancy Support is there to support you and your baby. What we’ve chosen to leave out is just as important as what we’ve included, as many micronutrients are interrelated in function, so a deficiency in one micronutrient might affect the utilisation of other micronutrients.

Ovitae’s formulation is sophisticated, innovative and reflects the latest research findings. It provides essential ingredients in appropriate quantities, so you don’t overload your system – or your baby’s.

Ingredient Per Tablet
Folic Acid 400 micrograms
Calcium folinate 108.5 micrograms
equiv. Folinic acid 100 micrograms
Mecobalamin (Co-methycobalamin, vitamin B12) 500 micrograms
Colecalciferol (vitamin D3) 12.5 micrograms (500 IU)
Biotin 500 micrograms
Iron amino acid chelate 80 mg
equiv. Iron 8 mg
Calcium citrate tetrahydrate 237.19 mg
equiv. Calcium 50 mg
Menaquinone-7 (vitamin K2) 90 micrograms
d-alpha-Tocopheryl acid succinate 20 mg
equiv. d-alpha-Tocopherol (vitamin E) 24.2 IU
Thiamine hydrochloride 31.77 mg
equiv. Thiamine (vitamin B1) 25 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 25 mg
Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) 25 mg
Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3) 5 mg
Calcium pantothenate 27.29 mg
equiv. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 25 mg
Ingredient Per Tablet
Pyridoxal 5-phosphate monohydrate 15 mg
equiv. Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) 9.57 mg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride 25 mg
equiv. Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) 20.56 mg
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 50mg
Choline bitartrate 317.17 mg
equiv. Choline 130.45 mg
Inositol 7.5 mg
Magnesium glycinate 177.3 mg
equiv. Magnesium 25 mg
Manganese amino acid chelate 10 mg
equiv. Manganese 1 mg
Molybdenum trioxide 75 micrograms
equiv. Molybdenum 50 micrograms
Potassium iodide 287.8 micrograms
equiv. Iodine 220 micrograms
Selenomethionine 99.4 micrograms
equiv. Selenium 40 micrograms
Zinc citrate dihydrate 37.38 mg
equiv. Zinc 12 mg

The entire B complex of eight vitamins plays a vital role in your health while your baby is developing.

Vitamin B1: Thiamine

Thiamine plays a major role in the development of your baby’s brain

Vitamin B2: Riboflavin

Riboflavin is essential for good eye health, healthy skin, and the development and growth of your baby’s bones, muscles, and nerves. Maintaining adequate levels of riboflavin lowers your risk of developing preeclampsia during your pregnancy.

Vitamin B3: Niacin

Vitamin B3 can improve digestion and reduce nausea while you’re pregnant. It’s essential for your baby’s brain development and keeps their nervous system, mucous membranes and skin healthy.

Vitamin B5: Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5 produces important pregnancy hormones and can help to ease the painful leg cramps commonly experienced during pregnancy.

Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine

Pyridoxine is vital for the development of your baby’s nervous system and brain and helps to prevent low birth weight. It can also help to alleviate nausea and vomiting during your pregnancy and help you to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

Vitamin B7: Biotin

Biotin plays a key role in DNA replication and nervous system function and is essential to support your baby’s growth throughout your pregnancy. Women who get enough biotin during pregnancy are less likely to have miscarriages, give birth prematurely, or have children with neural tube defects.

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the most important vitamins to take during pregnancy. Getting the right amount of folic acid reduces the risk of your baby developing neural tube defects like spina bifida and birth defects, including cleft lip and cleft palate. It also helps you and your baby to produce red blood cells and reduces your risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy.

It is important to know that Folic acid is the only folate supplement that  has been through full medical clinical trials. Other folate supplements do not meet the benchmark set by the Governments TGA to claim that it prevents neural tube defects.

You should consume 400–500 micrograms of folate from a prenatal supplement each day while you’re trying to conceive and throughout your pregnancy, in addition to increasing your consumption of foods which naturally contain folic acid.

Vitamin B12: Cobalamin

Vitamin B12 is critical for maintaining the health of your nervous system, and essential for your baby’s neural tube formation, brain and spine development. It helps improve your energy, mood and stress levels by aiding the metabolisation of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, and works with folate (B9) to produce DNA synthesis and red blood cells.

 

Vitamin C supports the development of healthy gums and is an essential micronutrient for ensuring good dental health for you and your baby. The concentration of vitamin C in a woman’s blood declines progressively and by up to 50% during pregnancy. This is due to hemodilution (a process where the blood is diluted), and because vitamin C is used by your developing baby.

Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium and phosphorus. It’s also an important nutrient for optimal immune function, maintaining healthy skin and muscle strength. Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is a risk factor for developing osteoporosis later in life.

A prenatal supplement with Vitamin K2 can improve bone health and reduce the risk of bone-related pain as your skeleton changes in preparation for birth. K2 also plays a critical role in helping you to meet your baby’s high demand for calcium as its skeleton forms.

Iron is a component of several essential proteins, including haemoglobin which is essential for transporting oxygen in the blood. Your iron requirement will increase considerably during pregnancy; ensuring enough iron is available is particularly important in the third trimester as this is when iron deposition in the fetus occurs most rapidly.

Your calcium requirement will not increase during pregnancy as your body naturally absorbs more calcium at this time. To be most effective, calcium needs support from helper nutrients such as Vitamin D3, K2 and magnesium, which all assist with calcium absorption.

Iodine is an essential trace element which assists in growth, metabolism and tissue development. Iodine deficiency can result in a range of health issues collectively referred to as iodine deficiency disorder. These include miscarriage, stillbirth, congenital abnormalities, higher rates of infant mortality, mental deficiency, dwarfism and psychomotor retardation.

Zinc deficiency during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and preterm delivery.

It’s also associated with fetal abnormalities, including congenital issues and growth retardation.

Magnesium works with more than 300 enzymes involved in energy generation and glycolysis (the break down of sugars and carbohydrates). It also helps to regulate the function of other minerals, including calcium and potassium. Maternal magnesium deficiency increases the risk of preeclampsia and preterm delivery and may be associated with low birth weight.

Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to regulate the function of the thyroid (a gland which produces hormones which regulate the metabolism). Selenium deficiency during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia and low birth weight. Pregnant women are advised to consume 65 micrograms of selenium each day, with their daily dose not exceeding 150 micrograms.

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