(Closed) Prenatal Vitamins and Constipation? (TMI)

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
11735 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

they make prenatals without iron. That should clear things up. or, try to get more fiber in. 

Post # 3
47434 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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thanlon_88: Take a stool softener, up your fibre and drink more water.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012


Post # 5
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Drink a glass of apple juice per day. Helped me.

Post # 6
4997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It would be much better to take a prenatal without iron than to take a stool softener. The gummies are iron-free. I take them for the same reason.

Post # 7
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Fiberwell Gummies!  They are a lifesaver, and they taste good too.  I’ve been on them nearly my whole pregnancy, and no doctor has ever said anything bad about them.  Plus, try to add fiber-rich foods into your diet. 

Honestly though, pregnancy made my constipation way worse than the prenatals didt; plus, once you’re pregnant, you’ll probably need the iron, so I’d work on figuring out a way to handle things with the iron rather than just skipping that part.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Iron will stop you up! But if you have problems with anemia, they are also a life saver and give you energy you never thought you could have. Especially once you are pregnant because your blood volume increases a lot. Drink plenty of water and take a stool softener. Colace is great, but if you get a tummy ache from not being able to pass your stool, milk of mag is very gentle. Take it at night and you will wake up in the morning able to poop. It is wonderful. 

Post # 9
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Increase fluid intake, exercise, and fiber 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Like others have said, switch to a low iron or iron free version and then try and eat  some kind of leafy green every day. That way you’ll get iron and fiber. 


Ps, when you get pregnant the constipation gets worse. Warm lemon water, club soda, and fiber are your friends.

Post # 11
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Switch to an iron free version until you’re pregnant.  Unless you’re anemic or have a low iron diet (like me, vegetarian) then you probably don’t need the extra boost while TTC.  Just add some iron rich foods to your diet instead.  And add some fiber rich foods for a day or 2 to get you going, so to speak.

Post # 13
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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thanlon_88:  Before you give up on iron, you could also try switching brands to one that’s designed to be easy on the stomach since you’ll have to find one that works once you are PG anyway.  I take Rainbow Light Prenatal One (30 mg iron) and have never experienced any problems.  Here’s what they claim:

Plant-source enzymes, ginger juice and probiotics support digestion and absorption, for no stomach upset.

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