Thursday 11 September 2014

FREE Folic Acid at ASDA Pharmacies this September.

I loved being pregnant with Bug and really hope that I one day I am lucky enough to be pregnant again with another baby for a happy 9 months. The only slight downside to my pregnancy with Bug was suffering from Gestational Diabetes thanks to my PCOS and suffering from severe morning sickness throughout my pregnancy.

As I suffered from severe morning sickness with Bug I can sympathise with Kate Middleton who is expecting her second child and is unfortunately suffering from severe morning sickness once again.

With the recent news about Kate Middleton expecting her second child, Faisal Tuddy, the deputy superintendent pharmacist at Asda comments: "We are delighted to hear the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting another baby. Unfortunately once again Kate is suffering from severe morning sickness as she did with her first pregnancy. Morning sickness is very common amongst pregnant women, however there are a number of home remedies to help reduce symptoms and make pregnancy more manageable. These include the following:

* Having sufficient rest: Making sure you have time to relax is imperative as tiredness can make your nausea worse
* Sipping on plenty of fluids slowly throughout the day: This will keep you hydrated which might help prevent vomiting
* Allowing yourself time to get up in the morning: Not rushing, getting out of bed at a slow pace or having a piece of toast can help take the edge off sickness early in the morning
* Eating small amounts of food frequently as opposed to big meals: It is important to make sure you are still eating throughout the day without over doing it
* Wearing comfortable clothes: Wearing baggy clothes without a tight waistband will help make you more comfortable

Morning sickness usually subsides between 12-14 weeks after conception, allowing expectant mothers to get on and enjoy the rest of their pregnancy.”

When you are pregnant it is important to take care of yourself to help increase the chance of a happy and healthy pregnancy. As Asda realise the importance of taking care of yourself during pregnancy they are offering women immediate access to a fully qualified health professional at Asda Pharmacies who can offer advice on health, diets and tips for sustaining a healthy pregnancy.

This September, during its tri-annual baby event, Asda pharmacies will once again be offering three month’s supply of Folic Acid free of charge to expectant mothers or those trying to conceive. This is the second time Asda has offered its customers free Folic Acid in an initiative of this kind, which shows Asda’s ongoing commitment to its customers’ health.

While it’s well known that Folic Acid should be taken by women trying to conceive during the early stages of pregnancy, few understand why. Folic Acid is an essential vitamin to take pre and during early pregnancy as it can reduce the risk of severe birth defects as well as complications throughout a pregnancy. While some foods are good sources of Folic Acid, it’s not enough to provide the amounts needed during pregnancy so taking Folic Acid supplements is vital.

When collecting their free Folic Acid throughout the baby event, a visit to Asda Pharmacy will also give women immediate access to a fully qualified health professional who can offer invaluable advice on health, diet and tips for sustaining a healthy pregnancy.

Faisal Tuddy, commercial pharmacy manager at Asda, said: “Folic Acid is an essential vitamin for expectant mothers or those trying to conceive. We’re delighted to be able to offer three month’s supply free of charge to those who need it the most,  caring about the health of our customers.”

Folic Acid Prices
Folic Acid Price (400mg tablets)
Price per Tablet
ASDA Baby Event
0 (90 tablets)
£0.65 (90 tablets)
£1.05 (90 tablets)
£5.99 (180 tablets)
£3.49 (112 tablets)
Holland and Barrett
£7.99 (250 tablets)

Visit your local Asda Pharmacy or if you’re not sure where that is you can find details at the store locator at  Asda Pharmacy is availabile in 255 Asda stores.

Asda’s Baby Event is running until 15th September. Three month’s supply of Folic Acid is available until stocks last.