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If you have a question about taking nutritional supplements, you’ve come to the right place. Find the answers in the frequently asked questions below.

About Nestlé® Materna®

  • I am having difficulty swallowing my NESTLÉ MATERNA tablets. What can I do?
    • You can crush the tablet and then mix the powder in a drink. A pill crusher can be purchased from a local pharmacy. Or you can cut the tablet in half along the bisecting line. Try to cut the tablet evenly, as sharp ends may be difficult to swallow.
  • Is NESTLÉ MATERNA kosher?
    • No.
  • Is NESTLÉ MATERNA halal?
    • No.

About Multivitamin Supplements

  • When should a woman start taking a prenatal multivitamin?
    • A woman should start taking a prenatal multivitamin containing folic acid at least 10 - 12 weeks prior to conception - when she is trying to conceive or planning a pregnancy.
  • How long should a woman take a prenatal multivitamin?
    • Experts recommend for a woman to continue taking a daily multivitamin containing 0.4 - 1.0 mg folic acid for 4 - 6 weeks postpartum or for as long as breastfeeding continues1.
      1Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. J Obstet Gyneacol Can. 2015; 37(6):534-549.
  • What time of day should a woman take a prenatal multivitamin?
    • You can take a prenatal multivitamin at any time of day. But it’s ideal to take your multivitamin together with a meal because it not only helps the tablet to disintegrate, it also makes it easier for your body to absorb the vitamin’s nutrients. Taking a prenatal multivitamin at mealtime helps minimize the potential for stomach upset, as well (especially if you are sensitive to iron). You’ll also find it easier to incorporate your prenatal multivitamin into your daily routine if you take it at the same time every day.

About Folic Acid

  • What is folic acid?
    • Folic acid is a B vitamin essential for the healthy development of the fetus, brain, and skull during the early weeks of pregnancy.
  • What is the difference between folic acid and folate?
    • Folate and folic acid are B vitamins. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably but there is the difference. Folate is the form which is naturally found in foods, and folic acid is the synthetic version used to fortify foods and is what’s used in prenatal multivitamins. Folic acid is a more active form of this essential nutrient, compared to its natural counterpart, folate.
  • Why should I take folic acid before I get pregnant?
    • Spina bifida and other neural tube defects (NTDs) occur between the third and fourth week of fetal development, a time when most women don't even know that they are pregnant. Because up to 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, all women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin containing folic acid every day in order to help prevent NTDs. Be sure to take a multivitamin that also contains vitamin B12. Folic acid helps reduce the risk of birth defects by more than 70% if taken before pregnancy.
  • What is the recommended level of folic acid for pregnancy?
    • The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of folic acid during pregnancy is 0.6 mg. However, most prenatal multivitamins/mineral supplements will provide up to 1 mg of folic acid.
      Health Canada recommends that all women who are pregnant or breastfeeding take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4 mg of folic acid1. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends that women, with no personal health risks for neural tube defects, take a multivitamin with 0.4 mg to 1.0 mg of folic acid throughout pregnancy2.
      1Health Canada. Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines for Health Professionals. 2009. Accessed: May 28, 2015.
      2Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. J Obstet Gyneacol Can. 2015; 37(6):534-549.
  • Where can I get folic acid?
    • Folate (folic acid) can be found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, red kidney beans, chicken liver and corn. However, most women find it difficult to get the recommended level of folate from food alone. For example, you would have to consume 2 cups of spinach each day to get enough folate to meet the daily requirements. Taking a prenatal multivitamin such as NESTLÉ MATERNA, which has 1 mg of folic acid, provides assurance that you are getting the daily requirement.
  • What are neural tube defects (NTDs), spina bifida and anencephaly?
    • Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the brain (anencephaly) and/or spinal cord (spina bifida). NTDs occur when the tissues that form the brain and spinal cord fail to develop properly. These defects occur in the first 4 weeks of fetal development - usually before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

Disposing of Expired Product

  • What should I do when the product expires?
    • Don't throw out your expired or unused natural health products. For more information on how to safely dispose of these products, please visit
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