About pregnacare: I'm 9wks now and went into boots... - NCT


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About pregnacare


I'm 9wks now and went into boots yesterday to get some pregnacare and couldn't believe how much they cost,I didn't end up getting them as I couldn't afford it. I no I should be taking them so when I remembered my last pregnancy (which was a while ago). The doctor gave me a prescription for folic acid . I no quite a bit has changed with anti natal care these days, so I was just wondering if anyone knew if I could still get them on free prescription. I have my booking apt next week so I could mention it then, what do u guys think. Xx.

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Congratulations :-)

Try Pregnacare or Mum to Be vitamins on Amazon, the price likely better


I use Seven Seas, which is still pricey. Check places like Boots or a Tesco, as they sometimes have 3 for 2 deals :-)

As far as I know, we can't have them prescribed unfortunately! X


i ust took folic acid and vit d, then made sure my diet was good. much cheaper. but i think if you are on benefits then you may be able to get them free.


I've used pregnacare n the basic pregnancy ones are about £3.50 (if I recall) for a months supply which isn't too bad-got mine from Tesco. If not folic acid + separate vit D is another possibly cheaper option. Tesco do their own pregnancy vitamins too which will be cheaper.

You can get multivitamins from the supermarket which are much cheaper than pregnacare and have the same vitamins in apart from folic acid. I just took these and bought some folic acid tabs as well when I was pregnant. If you have a pound shop or simular check in there too as they do sometimes have them! It's like anything you pay over the top for a brand and you are conned into thinking you have to use them xxx

Folic acid is the most important one. So take that for now then you might be able to get a prescription from your midwife x

If taking multivitamins be careful with Vitamin A in pregnancy, they recommend you should'nt have too much.

You only need to take folic acid and vit d so have a look as they tend to be cheaper. If you have a childrens centre near you then speak to them , some areas provide the healthy start vitamins for free depending on your circumstances.

Yeah I agree with the last comment, you have to stay away from too much vitamin A so a general multivitamin may not be the best thing. You definitely need folic acid for at least the first 3 months and you can buy that really cheaply from a supermarket. I took pregnacare but bought it off amazon as it was cheaper than high street shops x

You can get folic acid for less than 50p in places like Wilcos etc. I used that before getting pregnacare on 3for2 at boots. The 1 month packs on 3for2 work out better than the 3 month packs. My midwife said that the own brand pregnancy vitamins were just as good without the price tag.

You might get folic acid on prescription from your doctor and vitamin D is another important one you can buy them quite cheap from supermarkets it doesn't have to be a good 'brand'. I took pregnacare throughout pregnancy there are sometimes deals on it such as asdas 3 for 2 etc but if you are eating a healthy balanced diet you should be getting all of the vitamins etc you need anyway so don't worry too much. Good luck :)


Go into your GP, they will give you a prescription for folic acid. On my son they didnt agree with me so when I went in with my daughter I said I didn't want them - GP said they had no choice they had to give me the prescriptionbut if I was adament I didnt want them just dont take it to the pharmacy. (I did in the end and just stayed off work whilst I had to take them).

I went to superdrug and bought their pregnancy tablets. Ingredients are identical to pregnacare. A lot cheaper if u fancy a try. Im sure u can still get folic acid prescribed. U can also but folic acid tabs that are cheap also. I think the MW is on,y generally fussed about u taking folic acid x

Thanks ror all your replys they were very helpfull. I think I might just buy a cheap own brand of folic acid and vit d.

When I went into boots I was picking up £10 plus pregnacare but I was in a rush so I didn't really have a proper look and I haven't seen my midwife officially yet, but thanks to u guys I know what to take now and I can get that sorted before my midwife visit. So thanks again everyone.x.

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