Post # 1
I am not currently pregnant but my doctor recommended I start taking prenatal vitamins since we will be trying soon for a baby. I got some nature made brand prenatals and starting taking them two days ago. I felt terrible immediately after I took them, nausea and major headache. The headache has lasted for the past two days and I get hot so easily at work…like sweating hot! I did not take them last night and this morning I could only eat a half of a banana because of nausea. Then, I ran 4 miles and ate lunch fine…after I got to work this afternoon…started feeling bad again with a major headache and hot flashes. I know I’m not pregnant because I just had a period 3 days ago. Does anyone know how long it takes for these vitamins to get out of my system or has anyone felt bad like this just from taking prenatal vitamins??
Post # 3
@amanda216: I don’t know how long it takes for it to be out of your system but I would suspect it will be soon. I get ill from prenatals so my doctor told me to take Flinestone vitamins and I have had no problem with those.
Post # 4
@amanda216: I took nature’sway too and felt CRAPPY. But your body WILL get used to them, I promise. I try to take them with something really strong and full of taste, like Apple juice or something that will drown out the smell and taste. I switched to many others in my process and all were the same so I stuck with nature’s way because it doesn’t have any animal biproducts and I am slowly converting to a vegetarian lifestyle.
Post # 5
You can try New Chapter Perfect Prenatalor Rainbow Light which are very gental on the stomach. May cost more but haven’t had any issues.
Post # 6
Try taking them on a full stomach (dinner maybe?) or right before you go to bed so you can sleep through any weird effects. If it persists try another brand and see if it helps!
Post # 7
Really the most important vitamin you need prior to TTC and during the first trimester is folic acid. My doctors didn’t care if I took anything other than making sure I got at least 500 mcg of folic acid every day.
Before we started TTC, I just took a Centrum multivitamin daily that had 400 mcg of folic acid. I occasionally remembered to take a 500 mcg folic acid supplement just for additional insurance, but it wasn’t necessary. As soon as I got the positive test, I switched to Belly Bar chewable prenatals and haven’t had a problem since. I take one with breakfast every morning and one with my dinner.
I would be willing to bet it’s the iron that is causing you so much trouble – prenatals have 27 mg of iron in them, which if you’re not used to a lot of iron, can be very difficult to get used to. The standard multivitamins for women have 18 mg of iron so when I switched to the prenatal after being on a standard multivitamin, it wasn’t a huge shock to my system and I haven’t had any issues with it.
For now, I’d just take a normal vitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid (the standard amount in a women’s multivitamin) and once you get pregnant, switch to the prenatals.
Post # 8
@amanda216: I tried taking that same brand and they made me feel sick almost instantly. My doc recommended the vitafusion gummies from Target…I bought them and haven’t had a problem since.
Post # 9
We just started TTC, but I’ve been taking prenatals for about six months. I originally bought Nature Made, and they made me feel yucky too. Not as bad as you’re describing, but I still felt blah. I then switched to Vitafusion Prenatal gummies, and they were sooo much better. However, I then realized they have NO iron, NO calcium, (iron can interfere with calcium absorption, but I felt like it should at least have one or the other!), AND the Vitamin A was retinol-based, which is not as healthy.
I am now taking Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System. It has the vitamins, plus red raspberry leaf, chamomile, and ginger. They don’t taste the best, (especially compared to the gummies!) but if I swallow them quickly or take them with something flavored, like juice or milk instead of water, it’s not too bad. My only complaint is that they are BIG. You are supposed to take six pills a day, (two pills three times a day, or three pills twice a day), so I thought they would be small, but nope! Other than making my urine turn BRIGHT yellow, () I haven’t had any side effects.
I’ve heard taking them two or three times a day instead of all at once not only can help the vitamins be absorbed better (before your body converts it to waste), but it can help with avoiding the yucky feeling after taking them, though I didn’t try it myself with the ones that made me feel yucky, (I threw THOSE away! lol!).
ETA: If you try the Rainbow Lights, make sure you buy them from Amazon. I just checked their website, and it’s about twice as much money for the same count if you buy it through Amazon as opposed to the Rainbow Light website).
Post # 10
I am taking Vitafusion Gummy Prenatals. They don’t make me sick at all and they actually taste good. I took regular pills with my first and I was always nausious but these are great. I have been taking them for a few months now though I only got my BFP yesterday. I would suggest those if you have a sensitive stomach.
Post # 11
I take Rainbow Light Once a Day Prenatals. Today, unfortunately I threw it up after eating something. I’m almost 9 weeks pregnant, so something could have upset it. I dug out my old Vitafusion Gummy Prenatals so that my little jellybean would still have my prenatal action for the day. Otherwise, I love Rainbow Light Once a Day Prenatals. Today was just an off day.
Post # 12
I’ve been taking Centrum Materna for a while now (pre-ttc and post-loss) and I’ve never found them hard on the stomach, and I dry swallow them on an empty stomach. I’ve also heard the gummy ones are good!
Post # 13
I take the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal. Very easy on the stomach, they are organic food-based vitamins with probiotics. And the dose is split into 3 pills a day so that makes it easier on the stomach too, and also is better for absorption because some nutrients your body can only absorb a limited amount at one time.
Post # 14
@StaceyA: This! I suggest taking them at night until you can graduate to taking them during the day w/ a meal.
Post # 15
Thank you everyone! I am finally starting to feel better!! I called my doctor’s office and they suggested trying a gummy instead of a pill! I’m going to try some in a couple of days…but pretty nervous because I don’t want to feel bad again!
Post # 16
@Ree723: so much great information! i enjoyed reading 🙂