Sam Faiers is currently eight months pregnant – with her due date for her second baby in November 2017 – and has been keeping fans updated with her pregnancy on Instagram.
The Mummy Diaries star, however, has been questioned by fans after revealing her latest “obsession” with her 1.9 million followers.
Sharing Multivitamin Gum, Sam wrote: “Obsessed. This multivitamin gum is honestly my favourite gum of all time AND it gives you 25 per cent of your daily vitamin intake, you can buy it at Tesco. Peppermint and spearmint flavours.”
Sam, 26, was then immediately questioned by mums to be over the odd revelation and it’s safety.
“Are they safe to take while pregnant I’m 36 weeks?” asked one fan, responding, Sam replied: “Yes, very Safe they have folic acid in them too.”
Another asked how many Sam takes in a day, to which she replied: “I usually get through two – thee a day. But one is enough.”
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Others questioned why folic acid was so important during pregnancy, as well as debating over which vitamins were safe to take.
According to the NHS, folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) is very important for the development of a healthy foetus, as it can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
So we asked our expert – Dr Renee HoenderKamp – to shed light on some of the questions asked by Sam’s fans.
She told OK! Online exclusively: “Medication chewing gum does have advantages over pills as it’s absorbed directly through the mouth mucosa, this means it avoids the liver and so is better metabolised, which in turn increases the bioavailability of the drugs. “
Revealing it’s disadvantages, Dr Renee HoenderKamp added: “The downsides include risk of over or under dosage and if I were pregnant and needed folic acid to prevent spinal cord malformation, I would want to know I was getting the right dose. The sweetener sorbitol present in many chewing gums may also cause wind and or, diarrhoea.
Concluding, Dr Renee HoenderKamp said: “I guess we don’t know enough yet to say 100 per cent that it is an equivalent way of getting that crucial pregnancy vitamin folic acid.
“So whilst the chewing of gum itself is safe in pregnancy, I personally would want the assurance of the dose of folic acid found in tablets that has been tested and found to be critical to prevent spina bifida in trials.
“I do think it may well be the future however!”