NEW & Improved
Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold provides a daily dose of 20 important nutrients for mother and baby including folic acid, iodine, DHA and vitamin D3. With a low-constipation iron. Now in a smaller capsule. Halal Certified.
Provides 20 important nutrients in total including a daily dose of:
- Low-constipation iron
- 1000 IU of vitamin D3
- 500 mcg of folic acid which, if taken daily for one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of having a child with spina bifida/neural tube defects
- 150 mcg of iodine for baby’s brain, visual motor skills and hearing development
- Odourless and concentrated fish oil, rich in DHA for baby’s brain, eyesight and nervous system development
- Now in a smaller capsule
Adults Take 2 capsules a day with meals, or as professionally prescribed.
All nutrients are important during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The following provides additional information on some nutrients important during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Iron – Pregnant women and new mums commonly feel fatigued. Healthy iron levels are important in pregnancy to help support energy levels. Iron is necessary for formation of haemoglobin in red blood cells, which transports oxygen to the tissues.
Approximately 50% of Australian women of reproductive age have dietary intakes of iron below the RDI. Low iron levels are common during times of increased iron requirement due to growth and increased blood volume, such as pregnancy. However, approximately one quarter of pregnant women report getting constipated when taking high doses of supplemental iron.
Why the bisglycinate form of iron?
Iron bisglycinate is a low constipation, low nausea form of iron that is well tolerated and gentle on the digestive system. This form of iron has been shown to be more bioavailable than some other forms of iron including ferrous sulphate, when taken with food.
Iodine – Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn, are critical for the development of babys brain, visual motor skills and hearing. Iodine supports the development of normal intelligence and IQ. Requirement for iodine is increased during the whole pregnancy, especially the first 20 weeks.
Australian women are typically not receiving enough iodine. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends that pregnant and breast-feeding women take an iodine supplement containing 150 mcg* daily.
*NHMRC Public Statement: Iodine supplementation for pregnant and breastfeeding women. NHMRC, 2010
Folic acid In the early weeks of foetal development, folic acid plays an essential role in the formation and closure of the neural tube which becomes the brain and spinal cord. Guidelines in Australia* recommend that women of childbearing age take 400-500 mcg of folic acid per day for at least one month before pregnancy and for the first 3 months of pregnancy.
*Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice, 8th edn. East Melbourne: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2012.
Omega-3 fatty acids – Fish oil is a natural source of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. DHA is essential for normal development of the babys brain, nervous system and eyesight. DHA supports more sound sleep in newborns.
During pregnancy there can be an increased sensitivity to tastes, especially in the first trimester. Odourless fish oil means pregnant women can get the benefits of omega-3s without the fishy aftertaste.
B group vitamins – B vitamins support cellular energy production, with vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5 all involved in cellular energy production. Vitamins B2 and B12 help the body use folic acid.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D supports the development of healthy bones and teeth. A review of nutrient intakes in pregnant Australian women suggested that dietary intakes were below recommended levels for vitamin D, while surveys of Australian neonates have shown approximately 40-57% of neonates have insufficient vitamin D levels and that breastfed infants are at an increased risk of vitamin D insufficiency. Breast-feeding remains the natural way to provide nutrients to babies and contributes to optimal short and long term health for mother and baby.
Zinc, vitamins C & D and betacarotene for immune health support.