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prenatal s/o - ? for those whose vitamin makes them sick

post #1 of 8
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Hey there - So I'm starting to suspect that my prenatal is making my m/s worse. I skipped it for the last two days and felt much better. Nowhere near normal but definitely better than I had for the previous week or so.

But I've been taking the same pill (Materna) for three years straight, since starting TTC #1, and never feel sick when not pregnant. I actually find that generally it helps my system, making me more regular if you know what I mean. But with DS, I was terribly sick for five months and now it's setting in again. So for those of you who feel worse when they take a prenatal, does it also affect you when you're not pregnant or is it the combination of the pill and pregnancy?

I don't want to stop taking it (I really don't eat well when I'm feeling this sick) or start experimenting with different brands if it isn't the culprit.
post #2 of 8
hey ya,
I am in the same boat and it only happens when I am pregnant. I am feeling sick anyway but as soon as I take that pilll it seems to multiply. I took Materna with my other babies and I must say it was the worst for me, but even this Robinson brand I am on now is awful, just not as bad. The test I did to make sure it was the pill was when I was feeling well at night, I took the vit and low and behold I felt nausuated. I havent found one yet that doesnt make me queasy, so iffin ya find one I would love to hear it.
post #3 of 8
When I first started taking prenatals a couple of years ago, they made me sick, and I was not pregnant. Then I switched to taking them right before bed. Worked like a charm. Now that I am pregnant, I'm at 7 weeks and haven't been sick at all....to the point that I worry about NOT being sick.
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When I first started taking prenatals a couple of years ago, they made me sick, and I was not pregnant. Then I switched to taking them right before bed. Worked like a charm. Now that I am pregnant, I'm at 7 weeks and haven't been sick at all....to the point that I worry about NOT being sick.


I take mine right before bed. Then I sleep so if I"m sick I don't know it!

I don't have any morning sickness really. I notice that I get slightly nauseous if I don't eat for like 4 or 5 hours, but for the most part I'm not really sick. I kinda wish I was!! But last time I didn't get sick until 8 weeks pregnant..and then it lasted past 20! EWW! I'm 6.5 weeks pregnant so I have two weeks to go to hit 8.....yuck! I wish I just had a LITTLE but not a lot...
post #5 of 8
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Thanks everyone - I do always take my supplements at night and still the effect is brutal. A few times I forgot at night and so would take them the next morning and it didn't seem to make a difference.

When I feel better, I am able to eat so much healthier because I have far fewer aversions and smell issues so I am leaning towards just not taking a prenatal multi at all. I'll still take a folic acid supplement though.

For the other Canadians out there, I took PregVit for part of my pregnancy with DS and was just as sick as when I took Materna (though I didn't realize that the vitamin was contributing to the sickness back then, I'm just clueing in now.)
post #6 of 8
My previous midwife always recommends just taking a plain folic acid during the first trimester, because prenatals are prone to make m/s worse, and then add a prenatal at about second trimester.
post #7 of 8
I am taking New Chapter Organic Prenatal and considering how nauseous I am all day I'm impressed that these vitamins are not making things worse. Even before I became preggo I had an aversion to my daily multi. After a lot of research I chose these pre-natals because they are organic and a whole food supplement. Down side is they are expensive, but at least they don't make me wanna puke
post #8 of 8
You can get a way with just folic acid, and an iron supplement if you need it for quite a while.

I'm seriously morning sick at 7 weeks, and just have to work very hard at getting sufficient food in me, and to stay down, every 2 hours. I can't keep a prenatal in the mix, yet.
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