• Enfamil Expecta® Prenatal Dietary Supplement - For Pregnant and Nursing Moms

Enfamil Expecta® Prenatal Dietary Supplement

For Pregnant and Nursing Moms

Last Updated: Monday, October 5, 2015

Indication: Enfamil Expecta Prenatal Dietary Supplement is for pregnant and nursing women. It helps supply DHA and other important nutrients their diet may lack.

  • DHA, folic acid, and other important vitamins and minerals
  • Choline—a nutrient most prenatal supplements lack
  • Vitamin D—50% more than One a Day® Women’s Prenatal

The patient should consult her doctor before taking any supplement. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega–3 fatty acid that is an important structural element of the brain and retina*†. In fact, DHA is a component important for baby’s brain and eye development*†.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

† The effects of DHA on infant brain and eye development have been studied using a range of methods and different sources of DHA including fish oils and DHA derived from algae (which is the source used in Expecta). The chemical structure of DHA is the same, regardless of which of these sources is used. For more information, see references.

  • Product Features
    • Nutrition from Preconception through Weaning


      DHA

      Meets the level recommended by WHO/FAO1‡ and is one of the prenatal supplements that has a non-fish DHA source.

      • Rapidly accumulates in the brain during the third trimester and the first years of life2,3
      • Helps support prenatal and postnatal brain and eye development4,5*†

      Choline

      Added to help meet the level recommended for pregnancy and lactation by the Institute of Medicine6 — most prenatal supplements lack this nutrient.

      • Helps support brain development7*†

      One A Day is a registered trademark of an entity unrelated to Mead Johnson & Company, LLC.

      These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. † The effects of DHA on infant brain and eye development have been studied using a range of methods and different sources of DHA including fish oils and DHA derived from algae (which is the source used in Expecta). The chemical structure of DHA is the same, regardless of which of these sources is used. For more information, see references. ‡ IU: international units; WHO/FAO = World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

      Vitamin D

      • Has 600 IU Vitamin D — 50% more than One a Day® Women's Prenatal§
      • Supports bone health8*
      • Supplementing with Vitamin D in pregnant women may help improve maternal Vitamin D levels, which are commonly insufficient during pregnancy9

      Folic Acid

      Meets level recommended by the Institute of Medicine6

      • May help support neural tube development6*

      Additional key vitamins and minerals

      To help meet recommended daily values

      • Nutrients you've come to expect in a supplement to help support growth and development*
  • DHA Intakes
      • While a daily value for DHA has not been established, expert panels have recommended at least 200 mg DHA/day for pregnant and nursing women1,10
      • The average intake of DHA by pregnant or nursing women in the U.S. is about 54 mg/day11
      • Dietary DHA sources include foods such as salmon, tuna, and other fatty fish. The FDA and EPA have advised pregnant and nursing women to avoid certain fish due to mercury levels, and to eat up to 12 ounces per week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury

      One A Day is a registered trademark of an entity unrelated to Mead Johnson & Company, LLC.

      These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. § Enfamil Expecta Prenatal has not been shown to be superior to Women’s One-A-Day in promoting infant bone health.

  • Supplement Facts
    • Softgel

      Serving Size: 1 Softgel Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
      Calories 5
      Total Fat 0.5 g 1%*
      DHA 200 mg

      * Percent daily values are based on a 2000 caloric diet. ¶ Daily value not established.

      Multivitamin & Mineral Tablet

      Serving Size: 1 Tablet Amount Per Serving % Daily Value#
      Vitamin A (50% as Beta-Carotene, 50% Vitamin A Acetate) 4000 IU 50%
      Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 60 mg 100%
      Vitamin D (as D3 Cholecalciferol) 600 IU 150%
      Vitamin E (as Vitamin E Acetate) 30 IU 100%
      Thiamin (as Thiamin Mononitrate) 1.7 mg 100%
      Riboflavin 2mg 100%
      Niacin (as Niacinamide) 20mg 100%
      Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 2.5 mg 100%
      Folic Acid 800 mcg 100%
      Vitamin B12 8 mcg 100%
      Biotin 300 mcg 100%
      Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate) 10 mg 100%
      Calcium (as Calcium Carbonate) 300 mg 23%
      Iron (as Ferrous Fumarate) 28 mg 156%
      Iodine (as Potassium Iodide) 150 mcg 100%
      Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide) 50 mg 11%
      Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) 15 mg 100%
      Copper (as Cupric Sulfate) 2 mg 100%
      Choline (as Choline Bitartrate) 55 mg

      ¶ Daily value not established. # % Daily Value for Pregnant/Lactating Women.

  • Directions For Use
    • One softgel and one tablet daily with a meal. Swallow whole with water.

  • Product Characteristics
      • Mercury-free, non-fish source of DHA with an added hint of lemon for digestive comfort
  • Product Form
    • Enfamil Expecta® Prenatal Dietary Supplement is available in a carton pack with 30 DHA softgel and 30 multivitamin and mineral tablets.

      Item #: 3006E7
      Description: Expecta DHA Multivitamin Combo Pack
      Unit Size: 12 Combo Packs
      Cal./Unit: N/A
      Prod. Yield / Unit (fl oz): N/A
      Case: 12 cartons per case
      HCPCS Code: N/A
      Reimbursement Code: 0087–510585

  • Composition
    • Ingredients: As noted in supplement facts.

      Other Ingredients:

      Softgel - Gelatin, glycerin, high oleic sunflower oil, water, lemon oil, soy lecithin, rosemary extract, colors (carmine and turmeric), ascorbyl palmitate (antioxidant) and mixed natural tocopherols (antioxidant).

      Multivitamin & Mineral Tablet - Microcrystalline cellulose, partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, croscarmellose sodium, fish gelatin (Vitamin E emulsifier derived from cod, pollock, haddock, hake, cusk, redfish, sole & flounder), mono- & diglycerides, talc, beef gelatin, ethyl cellulose, yellow 6 lake, antioxidants (sodium ascorbate, dl-alpha-tocopherol, citric acid), BHT (a preservative). May contain shrimp.

      CAUTION

      Store at room temperature in a dry place; keep tightly closed.

      Protect from excessive heat or freezing.

      Do not use if safety seal bearing SEALED FOR YOUR PROTECTION underneath cap is torn or missing.

      WARNING Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

  • References
    • 1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition: Report of an Expert Consultation (2010).

      2. Makrides M. Is there a dietary requirement for DHA in pregnancy? Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2009;81:171-174.

      3. Koletzko B, Lien E, Agostoni C, et al. The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy. Review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations. J Perinat Med.2008;36:5-14.

      4. Brenna JT, Lapillonne A. Background paper on fat and fatty acid requirements during pregnancy and lactation. Ann Nutr Metab. 2009;55:97-122.

      5. Jensen CL, Voigt RG, Llorente AM, et al. Effects of early maternal docosahexaenoic acid intake on neuropsychological status and visual acuity at five years of age of breast-fed term infants. J Pediatr. 2010;157:900-905.

      6. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, DC: The National Academy Press; 1998.

      7.Zeisel SH, Niculescue MD. Perinatal choline influences brain structure and function. Nutr Rev. 2006;64:197-203.

      8. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: The National Academy Press; 2011.

      9. Yu CK, Sykes L, Sethi M, et al. Vitamin D deficiency and supplementation during pregnancy. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2009;70:685-690.

      10. Koletzko B, Cetin I, Brenna JT, et al. Dietary fat intakes for pregnant and lactating women. Br J Nutr. 2007;98:873-877.

      11. Benisek D, Shabert J, Skornik R. Dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids by pregnant or lactating women in the United States [abstract]. Obstet Gynecol. 2000;95(suppl):77s-78s.

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