When to take iron, calcium, and folic acid?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know with the iron you should take it one hour before a meal or two hours after. I take liquid iron for anaemia and taking it that way allows for proper absorption.

Post # 5
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Evie19:  I don’t know if it tastes horrible, I don’t remember. I’ve taken it for so many years and I get it at a pharmacy that invented flavoring for liquid meds so mine tastes like cotton candy. Ill assume it tastes like crap, I know the pills do. I travel with the pills and they make me gag just at the smell of them. I suggest gum.

Post # 7
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Evie19:  Orange juice is good. It helps the body absorb the iron better, as does vitamin c tabs.

Post # 9
Member
8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would never take iron on an empty stomach.  Maybe shortly after a meal would be okay.  Vitamin C does help with iron absorption.  I’ve never had the syrup form though, so who knows, maybe you’ll be okay before breakfast.

I think the calcium at night is fine.  I take the gummies and I’ve never had a problem with those on an empty stomach.

Post # 10
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1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Evie19:  just be careful about taking your calcium tablet before dinner if your meal contains a lot of iron. My OB actually has me taking my calcium supplement in the morning with my yogurt/coffee/sometimes cereal, and iron pill before bed, at least 1-2 hours after eating. 

Post # 11
Member
2311 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

 

I take calcium, folic acid and iron twice a day. Evening and night with meals.

Post # 12
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your body can only absorb 500 mg of Calcium at one time. Requirement in pregnancy is something like 1000-1500 mg, so you’ll be taking Calcium more than once.

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