Did you know that approximately 20% – 30% of pregnant women have a vitamin and mineral deficiency, and without supplementation, roughly 75% of pregnant women would be deficient in at least one vitamin?
Pregnancy is specially formulated to provide a balanced blend of vitamins and minerals for the maintenance of good health before, during and after pregnancy. Contains 1 mg of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects when taken daily prior to becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy.
Suggested Usage: Adults – take two (2) capsules daily with meals, a few hours before or after taking other medications.
Caution: Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, or are taking prescription medications, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
This product does not contain dairy, egg, gluten, yeast, artificial colours and flavours.
Suitable for vegetarians.
What are prenatal vitamins and why do I need to take them?
They are specially formulated multivitamin and mineral supplements designed to support the increased needs of a pregnant woman and her growing baby. A prenatal supplement will contain many of the same nutrients found in a regular multi, but it will have higher amounts of folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to support the needs during pregnancy. The recommend dosage of femMED Pregnancy Before, During & After is one capsule 2 times daily with meals and femMED Pregnancy + Ginger is one capsule three times daily with meals. This will help reduce the risk of nausea and improve absorption and assimilation of the nutrients. Studies have shown that folic Acid, which is part of the Vitamin B family, can significantly reduce the risk of serious defects to the baby’s brain and spinal cord (e.g. spina bifida) occurring in the first four weeks of pregnancy. The evidence suggests that 70% of the defects of this type could be prevented if the mothers were to take a daily dose of folic acid. To be effective, folic acid should be taken before pregnancy occurs and continued into the pregnancy.
Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found that taking prenatal multivitamins fortified with folic acid can reduce the risk of three common childhood cancers: leukemia, brain tumours and neuroblastoma and can reduce the risk of a wide range of serious birth defects, including cardiovascular and limb defects, cleft palate, oral cleft, congenital hydrocephalus and urinary tract anomalies.
I am very careful to eat a healthy diet. Can’t I just supplement with folic acid?
Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to obtain the necessary level of nutrients from food alone. The mineral content in our soils has diminished over the years due to changes in agriculture. Pollution and pesticides, use of prescription medication, stress and certain forms of cooking can deplete vitamins and minerals. A quality prenatal supplement will contain all of the vitamins and minerals that should be a part of your regular diet and fill in the gaps where your diet falls short. Prenatal vitamins do not replace healthy eating, but rather they supplement an already healthy diet.
When should I start taking prenatal vitamins?
The first trimester is the time during pregnancy when all of the baby’s major organ systems are forming and developing. Evidence shows that the mother’s body will need adequate nutrition “on board” in order for the baby’s growth to be on track, especially when it comes to vitamins such as folic acid.
The baby’s neural tube will begin to close within the first month of pregnancy, during a time when few women even realize they are pregnant! For that reason, it is very important that you start taking prenatal vitamins 2-3 months before you begin trying to conceive.
When should I stop taking prenatal vitamins?
If you are planning to breastfeed, you should continue taking your prenatal vitamins until your baby is weaned.
What if taking prenatal vitamins makes me sick?
Many women who are bothered by nausea, stomach pain and even vomiting are often taking their daily prenatal supplement in the morning and find that taking their prenatal a little later in the day with a snack or meal helps.
Do I need any other supplements or nutrients in addition to prenatal vitamins?
Some women mistakenly believe that if they take prenatal vitamins, they don’t have to worry so much about their diet. However, one of the most important building blocks during pregnancy is protein. Prenatal vitamins do not include protein. You should be sure you have at least 60 g of protein or 6 oz of meat or other protein (such as nuts, seeds, beans, and soy) every day. Having a healthy pregnancy diet plan is one of the best ways to be sure your body is getting all necessary nutrients.
Some women may also need additional calcium and iron, especially in the later months of pregnancy when the needs for these minerals are greatest or if they are on special diets. Be sure to check with your health care provider to see if you need any other supplements.
Where are the femMED products manufactured?
All femMED products are manufactured at 3 pharmaceutically licensed facility in Canada. All production facilities maintain a Health Canada Pharmaceutical Establishment License (EL), and are therefore certified as following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP is an overall quality standard enforced by the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada that includes raw material and product sourcing, testing requirements, record keeping and product tracking, manufacturing facility sanitation, personnel qualifications and more.
Are the products tested on animals?
No. We use only the finest ingredients – vitamins, minerals and herbs – and none of our formulas have been tested on animals.
What do you mean by “products are complementary”?
All of our products have been designed for women only, and during the development process, we were careful to ensure that our products could be used together. Therefore a woman needing support for her menopause symptoms, breast health and prevention of osteoporosis, for example, can use 3 femMED products together – Menopause Relief, Breast Health and Bone Health without worrying about contraindications. The only 2 products that should not be used together are our Sleep and Energy formulas.
Why do you use vegetable capsules instead of gel capsules?
We set out to create the highest quality solutions in the marketplace today. We were very much against the use of gel caps because of the process by which they are manufactured. Gel caps are derived from primarily pig and bovine skin and bones. Gel caps are commonplace in the supplement and pharmaceutical markets, but as a company, we believe that vegetable caps are the better choice.
What are additives?
When it comes to choosing a nutritional supplement what is NOT in the product is just as important as what is. Be sure to carefully examine the NON-MEDICINAL ingredients, sometimes called excipients or additives. Many popular brands contain fillers, preservatives, glazes, sweeteners, artificial colors, binders, deodorizers, chemicals and potential allergens, such as lactose, gluten, dyes and gelatin. Some products include chemicals like titanium dioxide and sodium benzoate, which can be associated with significant health risks. So it is important to read the label carefully before you buy.
femMED offers a range of top quality nutritional supplements designed specifically for women that are free of these undesirable additives.
Is femMED environmentally responsible?
Yes, we at femMED make every effort to ensure that our products and processes are as environmentally friendly as they can be, for instance:
femMED bottles are made from HDPE #2 and can be recycled through most municipal recycling programs. All of our bottles are free from BPA and phthalates and the cotton that we use is elemental chlorine free (ECF).
femMED products are not tested on animals.
femMED products do not contain any artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives, fillers or chemical additives.