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#1 of 4 Old 05-05-2004, 06:56 PM - Thread Starter
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I keep trying to take multivitamins, but they seem to make me queasy no matter which ones I take and no matter what time of day I take them. I've always thought I should take vitamins just in case I'm not getting everything from my diet (which is, most of the time, pretty varied and healthful--lots of whole foods, hardly any processed stuff), but I'm about ready to give up trying. For the past several years, I've gone through periods of time where I take my vitamins every day, but find myself looking forward to a day without taking them because then my stomach won't feel gross, so then I quit and go months without them. Honestly, I feel better when I DON'T take them.

But I'm in my early 40s and feel that I may be shortchanging myself by not taking supplements.

Do any of you mamas know WHICH of the supplements tend to cause queasiness? Which supplements are most necessary for long-term health? There's so much conflicting info out there about supplements, which ones are most necessary for maintaining immune function, the antioxidants, calcium, blah blah blah. I wish there was some way to get the benefits of supplements without actually having to take them!

Any insight would be welcome!
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I can't help with your specific question but I can give you some advice:

- take them with meals, after you've eaten some food, before you finish the food, so that they are nicely encased in food.

- if you can, space the pills out with each meal. For example, my vitamin is 3 pills per day. I can take one with each meal so that it's not a huge amount hitting my stomach at a time, and there is already food in the stomach


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I had the same problem with multi-vitamins. I tried taking them every way I could think of (with food, without food, with milk, during a meal, after a meal, multiple brands, etc.) I found taking them right before going to bed and then laying down helped me the most. I didn't feel nauseous, just maybe a little "off" but I could handle it most of the time because I was asleep most nights before the feeling kicked in.

I have heard it is the iron that makes you sick but I started taking prenatals which have more iron and I don't feel nauseous at all. I can take them anytime with or without food. I really wish I could figure out what it is that makes these okay!!

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I had this same problem and my midwife said it was the high Iron content.
Paniscus~ It could have been that you didn't feel nausious because your prenatal was a different vitamin, and sometimes they just affect you differently nomatter if there's more iron or less.
I split the vitamins in half. I took one half in the morn and one in the eve.
Also my midwife gave me a new vitamin to take during preggo times. It was one she had free samples of. I wasn't totally sold on it because I usually take whole-food supplements, but it didn't make me sick. It was 'high-tech' it said. The iron content was in different form or something and it broke down slower in my system. Call a midwife if you want a recommendation on a vitamin like that.

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