Prenatal Vitamins — Eating….

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have gummy prenatals that I take, and I’ve taken them without food or with food and it’s just…like chewing a gummy vitamin.  I showed them to my doctor and she said they were fine.  So that’s what I recommend.  The brand is VitaFusion.

Post # 4
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

They don’t have iron.  My doctor told me to eat spinach (already do) and steak a few times week.  Poor me.  

Post # 5
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I take Jamieson brand prenatals.  It says to take one caplet daily with a meal but I usually take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach because the bottle is sitting on my nightstand.  I’ve never had any nausea or stomach issues from taking it on an empty stomach.  The pills are quite large, which some people might have a problem with, and they taste like crap so I usually hold the pill between my front teeth until the glass of water is at my lips (although I don’t experience a weird aftertaste or gross burps or anything, lol).  Anyway, not sure if this is helpful at all but I just wanted to let you know that I have no problems with my prenatals!

Post # 6
2047 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

meadow_jersey:  The ones I take arnt prescription…. but I made sure to get ones that said “gentle on stomach”. I dont follow the directions about food (ill have to check and see if it says…I think it does say to eat with food) but a friend of mine gave me tip to take it when I hop into bed. I havent had any issues at all. Your not awake and in motion and smelling things so it makes sense to me! Maybe give that a try…have a snack like 2 hours before bed and pop it when your getting ready.

I havent tried to take them during the day so I dont know if it makes a difference. I asked the doctor when I went for my hcg test to confirm pregnancy if I needed presc pills instead of the over the counter and they said no, there’s really no need for it. The only thing I can see is if the ones you find over the counter dont have the high dose of folic acid or something important or your really deficient in something…. otherwise its just a money making racket lol. (my dad is a pharmasist so I hear it all….. a lot of doctors get paid a “per dium” fee for giving out specific drug prescriptions….. Drug/pill distributers go around and “sell their products” so to speak to doctors ie: if you asked all the young women going to the same doctor what BC pill they gave them…. more then likely they will all be on the same one, unless there’s an issue)

Post # 7
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

meadow_jersey:  That’s really odd – honestly, I would probably switch if I were you, just because that seems really inconvenient.  I take Rainbow Light Prenatal Petites, which are smaller so they’re easier to take, but I have to take 3 per day.  So I just take one with each meal, because it’s easiest to remember them that way.  Also, I do get pretty nauseous if I don’t take them with food, so that works best.  I’ve never heard of those kinds of specific directions – I’m wondering what is in them that makes you so nauseous when taken with food.

ETA – The Rainbow Light ones do taste gross, but they don’t have any aftertaste (I’m not burping it up after or anything).  I just make sure to already have food or drink in my mouth, then I pop the pill in when I’m ready to swallow.  No biggy.

Post # 8
4673 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I take the gummies with an iron supplement.  No food restrictions, although I usually take the iron with a granola bar in the morning.  

Post # 9
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I take GNC prenatals with iron, 2 pills with food (dinner) and I have no troubles. 

Post # 10
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have no-name prenatals and the bottle says “take with food”. I usually take them about an hour after dinner or right before bed, when my stomach is full and I’m in the washroom (where I keep them) anyway. Never any trouble with nausea which is rather remarkable, since my stomach is usually so sensitive.

Post # 11
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I take Elevit, and also Ostelin as I have a borderline Vitamin D deficiency.

I keep both on my bedside table, along with a bottle of water and take them every night just before I go to sleep! Has been pretty effective for me so far, and I’ve only missed out on them once or twice, when my bedside table was too cluttered with rubbish! Forces me to keep a tidy table 🙂

Post # 13
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just started taking the GNC prenatal vitamins.  DH is a bit of a nutrition guru and worked for GNC long ago – he absolutely insisted I take those. He tells me to take one of each pill (3 total – one is DHA, one is Calcium, and the other is a multivitamin) with breakfast – but AFTER coffee if I’m having it since that reduces your absorption.  Then I’m supposed to take the second multivitamin with lunch. There’s nothing in the directions that says they have to be taken separately, but he tells me this is the best way. I’ve had a couple of burps where I can kind of taste the fish oil pill but nothing so bad I would consider stopping. This is totally his domain so I listen!  🙂

Post # 14
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I take New Chapter which I can take with food or on an empty stomach. It’s 3 pills a day though, but it only took me a few weeks to get into the habit of taking them. Anyway, I would maybe discuss this with your doctor. Perhaps you need something better on your stomach.

Post # 15
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have prescription ones from my doctor, I think they’re SE-natal 19 or something like that? They just say to take with a glass of water, but I always take with food because it upsets my stomach otherwise. I would just ask your doctor for something else.

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