Pregnancy

30 capsules

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Suitability

Vegan

Vegan

Gluten free

Gluten free

During pregnancy

During pregnancy

No dairy

No dairy

During breastfeeding

During breastfeeding

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

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Who is it for?

Unlike other friendly bacteria supplements on the market, 'Pregnancy' contains 3 high quality strains which are extensively researched in and carefully selected for pregnancy from conception through to birth, as well as for post-birth and breastfeeding.

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Optibac Probiotics Strains

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14®
  • Bifidobacterium lactis HN019

Added nutrients

  • FOS fibres
  • Product Description

  • How To Use

  • Ingredients

  • Help & Advice

  • Reviews

  • Delivery & Returns

  • Product Description

    Who is Pregnancy for?

    Prenatal supplement for pregnant women from conception through to birth. Also suitable and researched during breastfeeding and the 6 months+ post birth.

    Key benefits

    • Friendly bacteria in pregnancy – contains well-researched friendly bacteria strains trialled specifically in women during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and post-birth.
    • Scientifically proven – all three strains proven to survive to reach the gut alive - L. rhamnosus HN001 and L. acidophilus La-14® also reach the vaginal tract
    • For the gut and vagina – these strains have been shown to complement the bacteria natural to the gut and vaginal areas
    • With FOS fibres – a synbiotic supplement containing 12 billion live bacterial cultures in combination with 30mg FOS fibres
    • Specific strain action - L. rhamnosus HN001 has been shown to stimulate immunological responses 
    • A more natural option – these live cultures for pregnancy are vegan, gluten free for those with coeliac disease, and made with absolutely no artificial flavourings or colourings
    • Easy and convenient – daily pregnancy friendly bacteria in an easy-to-swallow capsule, with no need for refrigeration
    • Trusted brand - Optibac is the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements*  

    Available to order in one pack size of 30 capsules.

    Product reviews

     

    Customer feedback collected via independent review platform Trustpilot. See more Pregnancy reviews for more customer opinions collected via our own website.

  • How To Use

    Recommended use

    Food supplement suitable for pregnant women from conception through to birth and for breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women post birth with the following recommendations:

    • Take 1 capsule daily, preferably with breakfast.
    • For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents with a cool drink / food.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • May be taken on an ongoing basis or as professionally directed.
    • For best results use daily.

    Supporting Information

    Morning sickness and/or nausea is a common symptom in pregnancy and therefore pregnant women often prefer taking supplements in the form of capsules. To make taking Pregnancy capsules as easy as possible, we recommend tilting the head forward to swallow the capsule. Details below:

    • When swallowing tablets, it’s common to put the tablet in your mouth, drink some water and knock the head back to swallow it (i.e. look up before swallowing). Doing this uses the weight of the tablet to move it to the back of the throat and makes it easier to swallow successfully.
    • With a capsule, however, this won’t work because of the air in the capsule. Instead, while the capsule and water are in the mouth, we recommend to look down before swallowing. This will buoy the capsule to the top of the water (back of the throat) and make it easier to swallow, particularly if morning sickness and/or nausea are a problem for the individual.

    Storage instructions

    • For best results, do not remove desiccant sachet from the glass jar and close lid firmly after each use.
    • Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight. For maximum potency, can be refrigerated after opening.

    Safety

    Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

    Customer Questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr. Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nutritional Medicine) Nutritional Therapist.

    Should you take friendly bacteria in pregnancy?

    Expectant mums may worry whether it's safe to take live cultures during pregnancy, especially as some other natural health supplements are not recommended at this time. However, Pregnancy contains friendly bacteria strains which have been clinically trialled in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and shown to be safe1, so it's particularly suitable for use in pregnancy and early motherhood.

    How does this supplement differ to other live cultures supplements for pregnancy?

    Pregnancy contains specific strains of friendly bacteria which have extensive research to support their use all the way from conception, throughout pregnancy and into early motherhood2. Other brands often use the same strains of live cultures in all of their supplements, and simply add other ingredients to differentiate how they can be used. Unlike other brands, Pregnancy contains live cultures which have been researched during pregnancy, so there's no need for any added ingredients. However, should you wish to take other prenatal supplements and vitamins, then it is fine to take your Pregnancy supplement alongside these.

    What are FOS fibres?

    FOS stands for Fructo-oligosaccharides and is a type of non-digestible carbohydrate. This means that it is not able to be broken down in the small intestines, and instead enters the large intestine where it is fermented by the good bacteria living there.

    References

    1. Dekker J et al. (2009). Safety aspects of probiotic bacterial strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium animalis subs. lactis HN019 in human infants aged 0-2. International Dairy Journal, 149-154.
    2. Wickens K et al. (2017). Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 117, 804-813.

  • Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Live cultures: Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14®, Bifidobacterium lactis HN019; corn starch; vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; Fructooligosaccharides (FOS 30mg); anti-caking agent: vegetable magnesium stearate

    Suitability

    • Vegan
    • No dairy
    • Gluten free
    • Suitable in pregnancy
    • Suitable for breastfeeding
    • Soy free
    • Yeast free
    • GMO free
    • Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives
    • No chemicals or parabens

    Following the taxonomic updates advised by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, a reclassification has been proposed for the Lactobacillus rhamnosus species. The L. rhamnosus strain in Pregnancy may therefore now also be known as Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus HN001.

  • Help & Advice

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  • Reviews

    Customer reviews

    • I started taking these midway through my pregnancy and have continued - baby is 4 months now. In my previous pregnancies I struggled. I did get the bifido and fibre supplement to use alongside these and that helped with that side of things.

      Anna Hughes - 7th March 2022

    • I really suffered in my first pregnancy with bloating and nausea when taking other tablets. Since taking these with my second pregnancy I have noticed a considerable difference. Would highly recommend.

      Kirsty Roberts - 20th October 2021

    • I am in my third trimester and was really struggling with indigestion, bloating and gas. I was recommended these by a friend and I am no longer feeling uncomfortable. I have also noticed energy levels have increased as I was starting to get lethargic. I also love the fact that these probiotics are aiding my babies immune system too, especially during the uncertainty of the pandemic we are in.

      Harriet Gray - 10th September 2021

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  • Delivery & Returns

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