(Closed) Prenatal vitamins—did they make you nauseous/sick to your tummy?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I take gummy prenatals without iron. They’re gentle on my stomach. Iron is usually the mineral that causes an upset stomach.

Post # 4
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I tried 3 different kinda when pregnant with my DS. The first 2 made me really sick due to the iron… I ultimately just switched b/c nothing helped. lol

The ones I’m taking now were given to me by my midwife and I haven’t had any problems =)

Post # 5
6350 posts
Bee Keeper

YES! They were very hard to digest. I would ask your dr if he can prescribe a different one.

Post # 6
64 posts
Worker bee

My midwife suggested a couple flinstones a day. Tasty and easy on the stomach.

Post # 7
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The prenatals that you only have to take once a day are EXTREMELY tough on your stomach. Most give you over 200% of your DV of iron in one pill. That’s A LOT of iron and that’s really bad for your tummy if you’re not supporting another life yet.

All you really need is the folic acid / DHA that’s in the vitamins prior to conception – at least that’s what I was told. I’m 30 weeks and just now needed to start taking an iron supplement because prior to now they were making me throw up (I was already getting enough iron in my daily diet).

Post # 8
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I take mine either with dinner or right before bed, and no problems so far.  From my understanding it is very important to start taking your prenatal vitamins at least several months before you start TTC.  This is especially true if you’re coming off of birth control pills, which apparently deplete your folic acid.  We weren’t able to plan all that far ahead, so I started taking the vitamins 2 months before TTC. 

Post # 9
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@firsttimemom: My folic acid makes my stomach upset. Of course, they say to take it with food and I’m guilty of not always doing that.

Post # 10
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I took prenatals the entire year of my engagement in order to grow out my hair and nails and I never once felt sick to my stomach. I always made sure to have eaten something beforehand and usually ate something with taking the vitamin as well.


Post # 11
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@OhBeeHive84: I take gummy prenatals ( as well as gummy calcium) and they do not make me sick at all. I started taking them in June which is a year out from when we will be TTC…. Taking it in advance will not hurt anything so I say try it 🙂

Post # 12
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I started taking prenatals about 3 weeks before we started trying. I would’ve started taking them earlier but I thought we wouldn’t be trying so soon because of a family health issue, so we only just got the green light.

I take Rainbow Light prenatals…I started with the complete system but those were 6 big horse pills a day so I switched to their Prenatal Petites, which are 3 pills that are smaller and don’t taste as bad. Both have a gentle prenatal blend and probiotics, (TMI) which have helped regulate things in the intestines more.

Post # 13
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had bought some generic prenatals at Target and they made me nauseous.  My dr. told me to take flintstone completes and they don’t make me sick at all!

Post # 14
2632 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Back when DH and I thought we were going to TTC soon, I started taking the OTC prenatals and they made me so sick.  The ones my doctor prescribed were a dream.  I don’t remember the name, but the were blue gel coated and had a light hint of a vanilla smell.  I loved them!

Post # 15
417 posts
Helper bee

I never had any problems with them. They made my hair super shiny and long and really helped my complexion! Maybe try to eat something and get something in your stomach before you take it?

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