Prenatals are making me queasy (and I'm not even pregnant)

posted 1 year ago in TTC
Post # 2
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Try taking them in the evening 

Post # 3
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

It’s the iron. I’m not TTC but I have been taking iron supplements for a long time (I have mild anaemia) and the exact same thing used to happen to me at first. The doctor advised that I take the iron supplement after eating some snack/breakfast. Although iron gets absorbed best on an empty stomach, it can cause tummy problems and nausea. The best way to do it is to either have the supplement after a light morning snack e.g. a piece of fruit or biscuits with your morning tea OR to take the supplement an hour or two after having a full breakfast. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
6866 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I had to take them at bedtime. 

Post # 5
1686 posts
Bumble bee

Take them before bedtime. 

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee

Like others have said, I take all my vitamins right before I go to bed at night. You’ll sleep through any slight nausea they cause. 

Post # 7
4609 posts
Honey bee

I had the exact same thing, so I didn’t take them. The result was two perfectly healthy babies. Just make sure to have citrus and plenty of green leafy vegetables (folic acid) to prevent neural tube defects

Post # 8
8507 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My docs said the folic acid was the main thing before you’re actually pregnant so I took a regular vitamin with less iron but still 800mg of folic acid. I was slightly anemic while pregnant so I took extra iron then so just keep that in mind to ask about when you do get pregnant. 

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

I transitioned myself on them pretty slowly. I started with halves because it made me nauseous. For me personally I just know now I need them on a full stomach, if I take it by itself I’m guaranteed to feel ill. Plus try out some different ones. A doctor once told me the best prenatal to go on is the one you can keep down. 

Post # 10
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

beetle72 :  If I don’t eat before taking them, then I will get nauseous. Eating something simple like a banana or piece of toast seemed to be enough for me to keep them down and not be nauseous.  I have since switched to taking them after dinner though just to be safe since I prefer to eat a little later than right when I wake up.

Post # 11
2628 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I had that issue too.  I switched to a gummy version and I take them at night.  No issues now!

Post # 12
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I tried a few different brands and the only way I could handle any of them was to take them immediately before bed. 

Post # 13
226 posts
Helper bee

Fwiw it’s not iron that makes me nauseous.. it’s either zinc or chromium I think. I know because I can take straight iron supplements or some brands of multivitamins without the nausa, but not others.

Like bees said you can just take your multi at bedtime. Another option is to try other brands.  Right now I take the rainbowlight one a day and so long as I’ve had a meal with it I don’t get nauseous.

Post # 14
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Try different brands! I do the gummy ones.

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