I didn't know this - thought that they were all much of a muchness!
Just so happen to have both here (I moved onto pregnacare this month due to a Boots 3 for 2 or something) - here's how they compare in per cent RDA (or mg if none avalailable)!
Vit D - 250% 100%
Vit E - 100% 200%
Vit C - 67% 117%
Vit B1 - 114% 214%
Vit B2 - 113% 125%
Vit B3 - 106% 111%
Vit B6 - 130% 500%
Vit k - - 70 ug
Folic a 350% 200%
Vit B12 - 250% 600%
Betacarotene - - 2mg
Biotin - 133% -
Pant A - 145% -
Calcium - 17% -
Phosph - 17% -
Iron - 100% 121%
Magnesium - 33% 50%
Manganese - 1mg -
Copper - 1000ug 1 mg
Zinc - 50% 100%
Selenium - 30ug
Iodine - - 93%
Now I can't really make head or tail from this - maybe someone who knows more can give a commentary? For me - I hadn't realised that Pregnacare doesn't have calcium - so that will be one I may need to have extra....
I take Pregnacare & have done since about 3mths before we started ttc...so been on them about 2 & half years !!!!
I compared the quantities in Pregnacare to those suggested by Marilyn Glenville's book...I did start taking multi vits on top to cover those not in pregnacare but apparently too much vit A isn't good so I stopped !
I also take extra selenium & zinc, as well as flaxseed oil (take evening primrose with starflower until ovulation). No I don't rattle...too much
I think as long as you have a healthy diet as well (we eat alot of organic food & plenty of fruit/veg) then I don't think it really matters which Prenatal supplement you take...folic acid is one of the most important though !
Vitamin A can be toxic in high levels causing birth defects.
In practice this means a pregnant lady ( or a lady trying to get pregnant ) should not take supplements containing vitamin A or eat liver.
Eating vegetables with vitamin A is ok ( as the vit A they contain is from a different source to the supplements and liver ) so you can eat as many carrots as you like.
I think I read on the Pregnacare information that you can suppliment with the Osteocare (though you should take them at different times of day as some of the ingredients can interact to reduce absorption) to make sure you get enough calcium.
Is flaxseed the best vegetarian alternative to fish oils, and is it safe to take when pg?
As far as I'm aware flaxseed oil is fine to take when pg...it does similar job to Evening Primrose Oil but since EPO can cause uterine contractions it shouldn't be taken during 2ww or when pg...I take EPO until ovulation & then flaxseed after.
I don't think you should go overboard with flaxseed intake during pg, everything in moderation...but obviously I'm not a professional herbalist, just interested in it & read quite alot about it...if you have any concerns perhaps you could speak to a herbalist...Neals Yard usually have knowledgable staff.
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