(Closed) Can’t keep down my prenatal vitamin

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It just comes with the territory of a ton of iron combined with normal hormonal changes in early pregnancy causing nausea. I asked my doctor for a different prescription and she recommended the Target brand prenatal vitamins. They didn’t make me sick at all. Helps to drink them with ginger ale too.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you taking a prenatal that has iron in it for a reason?  If your doctor doesn’t think you need the iron maybe a different pill would help, especially since the first trimester when your stomach is most sensitive. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The only time I ever threw up when I was pregnant was after taking my prenatal vitamins. I talked to my doctor to come up with some other options, specific foods to eat to take the place of, other vitamins in place of, etc.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Another suggestion that I have heard from several physicians (I just finished my Ob/Gyn rotation) is that you can also try Flinestone vitamins instead if you can’t keep down the prenatal vitamins.  Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m not expecting, but taking gummy prenatals specifically Vitafusion with a calcium supplement. I’m not adding iron into the mix until we’re pregnant. For now, it’s been getting my folic acid levels up. I also suggest gummy vitamins because my vitamin resistant husband (trouble swallowing the pill) is even liking his gummies after trying one of my mine.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I have another issue with iron (I end up peeing it out and it looks like I’m bleeding…which totally freaks me out) so, I take the GNC brand without iron.  If your doctor isn’t telling you point blank that you MUST have iron then I would find some without.  They will monitor your iron through your blood draws.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not pregnant, but I wanted to comment.  Typically, you shouldn’t take iron and calcium containing supplements/ foods together at the same time.  Calcium inhibits iron absorption (basically, if you’re not absorbing the iron, it’s not doing you any good).  They should definitely be spaced out by several hours… sorry! 

Do you eat foods rich in iron?  (red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens, iron-enriched cereals, beans, etc)?  If so, you may not need an iron supplement unless instructed by your physician.

Note: this is not meant as medical advice.  Always consult your personal physician or pharmacist when making medical decisions.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

 I heard at work from ladies that had the same issue especially when pregnant that their physicians told them to take their prenatal vitamins right before they go to bed and that seemed to help them…but thats not from personal experience!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Can you get a pill spitter and cut it into smaller peices to take throughout the day so you don’t have the whole shebang at once?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

No, taking iron on an empty stomach isn’t bad.  If you can keep the vitamin down, it’s best to take it with just water.  If not, you could try drinking V8 instead of milk.  It’s nice and thick and helps keep your tummy settled.

Like PP said, you could also try chewables for kids.  They taste good and don’t usually upset your stomach.

If you just can’t keep them down, try liquid vitamins at GNC.  Maybe it’s the pill thing and an already dissolved vitamin may help.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Since you aren’t anemic, I would try a prenatal without the iron.  There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, so maybe it’s making you sick because you’re getting all the iron you need in the foods you eat.

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