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post #1 of 22
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bot please no, "You really should be" or "You know it's better if you do" etc.

How many of you take your prenatals consistently, sporadically, or not at all?

I am bad at taking them, I will admit that. It used to be sporadic but now I don't. At first I could handle them but then they made me so sick (on top of the ms and before that kicked in). Not ms sick but flu and sick to your stomach sick. I changed brands, kinds (chewable vs. swallow), color you name it and nothing worked. It got so frsutrating that the only time I felt good was if I missed one that I started missing alot. If my diet is healthy and I am getting tons of vitamins from that am I ok? I don't want to go back to feeling sick, I don't like the idea that I lose weight cause I can't eat cause my vitamins make it very unappealing. I even tried a regular multi-vitamin. I am stuck here! I want a healthy baby but I want to be healthy as well and they weren't helping!!!


ETA: I know my question is almost guaranteeing (from some viewpoints) a "You really should" response that I didn't ask for. What I mean by that is please, if you must don't do it in the condescending way so many people (mainly mainstream doctors in my experience) will do.
post #2 of 22
I take my prenatals consistently, but they have not made me sick once. If I was as sick from them as you describe, it would most likely been a whole different thing all together. I think I eat decently well, but I don't eat all that much (don't feel like it), and it is harder for me to get a huge variety of things into me when I just don't feel all that extraordinarily hungry. kwim? so I feel like it is a good idea for me to take that prenatal in my situation.

if you really really watch what you eat and prenatals make you so sick - may be you really shouldn't be taking them. when y ou're sick you're miserable and unhappy - that affects the baby as well.
post #3 of 22
Well, I am/was in the same boat as you...getting sick from just about any pre-natal under the sun. I tried several brands, took them at different times of the day, etc. Nothing seemed to work. They made the ms bad when I had and made me ill after ms went away! My doc did prescribe me a low iron supplement but my insurance won't cover it and it is astronomically expensive. So, she advised me to take Children's Chewable vitamins. Which I now have been since about 8wks. and I "try" to take them daily but usually it's every other day.

I'd say if they just don't chive with ya', and your diet is healthy it's not a do or die situation.

P.S. I read your WIC post...and I too have the opposite problem with them thinking I am too BIG. I gain alot in my pg's...so what! I'm healthy and my baby was healthy and so will this one. They just can't see beyond their "charts". I also get grab from them about not Vax'in my child. Whatever!!! I go there and put up with it b/c they are a God send since Ava had to go on formula.
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by dolfinluvr
Well, I am/was in the same boat as you...getting sick from just about any pre-natal under the sun. I tried several brands, took them at different times of the day, etc. Nothing seemed to work. They made the ms bad when I had and made me ill after ms went away! My doc did prescribe me a low iron supplement but my insurance won't cover it and it is astronomically expensive. So, she advised me to take Children's Chewable vitamins. Which I now have been since about 8wks. and I "try" to take them daily but usually it's every other day.

I'd say if they just don't chive with ya', and your diet is healthy it's not a do or die situation.

P.S. I read your WIC post...and I too have the opposite problem with them thinking I am too BIG. I gain alot in my pg's...so what! I'm healthy and my baby was healthy and so will this one. They just can't see beyond their "charts". I also get grab from them about not Vax'in my child. Whatever!!! I go there and put up with it b/c they are a God send since Ava had to go on formula.

Glad to hear it! I tried children's chewables and they worked alot better (although the flavors threw me off a bit). I stopped taking them after my first bottle was up cause Beto (DH) didn't like the idea and was cramming a ton my throat a day! Not really but he was really paranoid about it.


At the WIC appointment I was bad. She asked if I was taking them and I lied and said yes. I didn't want her to freak out on me (I was already having a bad day) cause I knew I would say something not so nice (specifically about her horrendous teeth....think back to the teeth poster they have in there to show what good healthy teeth look like in children...now imagine the bad set of teeth....if they look like that how can I honestly take her nutritional advice to heart, kwim? ). Not only that, but I didn't want to get into an arguement with her, my mother in law works there and sits up at the front office and they know I am her daughter in law....didn't want it to look bad on her.
post #5 of 22
I do think that a mama needs to take her vits but I too have been in a situation where I could not take them. When I found out I was pg in Oct I took them for 2 weeks then one day I forgot to take them and I seemed to feel better the next day so I pretty much quit for 2 more weeks. Then the m/s let up a bit so I decided to try again. I have been taking them about every other day from Nov 1st until now. In addition to it seeming like they made me feel worse I already have a hard time with pills and the prenatal was a big one. With dd I took a liquid prenatal which was always so easy to take but when I tried to find it for this baby I discovered that it was not being made anymore. I just found a store on the internet that had a few bottles and a got a 2 month supply. I promised myself that once they come I will take them every day.

I hope you can find something that you like or get to a point with the sickness that you can handle taking them again because like I said I think it is important.
post #6 of 22
I have been taking mine pretty consistantly. My mom, on the other hand, said she never took prenatals with me and I am a healthy person. A friend of mine (whose children are grown) also said she didn't take them either. I did have asthma and develop broncial pneumonia when I was about 4 mos old but that was because my mother is a smoker (smoked while p/g and still does today - I really wish she would quit but what can I do?) and it caused me to have lung probs ... I think.
Anyway, I am not saying it's ok not to take them (I'm no doc) but just knowing people who haven't and their babies turned out just fine.

Maybe you could eat Total cereal. That has alot of good vits in it.
post #7 of 22
You'll get no lectures from me...I have the most horrible time remembering to take mine, and feeling queasy doesn't help. I take 2 children's chewables (complete with all the folic acid yada yada yada...the docs count it as ok for a prenatal) and one thing that ended up helping was that my son started begging for a "bite." He's of an age where I feel fine giving him a vitamin, so I started giving him 1/2 and I would get the other 1 1/2. Since he begs for "bite" every day now, it's much easier to remember...and yet somehow I still forget. Ugh. The good news is that my diet is pretty good, so hopefully my absent-mindedness won't hurt my bambino.
post #8 of 22
I take mine at dinner time, but only if we eat at home. If we eat out I forget to take them and I don't concern myself with it. I've been the same with all my kiddies and they are super healthy.
post #9 of 22
The only one I took semi-constantly was a Folic Acid (I had them as separate tablets)

For other vitamins... well, vitamins don't get fully absorbed by the body when they are in pill form anyways.

What do they say - 70-90% is eliminated by the body, meaning we pee out most of it.

I was just eating healthy - fruits, veggies, nuts, fish. I am a big believer in the natural way of getting the neccessary nutrition.
post #10 of 22
I, too, have been very sporadic with my prenatals, and they're natural ones, so you'd think it would be better. I still have m/s, so it really doesn't help. I got just folic acid, which my doctor recommended if I couldn't take the prenatal. Now, another doctor wants me to take iron. says you can't get enough by eating. Ugh. I'm afraid it will make me sick too (apart from other side effects : ) My diet also hasn't been too great b/c of the m/s.

So, taking children's is better? I could try that. I read somewhere that pregnant mama's take two? it doesn't seem to have enough folic acid, but maybe if I take that too?
post #11 of 22
I hardly take prenatals or any vitamins at all. Any and all vitamins, including even Flintstones, give me migraines and flu-like symptoms. I've tried everything...I'm about to give it another shot though because I have been feeling so run down and exhausted. I have "whole foods" prenatals that I am going to try again. : I am also a believer that I can get everything I need from the right foods, including folic acid and iron....but :...I have been so bad at eating and eating well this time around with m/s and all. I lost 4 lbs at my last appt...not good. I'm hoping I can take them without all the grief. :LOL
post #12 of 22
I've been too poor to go out and actually buy prenatals, and darned old foodstamps are only good for food, not supplements. LOL! So, I've been taking vitamins, they're Standard Process, which are organic whole food supplements - and they're really high quality. I have been concerned about not doing an all out prenatal, but I think these are a good enough supplement. (Supplement to the supplement - please excuse my pun!)
post #13 of 22
sorry haven't read the whole post but try liquid, i know its sounds yuck but it isn't bad at all, and i had problems swollowing those HUGE ones...
post #14 of 22
I don't have time to read all the replis, so I don't know if this is already suggested, but...when i was feeling crappy, the doc told me to stop taking prenatal vitamins and just take folic acid (that's the most important one I think, it has to do with brain stem development....). I think it's the iron in the prenatals that makes a lot of women feel yucky.

hth
anno
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Keetsmama
So, taking children's is better? I could try that. I read somewhere that pregnant mama's take two? it doesn't seem to have enough folic acid, but maybe if I take that too?
I don't know about "better" - it's a matter of personal preference for me. I can't swallow those huge horse pills, never have been able to. When my hubby was in med school he did a rotation in OB and learned that taking two "complete" kids' vitamins was an acceptable replacement for prenatal vites. I've been taking Flintstone's Complete ever since. (two when taken as a prenatal, one when I'm not pg or TTC) They do meet the folic acid requirements.

So my main reason is my gag reflex (which is bad even when I'm not pg), but I've also heard that some women take chewables because the coating on prenatals makes them sick, or something about the way the iron is formulated makes them sick, etc etc.
post #16 of 22
I haven't read all the responses, but I didnt' take them with my 1st and tried to take them in the beginning with this one, but the gag reflex set in and there's no way. I also have a problem with dairy so I can't take just any vitamin (a lot have a diary component). I may try to find an acceptable children's version, like those gummy vitamins.

mama2simonp, What your doc said makes a lot of sense to me.
post #17 of 22
I do take my vitamins with this pregnancy. With my last two it was alot harder. The smellier they are, the harder it was. This time, the vitamins I got from dept of public health, do not smell at all, nor do I pee flourescent yellow. I wonder if they are as potent as the last ones were. I can handle these just fine!
Keep in mind vitamins are supplement. If you are eating a balanced diet, one should not need vitamins anyway. (This may have already been said, sorry if I am repeating.)
post #18 of 22
I swore up and down that I would be a good girl and take my pre-natal vits with this preg, but that lasted about a week... I'm terrible at remembering to take meds anyway, and vit pills make me really queasy, so I don't take them... I do eat healthfully, though, so hopefully that will offset my resistence to vitamins in pill-form.

Besides, a one-month supply of quality pre-natal vitamins at the co-op costs about the same a week of groceries at that same co-op...
post #19 of 22
I took mine sort of on-and-off. For a while I also took just folic acid. It seems to me that if one eats a balanced diet then the pills really shouldn't be all that necessary. I don't think I'd have continued taking them if they made me sick. I certainly wouldn't have taken them every day.

May '04 Mommy
post #20 of 22
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I'm glad to see I am not the only one who has a hard time with them!!!! The smell really gets me! I have the hardest time if they stink...my gag reflex really kicks in then.


The whole theory behind why you gag is interesting...I'll have to look into that. It makes sense to me. I'll mention it to DH and see if he gets off my case over it all. Thanks ladies!!!!
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