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Designs for Health Prenatal Pro 90Caps

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Comprehensive High Potency Prenatal and Pregnancy Multivitamin

  • Supports Maternal Health
  • Specifically formulated to provide key nutrients for supporting a healthy pregnancy
  • Contains Vitashine, a plant-based Vitamin D
  • Full Spectrum of Active B Vitamins
  • Balanced mineral profile

The Importance of Maternal Nutrition

The ‘first thousand days of life’, the time from conception through to the second year of life, is an important period of phenotypic development for the foetus and child that is strongly influenced by many environmental factors including nutrition. Indeed, the significant impact of maternal nutritional intake and status before, during and after pregnancy on the health of both mother and baby is increasingly being recognised.

Regarding offspring health, ongoing clinical research clearly demonstrates that maternal nutrition fundamentally affects the growth and development of all foetal body systems, pregnancy outcomes (duration, birth weight) and the offspring’s risk of developing suboptimal health issues in the long-term. Maternal nutrition also significantly influences lactation processes, breast milk composition and many aspects of maternal health.

However, while many women are aware of the importance of optimal nutritional status during pregnancy, preconception nutritional health is often overlooked. Consequently, many women of reproductive age may be low or deficient in key micronutrients that are essential for healthy foetal, offspring and maternal outcomes including vitamin D, B-vitamins, folic acid, iodine, iron, choline and zinc.

Vitamin D

The prevalence of low or deficient levels of vitamin D (cholecalciferol) in pregnant women in high-income countries including Australia is increasingly common, affecting at least 14-36% of white Caucasian women. The importance of optimal vitamin D levels during and after pregnancy is emphasised by maternal calcitriol concentrations doubling by the end of the first trimester; maternal stores being the primary source of vitamin D (via the placenta and through breastmilk)

Folic Acid

The importance of optimal levels of folic acid during the preconception period and pregnancy for healthy foetal growth and development is well established. This is because of its key functional roles in mechanisms required for healthy foetal growth, which may result in a 50% reduction in folate concentration during pregnancy due to increased demand. This and the challenge associated with maintaining optimal levels of folic acid during both pregnancy and the preconception period from the diet alone underlies the recommendation to supplement with folic acid for least 3 months prior to conception until at least 12-weeks’ gestation.

Iodine

Despite fortification strategies, iodine deficiency is still prevalent, resulting in recommendations to monitor and where appropriate, supplement with iodine during preconception, pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Optimal iodine levels are essential for normal foetal brain and central nervous system development.

Iron

Another common nutrient deficiency during pregnancy is iron, estimated to affect at least 30% of women in this life stage. Because of iron’s involvement in normal haemoglobin synthesis and oxygen transport. Demand increases during pregnancy to support optimal levels for both mother and baby.

Choline

Optimal levels of choline are important during pregnancy because of its involvement in neurotransmitter and cell membrane phospholipid synthesis maintaining healthy CNS and brain development in the foetus. Low intake levels have been observed in pregnant women, with many not meeting recommended adequate intake levels.

Directions for use:

Adults: Take 3 capsules per day or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Allergen Information:

No added: Gluten, yeast, dairy, lactose, nuts, eggs and soy.