Vital Essence 1 - First Trimester Vitamins & Minerals


Vital Essence 1 is specifically formulated to support both you and your baby during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, addressing concerns such as reducing tiredness and fatigue while promoting healthy bone growth.  

Each serving contains 400μg of Folic Acid in the active form Folate, meeting the recommended intake to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the developing foetus. 

Trimester 1 brings together a whirlwind of changes, as your baby forms vital organs and neural pathways. This rapid growth demands a precise balance of nutrients. Vital Essence 1 delivers high-quality Folate (active form of Folic Acid), Iron, and Iodine, safeguarding against neural tube defects, supporting early foetal growth and increasing energy levels.  

This has been complemented with Beta Carotene, an important micronutrient supporting immune health and foetal development, particularly eye health. A precursor to vitamin A, the body will only convert what it needs, making it the perfect choice for maintaining optimum nutrition safely throughout pregnancy.

  • Premium nutrition for the 1st trimester  
  • Providing the recommended intake of Folic Acid, in the active form Folate  
  • 60 capsules (2 capsules daily)  


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  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegan

  • Vegetarian

  • Yeast Free

Who is it for?

During trimester one, your body is laying the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. The neural tube, which forms your baby's brain and spinal cord, is developing. Vital Essence 1 contains the NHS recommended intake of Folic Acid (400μg), in the active form Folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects.  

Iron plays a vital role in building your blood supply and ensuring your baby gets the oxygen it needs, whilst reducing tiredness and fatigue.  Iodine steps in to support proper thyroid function—vital for the early stages of growth. Towards the end of the first trimester, your infant starts laying down their bones and Calcium contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.  

This period of rapid growth demands more than a standard diet can provide. Vital Essence 1 delivers high quality nutrients your body needs in carefully formulated doses. We understand that each trimester brings unique needs. That's why our supplements are backed by the latest clinical research, ensuring you and your baby receive the best support during this dynamic time. 

Suitable for daily use by women during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. Take 2 capsules per day with a cold drink, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Capsules can be taken together, or dose split during the day. Vital Essence 1 is safe to take alongside all Zita West pregnancy supplements (excluding Pregnancy Plan).  



Vitamin C

Fertility: Important antioxidant which assists in protecting both partners' DNA from oxidative damage for healthy eggs and sperm. Also critical for the normal function of the immune system and helps with absorption of Iron

Pregnancy: A powerhouse supporting immune health and collagen formation.



Fertility: Important for the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin, normal oxygen transport and the proper functioning of the immune system

Pregnancy: Vital for increasing blood supply to support both you and your baby.


Folate (active form of Folic Acid)

Female Fertility: Important to build stores prior to pregnancy. Needed for the development of red blood cells and DNA production

Male Fertility: Vitally important for the normal functioning of the immune system and for normal cell division

Pregnancy: Known to help prevent spina bifida. Works together with Vitamin B12 to ensure healthy cell-division and normal tissue growth during pregnancy

Postnatal: Promotes the production of new and healthy cells for your body. Supplementation can be valuable as good supplies are hard to get from food alone, especially when breastfeeding

Vitamin B12

Female Fertility: Helps to maintain the normal production and metabolism of men’s reproductive hormones.

Pregnancy: Promotes nerve and red blood cell health.


Pregnancy: Critical for cellular function and energy metabolism.

Vitamin B6

Pregnancy: Promotes nerve and red blood cell health.


Pregnancy: Ensures proper thyroid function crucial for early foetal growth.


Source Ingredients:

Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Vegetarian Capsule Shells (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Iron Bisglycinate, Choline Bitartrate (Silicon Dioxide), Zinc Citrate, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Menaquinone-7 (Vitamin K2) (Sucrose, Acacia Gum, Corn Starch, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Tricalcium Phosphate), Nu-Flow Rice Silica, Beta Carotene (Sodium Alginate, Pea Starch, Acacia Gum), Sodium Selenite Trituration (Selenium) (Dicalcium Phosphate), Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Marigold Flower Extract (Lutein) (Modified Food Starch, Corn Starch, Glucose Syrup, Sodium Ascorbate, DL-Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3 (Lichen)) (Corn Syrup Solids, Acacia Gum, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate (Vitamin E), Biotin (Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose), Manganese Citrate, Copper Citrate, Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12) (Dicalcium Phosphate), Chromium Picolinate Trituration (Chromium) (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Quatrefolic® (6S)-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic Acid, Glucosamine Salt, Potassium Iodide (Iodine) (Microcrystalline Cellulose). 

Allergens: None. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I choose Vital Essence 1 for the first trimester?

  • Why is there vitamin A in this product?

  • What key changes am I experiencing in the first trimester that Vital Essence 1 addresses?

  • What is the difference between folic acid and folate?

  • Does Vital Essence contain the recommended intake of folic acid?

  • What supplements should I take in first trimester?

  • Should I be taking vitamins during early pregnancy?

  • Why has the capsule intake reduced from 3 to 2 for Vital Essence 1?

  • How do I take Vital Essence 1?

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