Pregnancy provides a unique and critical window of opportunity to implement healthy dietary habits. Balanced maternal nutrition during pregnancy is important not only for the health of the mother, but also to provide the right environment for optimal development of the baby. Nutritional status of the mother at conception and during pregnancy can also influence the health of the baby in later life, therefore it is an important time to consider a pregnancy supplement.

Here at Cytoplan we are passionate about supporting pregnant mothers and providing gentle, safe and bioeffective nutrients suitable for all stages of motherhood. Our pregnancy multivitamin formulations are all-encompassing and provide the totality of nutrients in appropriate levels and forms needed to support a healthy pregnancy. We also provide other pregnancy supplements to support the wellbeing of mother and baby including omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics, as well as additional appropriate prenatal vitamins if required.

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  2. Vegan Omega 3 Liquid
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  4. Foundation Formula 1
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  8. Choline Bitartrate Powder
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Pregnancy and preconception (pre-pregnancy) are both exciting and stressful times. It is also an optimal time to support and nourish expectant mothers. Nutrient status of the mother has an impact on her health, her pregnancy and the health of the baby. At Cytoplan we are passionate about supporting mothers-to-be and provide safe, gentle and bioeffective food-based formulations to support all aspects of preconception, pregnancy, birth, postnatal recovery and breastfeeding.  

As a foundation we recommend a high-quality pregnancy multivitamin and mineral to support optimum wellness and ensure the nutrition gap (difference between levels of nutrients for optimum health and what we obtain from the diet) is bridged. Our formulation for pregnancy is designed to bridge this nutrition gap and ensure that the most appropriate, absorbable and bioeffective forms of nutrients are utilised, hence optimising the health of mother and baby.  

Our Pregna-Plan multivitamin and mineral, for pregnant women, provides optimum levels of all key nutrients including vitamin D3 (vegan), folic acid as methyl folate and vitamin B12 as methyl cobalamin (the most bioeffectives forms), alongside appropriate levels of iodine, gentle iron and wholefood calcium. Pregna-Plan is a Wholefood formulation and therefore nutrients are recognised by the body as they would be in food, allowing for optimised absorption within the body as well as being gentle, safe, and effective. This provides confidence that nutritional status is optimally supported.  

Our Pregna-Plan multinutrient is not only supportive for pregnancy, but can also be utilised as a preconception supplement as well as support after birth for both postnatal recovery and whilst breastfeeding.  

In addition to pregnancy multivitamin and minerals we provide other prenatal supplements that are fundamental to ongoing wellbeing during pregnancy. These include omega-3 fatty acids to support cognitive development of the baby, probiotics which have been shown to be essential for immune and digestive health of both mother and baby, as well as individual pregnancy vitamins and minerals such as methyl folate, vitamin D, vitamin C and magnesium which may be required at higher levels in specific individuals.

Best vitamins for pregnancy?

Firstly, it is important to use suitable pregnancy multi vitamin and mineral, to ensure optimal intake of all nutrients. It is ideal to look for a food based multi as they come complete with associated food factor which occur in wholefood. This ensure the products are recognised by the body and optimally utilised. Cytoplan's PregnaPlan multivitamin and mineral, for pregnant women, provides optimum levels of all nutrients including vitamin D3, folic acid in methyl folate (the most bioeffective form)and B12, with appropriate levels of iodine, iron and calcium.

Additional vitamins may be used if needed, for example:

Vitamin D - important for multiple functions including immune health, cognitive function and bone density. Particularly important if vitamin D levels are suboptimal.

Vitamin C - can safely be taken in pregnancy, is important as an anti-oxidant, immune support and supports collagen production, important for the production of connective tissues. 

Folate (as methyl folate) - this is the most bioeffective form of folate, which is essential for normal development of the nervous system as the prevention of spina bifida.

Do you have vegan pregnancy vitamins?

Yes, Cytoplan's PregnaPlan is a vegan supplement and therefore suitable for vegans as are the majority of our products. We also have a Vegan Omega 3 containing the active forms EPA and DHA. DHA has been shown to support cognitive development and normal vision in babies.

What supplements for pregnancy should I consider? 

A good quality food-based pregnancy multivitamin and mineral is important to bridge the nutrition gap (difference between nutrient intake for optimum wellness and what we are obtaining from the diet), therefore supporting the health of both mother and baby, Cytoplan's PregnaPlan is an excellent choice for this. It is also advisable to take an omega 3 supplement which has a good level of DHA, this is the predominant omega 3 fatty acid in the brain and contributes to cognitive development of the baby, I would recommend Cytoplan Omega 3 Vegan. Additionally, it is a good idea to support the health of the gut flora, this is essential for the immune and digestive system of the mother which is passed on to the baby during birth and breastfeeding to support the baby's immunity and digestion. I would recommend the Women's Biotic.

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The role of nutrition during preconception and pregnancy
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Folic Acid, Pregnancy, Preconception & NTD (Neural Tube Defects)
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How much folic acid to I need before getting pregnant?
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The link between folate (or folic acid) and healthy pregnancy outcomes is widely accepted and most women will be advised to take folate when their pregnancy has been confirmed. However, the timing for supplementation is key, and research shows that it is best to start as early as possible, and ideally before conception. Indeed, the NHS recommend that you start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid as soon as you start trying for a baby, or ideally for three months before, to ensure that you have adequate levels when you do fall pregnant.

How can I stay healthy in the 4th trimester?
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The adjustment to parenthood for brand new mums is a significant transitional period, characterised by a myriad of emotional, physical and social changes. The 4th trimester refers to the 12 weeks following the birth of your baby, when you suddenly need to navigate the needs of your new baby, your partner and your own needs. It is unsurprising therefore that many mums feel as though they need extra support during this time.

How can I support post-natal recovery?
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In my previous “Ask the Expert” I have discussed the importance of adequate nutrition when breastfeeding, not only to nourish your baby but also to ensure your nutrient stores are replenished to support your own health and wellbeing. As such, a comprehensive prenatal supplement, or other suitable multivitamin and mineral formula, taken alongside a varied, nutrient-dense diet is recommended throughout breastfeeding.

What supplements could help with post-birth hair loss?
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Firstly, please let me assure you that postpartum hair loss is completely normal. During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone prevent normal hair loss and promote growth – and many expectant mums find their hair to be thicker and healthier than ever. After the birth, these hormone levels drop and you may experience more hair loss than usual, which can last 6-12 months in some women.

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