PreCare products are used for filling in any nutritional gaps in a pregnant woman's diet. PreCare Premium and PreCare Chewables are available by prescription and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals (including folic acid, which can prevent certain birth defects). PreCare uses are also beneficial for women who are breastfeeding or for women who are trying to become pregnant. The vitamins are not recommended for use in children, men, or elderly people.
PreCare Premium™ and PreCare® Chewables are prescription prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are supplements that are specifically designed for pregnant women. They are used to fill in any nutritional gaps in the diets of pregnant women. Even women who usually eat a well-balanced and nutritional diet may be prone to having nutritional gaps during pregnancy, due to morning sickness or other problems.
(PreCare is no longer being manufactured and should no longer be sold in the United States. Please consult your healthcare provider for further information.)
PreCare products may also be useful for women who are breastfeeding and for women trying to conceive. Because it is important to get enough folic acid prior to pregnancy and during early pregnancy (including the early weeks before you even know you are pregnant), your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a prenatal vitamin while trying to get pregnant. In fact, because so many pregnancies are unplanned, it is a good idea for any sexually active woman of reproductive age to take a prenatal vitamin (or at least a multivitamin with a minimum of 400 mcg of folic acid).
Sometimes, the size and texture of prenatal vitamins can make morning sickness worse for pregnant women. In this case, a chewable prenatal vitamin (such as PreCare Chewables) may be helpful. Also, prenatal vitamins are rather large, and women who have trouble swallowing tablets may need to try the chewable form.