Pregnancy Pack

  • What is the Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack?

    This 2-IN-1 pack includes 2 products:

    • 1 tub of Mi-Vitamin™ Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement for Pregnant and Lactating Women
    • 1 tub Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3

    The nutritional and health status of the mother plays a vital role in the development of the unborn child even before conception. The most critical development of a baby occurs during the first three months of the pregnancy when many women do not realize they are pregnant.

    Studies have shown that adequate nutrition during pregnancy potentially results in ideal birth weight, reduced infant mortality and improved growth. Adequate nutrition in the first 1000 days of life is critical in ensuring benefits in both economic and health terms. Nutrition during the first 1000 days of life has a direct impact on the risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, hypertension and diabetes later in life and ultimately decreases the health risks being passed onto future generations.

    Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients found in fish and certain plant oils. They include ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Of the three, EPA and DHA help support heart health, normal brain function as well as normal growth and development.

  • Why use the Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack?

    The nutritional and health status of the mother plays a vital role in the development of the unborn child even before conception. The most critical development of a baby occurs during the first three months of the pregnancy when many women do not realize they are pregnant.

    Studies have shown that adequate nutrition during pregnancy potentially results in ideal birth weight, reduced infant mortality and improved growth.

    Adequate nutrition in the first 1000 days of life is critical in ensuring benefits in both economic and health terms. Nutrition during the first 1000 days of life has a direct impact on the risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, hypertension and diabetes later in life and ultimately decreases the health risks being passed onto future generations.

    Mi-Vitamin™ Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement contains 13 essential vitamins and 5 added minerals including iron. Studies have shown that pregnant women who received multiple-micronutrient supplementation had fewer low birthweight babies, small-for-gestational-age babies, and stillbirths than pregnant women who received only iron, with or without folic acid. These findings provide a strong basis to guide the replacement of iron and folic acid with multiple-micronutrient supplements for pregnant women.

    Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 contains MEG-3™ fish oil, the most trusted source of EPA/DHA omega-3 from fish oil without the fishy taste or smell.

    Research supporting the benefits of EPA/DHA omega-3 for pregnancy and breastfeeding:

    During pregnancy:

    • Increased Omega-3 DHA intake during pregnancy supports maternal blood DHA levels.
    • During late pregnancy and with breastfeeding Omega-3 DHA accumulates rapidly in the baby’s brain to support brain and eye development.
    • Taking 500 – 1000mg of Omega-3’s (with at least 500mg of DHA) from early in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy reduces the risk of early preterm birth
      • born before 37 weeks by 11%
      • born before 34 weeks reduced by 42%
    • DHA Supplementation during pregnancy reduces the likelihood of having a baby with a low birth weight (<2500g) by 10%.

     

    While Breastfeeding:

    • Human milk is the only milk that naturally contains DHA. An increased intake of DHA leads to higher DHA levels in breast milk.
    • The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding, with appropriate complementary foods, up to 2 years of age and beyond.
    • During infancy and childhood DHA continues to accumulate in the brain and trials have shown that increased intakes of DHA:
      • Improved cognitive and visual outcomes
      • Improved scores on tests that measure process speed, attention and verbal learning
      • May support immune responses

  • Why is consuming EPA and DHA important?

    Each of these Omega-3 fatty acids is considered essential, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body. Humans do have limited ability to convert dietary ALA to EPA and crucial DHA, however the efficiency of the conversion is very low (< 5%), and dietary intake of EPA and especially DHA is necessary to maintain sufficient amounts in the body.

    Diagram 1: Understanding the Omega-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acid family

  • What is the dosage and directions for use for the Pregnancy Pack?

    Multi-Vitamin:

    One capsule daily after food, or as directed by your healthcare professional.
    Allergen free.

    Omega-3:

    Adults and children over 6 years: Take 1 to 3 capsules per day with meals or as directed by your healthcare professional.

    To achieve the 200mg – 500mg DHA recommended for Pregnancy, 3 – 4 capsules per day will be needed or as directed by your healthcare professional.

    Dietary supplements should be taken as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

  • How should Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 be used?

    Organisation Target population Recommendation
    FAO/WHO20 General adult population 250 mg–2* g/day EPA + DHA
    Pregnant/lactating women 300 mg/day EPA + DHA of which at least
    200 mg/day is DHA
    2 – 18 years Adequate Intake(AI) levels of:
    EPA + DHA 100 – 150 mg for 2-4 years
    EPA + DHA 150 – 200 mg for 4-6 years
    EPA + DHA 200 – 300 mg for 6-10 years
    to the adult value assigned at age 10 year
    International Society for the Study of Fat and Lipids(ISSFAL) General adult population for cardiovascular health At least 500 mg/day of EPA + DHA
    Pregnant/lactating women DHA: 200 mg/day
    World Association of Perinatal Medicine Pregnant/lactating women 200 mg DHA/day
    World Gastroenterology Organization General adult population 3 – 5 servings/wk of fish
    * For secondary prevention of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease)

  • What are Quali™- Blends?

    • Scientifically proven to benefit health and wellbeing
    • Adheres to the highest quality standards
    • Sustainably and ethically manufactured
    • Assurance of reliable supply
    • Contains safe and effective ingredients at relevant levels

     

    Quali™- Blends is a trademark of DSM.

  • What is MEG-3™?

    Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 contains MEG-3™ fish oil.

    MEG-3™ is the most trusted source of EPA/DHA omega-3 from fish oil

    • without the fishy taste or smell
    • Purified for safety (Purity levels outperform aggressive industry limits)
    • Concentrated for potency
    • Sustainably sourced from clean, omega-3 rich ocean fish
    • MEG-3™ freshness levels outperform aggressive industry limits
    • characterised by minimal oxidation

    MEG-3™ is a trademark of DSM.

  • Can Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    Yes, this product has specifically been formulated with the recommended levels of vitamins and minerals needed by pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are specific recommendations on the dosage of Omega-3 during pregnancy and lactation as indicated in the “How should Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 be used section.

  • Who should use the Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack?

    This product has specifically been formulated for women before, during and after pregnancy.

    It can also be used pre-conception (while still planning the pregnancy) and during breastfeeding.

    Experts agree that people are not consuming enough EPA/DHA in their daily diets. In fact most people consume less than 100 mg of EPA/DHA per day.

    • One way to close this nutritional gap is to consume fortified foods or dietary supplements containing these health-giving
      natural compounds
    • Globally, recommended intakes for individual long-chain omega-3 have been developed and consistently indicate that 250 to 500 mg/day of EPA and DHA should be consumed for general health, pregnancy and cardiovascular disease risk reduction

  • Who should not use the Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack?

    Mi-Vitamin™ Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement is not suitable for children and men as the levels of the vitamins and minerals have specifically been formulated for use in women preconception, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

    Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 precautions for use:

    Consult your healthcare professional in cases of fish allergies.
    Consult your healthcare professional when using the following medication:

    • Contraceptive drugs
    • Anticoagulant and anti-platelet drugs, herbs and supplements
    • Blood pressure drugs, herbs and supplements
    • Vitamin E

  • When is the best time to use Mi-Vitamin™ Pregnancy Pack?

    Mi-Vitamin™ Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement: One capsule daily after food, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

    Due to the high iron content it is recommended to take the capsule after a meal and not on an empty stomach.

    Mi-Vitamin™ Omega-3 should be taken with meals or as recommended by your health care professional. It is also recommended to split the dosage between several meals than to take the capsules all at once as this assist with the bioavailability of the Omega-3. Some studies recommend that it is best taken with a meal that contains fat for better absorption.

  • Nutritional Information

    Multi-Vitamin Mineral Supplement

    Typical Nutrition Information
    Nutrient Average per 1 Capsule %NRV*
    Vitamin A 2664 IU / 800 mcg 100
    Vitamin D 200 IU / 5mcg 33
    Vitamin E 15 mg TE 100
    Vitamin C 60 mg 60
    Vitamin B1 1.4 mg 117
    Vitamin B2 1.4 mg 108
    Niacinamide 18 mg 113
    Vitamin B6 1.9 mg 112
    Vitamin B12 2.6 mcg 108
    Folic Acid 600 mcg 150
    Vitamin K 55 mcg 46
    Pantothenic Acid 6 mg 120
    Biotin 30 mcg 100
    Iron (added as Ferrous Fumarate) 27 mg 208
    Zinc (added as Zinc Oxide) 10 mg 100
    Copper (added as Copper Gluconate) 1.15 mg 128
    Selenium (added as Sodium Selenite) 50 mcg 91
    Iodine (added as Potassium Iodide) 250 mcg 167

    *Nutrient Reference Values South Africa from 37months and older.

    Omega-3 tablets

    Each softgel capsule contains:
    Fish oil 1000 mg
    EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) 180 mg
    DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) 120 mg
    Natural Vit E added as antioxidant 0.47 IU

    Ingredients: Purified fish oil, Gelatin (bovine), glycerine, purified water, mixed natural tocopherols (antioxidants), sunflower oil

  • Storage Instructions

    – Keep lid tightly closed
    – Store below 25°C, in a cool dry place
    – KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN