Pregnancy Without Iodo
GestaCare T (iodo-free)
It is an international reference supplementation, developed specifically without iodo for women who cannot make supplements with iodo, for use from the moment the couple wishes to become pregnant.
GestaCare T supplementation aims to eliminate the risk of micronutrient deficiency essential to good fetal development and maternal health. Taking GestaCare T should be started as early as possible (preferably before the start of pregnancy) and continued throughout pregnancy.
Supplementation during pregnancy is decisively associated with the prevention of birth defects and the reduction of preterm delivery. The risk of deficiency of some micronutrient, when occurring during pregnancy, can have sometimes irreversible maternal-fetal repercussions and subclinical manifestations.
GestaCare T has state-of-the-art folic acid in its composition, Quatrefolic (see more information below). With Ginger Nauseastop® in its formulation, in agreement with the main international study bodies, which advocate the safety and relevance of its use in pregnancy-induced nausea (see more information below).
GestaCare T contains a state-of-the-art formulation specially developed to offer women who want to become pregnant or already pregnant in a supplement at such a special time in their life.
Nutritional needs during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of great happiness and personal fulfillment, it is important that it is monitored by specialized health care providers, because for both the woman and the developing fetus, there are risks that have to be observed and mitigated.
Scientific evidence has shown us that health is largely programmed during intrauterine life, so a pregnancy with healthy life habits that will meet all the needs of the pregnant woman will result in a great advantage for the mother herself and for the your child’s future health.
The pace of contemporary life, the current nutritional quality of food and the external agents to which the pregnant woman is exposed, make this ambitious goal difficult.
The more current scientific evidence supports the use of dietary supplements developed specifically for the needs of pregnant women that include micronutrients such as Folic Acid (Biologically Active Folate, Quatrefolic®), Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Omega 3 (DHA) and other minerals, trace elements and extracts, indispensable, such as Iron, Magnesium and Ginger.
The use of more complete supplementation is a more topical and preferable option to the isolated use of folic acid alone and, of course, concordant with the main study and international reference bodies.
GestaCare T was developed specifically without iodo for women who should not supplement with iodid, in accordance with the latest international recommendations.
Supplementation in pregnancy:
Folic acid (Vitamin B9) plays a key role in reducing the risk of developing malformations of the neural tube of the fetus. Folic acid is a B-complex vitamin that helps prevent spinal cord and brain defects, so-called “neural tube defects”, such as spina bifida or anencephaly.
Three out of four congenital malformations of the neural tube could be avoided by intake of folic acid, before a pregnancy was produced (ideally, 3 to 6 months before) and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The evidence of the positive association between folic acid intake deficiency and neural tube malformations is strong, so compliance with supplementation recommendations is crucial in prevention.
The GestaCare supplementation range has a state-of-the-art folic acid, a form of biologically active folate, with no need for metabolization and with recognized added value in comparison with unmetabolized (traditional) folic acid, the only one that has existed in Portugal to date.
Learn more about Quatrefolic® the state-of-the-art folic acid present in the composition of GestaCare.
Iron in combination with some micronutrients helps to increase blood volume and prevent anemia. It is important for energy metabolism and for the development of the fetal nervous system.
The deficit of this mineral may lead to increased risk of low birth weight, prematurity, perinatal mortality and disturbances in neuronal development. The daily intake of 30 mg is ideal during pregnancy, and it is necessary to take a supplement of this mineral according to the latest scientific evidence.
Calcium is an important component for the good development of the fetus and in maintaining maternal health.
Vitamin D is fundamental for calcium fixation and is central to the balance between maternal reserves and the development of the fetus.
Zinc plays crucial functions in various biological processes of the body, such as protein synthesis, energy metabolism, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, DNA metabolism and is still necessary for differentiation and cell division and proper functioning of the immune system.
It is necessary for the proper neurological development of the fetus and its deficiency may result in congenital malformations, low birth weight and premature death.
Magnesium consumption during pregnancy is associated with decreased risk of pre-eclampsia, premature births, and intrauterine growth retardation.
DHA is critical for the growth and development of the fetal and infantile central nervous system (CNS), as well as in visual and neuronal function and neurotransmitter metabolism.
The importance of DHA supplementation in the context of pregnancy is described in the most recent scientific evidence and international recommendations.
Supplements that include HDA of animal origin present a significant inconvenience for pregnant women as they aggravate nausea and vomiting induced by pregnancy itself. Usually have a strong odor and taste to fish, cause heartburn, reflux, gastrointestinal discomfort and poor digestion.
Current international best practices and recommendations strongly suggest the use of PLANT DHA in the particular context of pregnancy.
The source of DHA present in the composition of GestaCare is already of plant origin.
Learn more here.
Developed in line with the most current recommendations of the leading international bodies regarding the use of Ginger, pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Several pre-clinical and clinical studies have evaluated the use of ginger in nausea and vomiting in the context of pregnancy, as an alternative to known drug options.
GestaCare Pregnancy offers NauseaStop® , a source of ginger developed for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
GestaCare Pregnancy was designed to offer you supplementation with the best tolerability.
Learn more about using ginger in pregnancy (see information below).
The importance of Folic Acid present in GestaCare - Quatrefolic®
Perfect bioavailability and security
Quatrefolic®, also known as fourth generation folate, has better solubility in water and an ideal bioavailability compared to other forms of folic acid, as it is immediately available for cellular use, without the need for any metabolic transformation. It is also a completely safe way, which does not result in any rise in unmetabolised folic acid levels.
The importance of vitamin B9 is perfectly recognized and has been widely studied in young women and pregnant women to ensure a harmonious development of the fetus, limiting neural tube malformations. Deficiency is recognized in this element as one of the most frequent, and it is imperative to ensure an adequate and regular contribution in women of childbearing age.
Associated with vitamin B12, folates ensure the conversion of homocysteine into methionine. Taking a supplement with Quatrefolic® is therefore preferable to taking a folic acid supplement, as it is immediately available to react with homocysteine and thus prevent hyperhomocysteine.
Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis Spa. Copyright© 2018 Gnosis S.p.A. All rights reserved.
The Importance of Ginger NauseaStop® in the Composition of GestaCare Pregnancy
It is established that 80% of women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, with special severity in the first trimester of pregnancy. Thus, there are many women who suffer from indisposition, nausea and vomiting, with a reflection on the feeding and intake of micronutrients indispensable to the formation of the fetus.
Even in moderate situations, studies highlight the importance of encouraging pregnant women to seek help from their attending physician!
The impact of the use of ginger as an antiemetic on pregnancy has been widely investigated in clinical studies for at least 30 years.
The most important national and international entities mention the need to use Ginger to the detriment of other drug options, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Learn more here about the Ginger NauseaStop source® present in the composition of GestaCare Pregnancy.
One capsule per day
Quatrefolic (Vitamin B9, Folic Acid) is a patented biologically active folic acid, which differs from synthetic folic acid normally found in other supplements because it is a final form of folate that the body can immediately use without any need for metabolization, thus ensuring the recommended daily dose and preventing a potential accumulation of unmetabolized folic acid in the blood.
This new folate contributes to the normal metabolism of homocysteine, process of cell division and growth of fetal and maternal tissues during pregnancy.
DHA is critical for the growth and development of the fetal and infantile central nervous system, as well as in visual and neuronal function and neurotransmitter metabolism. Supplements that include HDA of animal origin present a significant inconvenience for pregnant women, as they aggravate nausea and vomiting.
GestaCare DHA is extracted from microalgae, which ensures a DHA oil of superior quality plant origin and with unique characteristics, namely a more pleasant aroma and flavor, in addition to its high absorption capacity.
Vitamin D ensures, during pregnancy, the calcium needs of the fetus and later the newborn. Vitamin D exists in the preconceptive supplements in order to ensure an adequate embryonic implantation.
Several clinical studies prove the use of ginger for nausea and vomiting in the context of pregnancy, as an alternative to known drug options. GestaCare offers NauseaStop®, a source of ginger developed for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Selenium and Biotin.
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