MATERNA has the extra vitamins and minerals your body needs before, during and after pregnancy.
Studies have shown that Canadian women who increase their intake of folic acid reduce the rate of neural tube defects (NTDs) in their children by more than half. Because of this, Health Canada recommends that all women who could become pregnant take a daily multivitamin containing folic acid.
MATERNA helps provide the vitamins and minerals you need before pregnancy, during all stages of your pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Why start MATERNA before pregnancy? Starting prenatal multivitamins before you get pregnant prepares your body for your future pregnancy.
Taking prenatal multivitamins containing folic acid before you get pregnant may also help prevent NTDs* such as a condition called spina bifida.
Since many of these birth defects may occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant, it is recommended by healthcare experts** that women who are thinking about having a baby should start taking a prenatal multivitamin containing 0.4 mg to 1.0 mg of folic acid at least 10-12 weeks before conception.
Nutritional support throughout your pregnancy
During pregnancy During pregnancy, a woman's need for a number of essential nutrients increases. For example, her body needs extra iron to help make red blood cells and to help maintain a healthy placenta for her baby.
Women who don't get the extra iron they need are at risk of developing iron deficiency. Each NESTLÉ MATERNA tablet contains 27 mg of iron, the recommended daily allowance of iron for pregnancy, in a convenient once-daily dosage.
Some women experience stomach upset when taking prenatal multivitamins that include iron. Some simple things you can do to make taking a tablet easier include having it with food or just before bed.
Some women also have difficulty swallowing tablets. Breaking the tablet in half or crushing it and then mixing the powder into a drink should make it easier.
While breastfeeding In the busy and exciting weeks after pregnancy, you may find it hard to eat right. Taking MATERNA for the first six weeks (or for as long as you breastfeed) can complement a healthy diet and help ensure you and baby get the vitamins and minerals you need. Along with folic acid, iron, and B vitamins, MATERNA provides calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bones and teeth, as well as prevent bone loss.