Post # 1
Hi Ladies…I have been taking Nature Made Prental + DHA (from Costco) and I am starting to wonder about side effects. I’ve been taking them for about 5 months now.
I take them at night because they made me extremely nauseous and dizzy in the morning (even with food).
I’ve been extremely bloated lately and I never was before. I alternate between constipation and diarrhea, which is not too different than before. I get mild headaches in the evening some nights. And the most Too Much Information I’ve noticed bloody stool twice (which I have not seen listed as a side effect).
My sister has had somewhat similar issues and we are both taking the same vitamin.
Should I switch brands? Should I quit taking iron until I’m actually pregnant?
I know I should also ask my doctor, but I have a very large HMO type plan and last time I asked questions about prenatals he said I need iron and folic acid and that I can get them anywhere. That’s about it.
Anyone else notice side effects?
Post # 3
I had some that would make me nauseated if I took them at night. I’d suggest taking yours after you’ve eaten to limit side effects.
I take the gummy ones and add the iron and calcium that they are lacking with other suppliments.
Post # 4
Are you sure it’s blood in the stool and not just the iron coming out that your body can’t absorb? I don’t take iron for that specific fact.
Post # 5
@Miss Sapphire: I really have no idea. Today was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it. It was a cloudy red that looked like dye in the water. I guess that could be iron? There was nothing on the TP.
Post # 6
Me too! Although I’m not taking prenatals. But I was taking Nature Made multivitamins and I started feeling all weird. I would get really dizzy and just feel “off”, and sometimes nauseated. I went on the internet and found that LOTS of people get weird side effects from Nature Made and other popular synthetic vitamins. I read some advice from others having this problem, and people recommended food-based vitamins. I guess the major brands- Centrum, Nature Made, Target brand etc all are vitamins with their ingredients synthetically created in labs, while food based vitamins derive the vitamins from food sources. I have yet to actually try taking food based vitamins, but after doing the research, it makes sense to me.
Also I have heard that any vitamin with a lot of iron in it is going to make you feel sick if you have a sensitive stomach.
As far as blood in the stool, it sounds from the diarrhea/constipation/bloating you’re having that maybe you have IBS or possibly even celiac disease? I’m not trying to dianose or anything, but I have IBS myself and those were all my symptoms. IMO you always want to get bloody stool checked out. Mine was attributed to my IBS, but you don’t want to mess around since you can get those symptoms from other things like colon cancer or diverticulitis. Anyway, what has helped me tremendously with my IBS is eating yogurt everyday, and taking Metamucil at night.
Hope you start feeling better!
Post # 7
@JaneyD: Not being a doctor, this sounds exactly like what I experianced with iron supplements (or prenatal pills with iron).
My advice, again, not a doctor. Kick the iron in the supplements, eat a lot of leafy vegi’s, see if the bathroom issues clear up and if it doesn’t call your doctor. I also agree with Camrie that taking them in the morning with food is a lot easier than letting them stew all night in your tummy.
Post # 8
I was exhausted and was constantly having bowel movements. I talked to my dr. and she recommended taking woman’s one a day. They don’t have such a high concentration of some of the non-essential vitamins as pre-natals but they do have a sufficient amount of those vitamins that are crucial.
Post # 9
My only side effect, if you could call it that, was puking them back up. They’d go down… then come right back up. I couldn’t even take Flinstone vitamins!!!
I was told to take Flintstone Vitamins (seriously, they told me what name brand to use!) if I couldn’t handle the prenatal vitamin. I’d try switching to that and see if it solves the problem. If it does, let the dr’s know and they should say to just keep taking them.
Otherwise, call the dr and tell ’em what’s going on and what you should do. Better safe than sorry, right?
Hope this helped and you figure out what’s going on!!!!
Post # 10
I had problems with prenatals, so I switched to Ultra Prenatal which are food based vitamins. I love them and recommend them to all TTC/pregnant women. Maybe it’s time to try something else. Constipation is awful.
Post # 11
You know, if vitamins are making you sick or you’re having adverse side effects from taking them, that’s usually your body’s signal that you don’t need them. If you’re eating a healthy, well rounded diet and getting sufficient vitamins from your food, you don’t need any extras. That’s when they come out one way or the other, so stop taking them, and check with your Dr.
Post # 12
@ItWasntMe: I definitely agree with calling the dr.
But… I was anemic with both pregnacies and couldn’t even take Slow-Fe, a brand name slow-releasing iron supplement. It had the same effect as the vitamins. So, no, sometimes it’s just a body’s way of rejecting something it doesn’t like, even if it’s needed.
OP: good luck! and let us know how this turns out!
Post # 13
I checked the bottle and the ones I’m taking have 150% of DV iron. I really like the food-based vitamins idea. I’ll look for those. Otherwise, maybe stopping iron for now…
@gr8tlexi: It doesn’t scare me at all! I read a ton today and it could definitely (maybe) be some type of bowel syndrome too. It’s weird because I have never talked about bowel stuff aloud EVER, not even with my family, so I guess I’m not really sure what’s normal! For now I’m just going to keep paying attention to symptoms. I’m not even sure if it really is blood or the iron or even from beets I ate yesterday (although I only had like 3 small ones, but I saw it mentioned…).
Post # 14
The food based vitamins are my favorite. I got mine from Earth Fare. Its an organic type grocery store.
I switched to these because they have DHA but no iron. Avaiable most places. I haven’t heard great things about the Nature Made vitamins.
Post # 15
Oh wow. I’m so sorry.
Although I don’t know much about this I agree with switching brands.
I really like the idea of food based vitamins as well.
Does anyone else have recos on brands as well?
Would you mind sharing how much those are?
Post # 16
I take the same kind as you but haven’t noticed any side effects. I do take them in the morning, or at latest lunchtime. Hope you find one that works for you!