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Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals

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Vital Essence 1 is a vitamin and mineral supplement for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The first three months of pregnancy are in many ways the most crucial stage of a baby’s development - the time when all of his or her organs and systems are forming, as well as hands, feet, and limbs. It is now recognised that a mother’s diet immediately before conception and in the first weeks of pregnancy can influence the way that the embryo develops. 

  • Premium nutrition for mother and baby - weeks 0-12 of pregnancy
  • Includes the recommended 400mcg of Folate (Folic Acid)
  • Suitable for vegans

Quantity: 90 capsules, 1 month's supply

*femme do not endorse products, nor do we confirm their effectiveness; instead we recommend that you always seek advice from your GP (and your fertility clinic, especially if you are taking prescribed fertility medication) before product use*


Why you need it:

  • The first three months of pregnancy are a crucial stage for the baby's development, encompassing the formation of organs, systems, hands, feet, and limbs. The formulation of Vital Essence 1 is specifically designed to meet the micro-nutrient demands essential during this early pregnancy period.
  • Recognising the impact of a mother's diet before conception and in the initial weeks of pregnancy, this supplement addresses the influence these factors can have on the embryo's development. Investing in the best nutrition during this period not only supports the baby's start to life but also enhances the chances of a healthy pregnancy.
  • Vital Essence 1 supplies a comprehensive array of micro-nutrients crucial for early pregnancy, including 400ug of Folate in the superior L-Methylfolate form. The inclusion of protective ingredients such as Beta Carotene, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, and Zinc supports normal cell division and helps protect DNA.

Why we love it:

  • Zita West products, including Vital Essence 1, are developed in response to the latest research, ensuring they remain at the forefront of clinical and nutritional thinking for optimum reproductive health. Regular reviews and reformulations reflect a commitment to staying aligned with cutting-edge insights.
  • The formulation goes beyond basic nutrient provision, incorporating ingredients like Beta Carotene for Vitamin A support. This approach emphasises not only meeting the nutrient demands but also considering protective elements that contribute to overall maternal and foetal health during early pregnancy.
  • The recommended intake of one capsule three times a day (with food) enhances convenience and promotes regular nutrient supply throughout the day. This structured approach aligns with the changing demands of the body during the crucial first three months of pregnancy.

What's inside (and why):

  • 400ug of Folate (L-Methylfolate): Folate, provided in the superior L-Methylfolate form, offers 400ug, supporting a range of cellular activities beyond minimising the risk of spina bifida. Its advanced form ensures effectiveness in various cellular processes.
  • Beta Carotene: A safe source of Vitamin A support, emphasising the importance of this vitamin during early pregnancy without the associated risks. Beta Carotene contributes to a well-rounded approach to nutritional support.
  • Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, and Zinc: These minerals play vital roles in supporting normal cell division and helping protect DNA. Their inclusion underscores the supplement's emphasis on comprehensive early pregnancy support.
how to use


Take one capsule, three times a day (with food), alongside a good quality diet, to help support the changing demands of your body during the first three months of your pregnancy.



Vitamin C, Iron, Biotin, Magnesium, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Folate, Vitamin E, Selenium, Vitamin D, CoQ10, Zinc, Choline

Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
Zita West Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals
  • Dairy free

  • Gluten free

  • Vegan & vegetarian

  • Yeast free

Easy to order and great service when I’ve asked questions about the products.
The vitamins and the packing are great products… I just wish there was one tablet, or fewer tablets to take each day which did the same thing. For example, I’m currently using the first trimester pack, a single folic acid tablet would be great.. three times a day allows opportunity to miss one.


I’ve taken these supplements for one year pre and antenatally. They have supported me to conceive immediately when trying & my health during pregnancy. I still suffered with low iron despite a good diet and took additional magnesium but they have overall provided me with a healthy pregnancy & I have recommended them to others. Wish I had taken them with my first pregnancy too.

Chantelle Haworth

I've tried Zita West 1st trimester pregnancy care package for about 1 week now. The supplements help greatly with my constipation problem.

Shaoqi Fan

Great service thank you, I ordered a vitamin supplement for my wife and I, they arrived two days later. This is the second box of vitamin supplement (vitamin) I have ordered, I have been really pleased with the first box; I believe they have helped increase the stats of my male fertility samples, so for me a brilliant product. I definitely recommend.

Trevor Doyle

This product are excellent. Used them 2.5m and I was pregnant (after a miscarriage). I can’t prove it s the products that made the difference but I do feel they gave me the right nutrients after that bad experience and prepared me to be at best. My first trimester has been great so far (finger crossed): little nausea and really except for feeling tired, I felt always strong. Thanks for your product, they cost more but I do feel they are worth it.


Frequently asked

My GP says if I am eating a good diet, I do not need to take vitamins?

In Zita West's experience, even if you have a healthy diet – which many people don’t these days, given missed, hurried or convenience meals – growing numbers of mothers-to-be want the added reassurance of knowing they are getting all the most important vitamins and minerals they need. Not least because intensive food production and processing has stripped many foods of a lot of their nourishment. In Zita West's opinion, a good multi vitamin and mineral supplement is essential during pregnancy, if only as an insurance policy.

Is it ok to keep on taking Vital essence 1 when I am into the 2nd trimester?

It’s perfectly fine to keep on using Vital Essence 1 for a few weeks after the end of the 1st trimester, for example to finish off a bottle that you have only just started. The differences in the formulation of Vital Essence 2 are not huge, and have just been made in order to fine-tune the formulation to make it as specific as possible to the particular needs of your body as you move into this middle stage of pregnancy.

What is 'RDA' and why are so many of the ingredients in Vital essence 1 higher than 100%?

“RDA” is an abbreviation of “Recommended Daily Allowance.” The RDA was devised by the Dept of Health in the UK in 1979 to provide guidance on the intake of a limited number of specific vitamins and minerals that an average adult should have daily in order to avoid a deficiency that may lead to disease or general ill-health. Whereas this was, and remains, a useful benchmark for judging the contribution that any supplement may make to reaching those minimum requirements, it wasn’t intended to represent an indication of optimum intake. You will probably have noticed that many supplements, particularly premium priced ones such as Zita West's own, contain daily levels that are frequently many times higher than the RDA, sometimes substantially so. This is because the vitamins and minerals concerned have been set at therapeutic levels in an attempt to boost the body’s store of the nutrients concerned, often for a particular and limited period of time, the need for which can of course vary depending on factors such as general health, age etc. It is universally recognised that pregnancy, and preparing for pregnancy, for example, benefit from special attention to nutrition on the part of both partners. All of the formulations within the Zita West range are well within the Government’s guidelines for what represents the upper safe limit (USL) for long term daily supplementation of any given nutrient.

What supplements should I take in first trimester?

The first three months of pregnancy are in many ways the most crucial stage of a baby’s development – the time when all of his or her organs and systems are forming, as well as hands, feet, and limbs. It is now recognised that a mother’s diet immediately before conception and in the first weeks of pregnancy can influence the way that the embryo develops.

Alongside Zita West Vital Essence 1, we recommend taking Vital DHA for maximum benefit to your overall nutrition.

For those looking for a comprehensive range of supplements to support them in their first trimester, take a look at Zita West Newly Pregnant Trimester 1 Support Pack. The pack contains all of the supplements we recommend to support you throughout the first trimester

Should I be taking vitamins during early pregnancy?

Yes, it is recommended that women take prenatal vitamins during early pregnancy to ensure that both the mother and the developing foetus receive adequate nutrition. Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated with higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals that are important for foetal development, such as folic acid, iron, and calcium.

What supplements should I take at 5 weeks pregnant?

It is recommended to take a prenatal multivitamin and a folic acid supplement in the first trimester, as well as vitamin D.

Zita West Vital Essence 1 contains all of the vitamins and minerals recommended for the first trimester, as well as folic acid, in the more absorbable form of folate.

Zita West also recommend taking Zita West Vital DHA, to support foetal development too.

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