PrimaCare products are vitamin supplements that are specifically designed for pregnant women. They contain a blend of vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Unlike older prenatal vitamins, they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which offer a wide variety of health benefits. The regular version of these vitamins comes in a package that contains both soft gels and tablets, while PrimaCare One comes in just soft gel form.
PrimaCare® and PrimaCare One are prescription prenatal vitamins. In addition to the usual prenatal vitamins, these supplements contain a blend of omega-3 fatty acids that are important for eye and brain development, and that may also provide other health benefits. PrimaCare One is taken as just one soft gel per day, while PrimaCare is taken as one soft gel in the morning, plus one tablet in the evening.
PrimaCare products are made by Ther-Rx Corporation.
PrimaCare prenatal vitamins (including PrimaCare One) contain a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Most importantly, these products both contain folic acid (1 mg per day), which is important to prevent certain birth defects. They also contain iron, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
Unlike older prenatal vitamins, PrimaCare and PrimaCare One both contain a blend of omega-3 fatty acids, including:
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Linoleic acid (LA).
These omega-3 fatty acids provide a wide variety of health benefits. There is some evidence that they may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely), improve brain function, and improve vision. In the mother, omega-3 fatty acids may lower the chance of postpartum depression and may be important for bone and heart health. Fish are the main source of omega-3 fatty acids, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, since many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish due to risks of mercury toxicity, it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids.
PrimaCare (but not PrimaCare One) contains docusate sodium, a stool softener that can help relieve constipation (which is common during pregnancy and can be made worse by prenatal vitamins). Also, omega-3 fatty acids also have some activity as a stool softener.