Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes for the expectant mother , one of them being increased iron needs . Pregnant women need large quantities of iron to help build the placenta and the increased blood volume that comes with gestation . Since red blood cells are responsible for bringing oxygen to all of the cells and tissues, extra iron is needed to make all the hemoglobin required .
Without sufficient iron, symptoms of iron deficiency will appear, such as :
• Low tolerance for physical activity
• Trouble sleeping
• Difficulty concentrating
• Decreased appetite
If left unchecked , iron deficiency can lead to anemia and significant health problems. This added burden and risk to an already demanding period can be avoided with adequate iron intake. This typically means a diet enriched in iron, but unfortunately many women are affected by nausea and vomiting in the first trimester which makes iron absorption from diet all the more challenging .
Most pregnant women in North America have trouble getting the iron they need through diet alone.
According to Health Canada , a daily supplement containing 16 to 20 mg of iron is recommended during pregnancy. It was concluded that a supplement of 16 mg per day throughout pregnancy would be effective and safe for pregnant women who are in good health. When added to the iron they get from a mixed diet, these women would have all the iron they need for pregnancy . Additionally , supplementing well-nourished pregnant women with 20 mg of iron per day has been shown to be effective in reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency and iron deficient anemia at the time of delivery.
Sufficient iron levels are not only essential for the health of the mother but also for the health and development of the fetus, especially during the first trimester and early second trimester. Iron deficiency may result in developmental problems in an unborn child’s brain and can increase a pregnant woman’s risk for a premature or low birth weight baby. The fetus will also need to be able to draw enough iron from the placenta to make its own reserves of iron, since its iron ingestion and absorption will be insufficient for some time after birth .
In the first trimester, if an expectant mother is unable to fully digest meals and snacks, there are rarely sufficient levels of nutrients to completely provide for the needs of the mother and child. Certain combinations of foods affect the absorption of iron, which can limit the amount of iron gained from diet and supplements. Specially formulated doses of iron enriched prenatal vitamins are recommended to all pregnant women. However, some of these supplements are also associated with gastrointestinal side effects which can complicate therapeutic adherence. Speak with your doctor about pre-natal nutrition and recommendations for your pregnancy specifically .
Physicians normally prescribe a diet rich in iron fortified foods which are soothing to expectant mothers’ gastrointestinal tracts. In women who continue to struggle with low iron, doctors can rely on supplements which are associated with fewer side effects than traditional iron supplements. It is always advisable to consult with a physician before taking any medications, especially while pregnant. Ask your doctor if a supplement such as FEFOL PREGNANCY® might be appropriate for you during your pregnancy .
” Nutritional Information Amount per capsule “
Vitamin A (as Palmitate) 4000 IU
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 110 mg
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 400 IU
Vitamin E (as DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 13 IU
Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Mononitrate) 3 mg
Vitamin B2 1.7 mg
Niacin (as Niacin amide) 20 mg
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 2.6 mg
Iron (FERROCHEL) 27 mg
Folate (as 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid, Quatrefolic®) 400 mcg
Folic acid 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 4 mcg
Biotin 150 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 10 mg
Iodine 150 mcg
Vitamin A :
Development of vision in the fetus as well as maternal eye health and night vision.
Vitamin C :
Supports normal function of the Immune system.
Vitamin D3 :
Essential for baby’s skeletal development and improves calcium absorption and independently provides bone mineral support functions.
Vitamin E :
Helps protecting the cells from oxidative stress .
B1 , B2 , Biotin :
Contribute to maintaining normal energy-yielding metabolism & normal functioning of the nervous system.
Niacin , B6 , B12 , pantothenic acid :
Helps to reduce tiredness and fatigues .
During pregnancy, women’s iron needs go up to support increased blood volume and red blood cell formation, and healthy growth of baby Low levels have been associated with increased risk of low birth weight. Preterm de delivery and other adverse outcomes .
Folate contributes to normal blood formation and the process of cell division, as well as maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, including placenta growth. The placenta supplies your unborn baby with essential nutrients the baby needs .
Adequate folic acid n healthful diets may reduce a woman’s risk et having a child with a neural tune defect, Supplementation should begin before conception as neural tube is formed by day 28 of gestation .
Important for normal thyroid function in mother and bran development in baby. Consuming processed foods and using non-iodized salt has led to a decrease in dietary intake in women of childbearing age .
Fefol Pregnancy also contains Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C which helps support healthy pregnancy. With a high dose of Iodine and Folic Acid, Fefol Pregnancy supports healthy foetal central nervous system and brain development. Folic Acid is important to help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida or anencephaly when trying to conceive and in the first trimester .
Swallow 1 capsule each per day with some water, preferably with a main meal. Do not exceed the recommended daily intake .
Dosage Form :
*To be taken by mouth. Swallow whole. Do not chew .
* The capsule may be opened and the pellets mixed with soft, cool food, but they must not be chewed .
Pack size :
30 capsule ( 3 BLISTER )
Drug interactions :
Do not store above 25°C and store in the original package to protect from light and moisture .
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