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They make me sick and throw up. Even at 26 weeks. I told my midwife, and we went down to even children's chewable vitamins... and I threw that up too. I've tried varying the time of day, I've done a whole range of brands, I've eaten with them, I've gone to smaller doses more times a day... On and on. I've tried everything. No dice. 1/2 hour after the vitamin, I am in the bathroom throwing up. I've had terrible morningsickness (but not HG) and it seems to have generally subsided, but the vitamin for some reason just gets it all going again. For goodness sake I was barfing up Flintstones chewables!<br><br>
I eat a generally healthy diet and I was able to force down (and keep down) a folic acid suppliment for most of the first trimester... But I've stopped taking the vitamins.<br><br>
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I haven't really taken them with my last three. You pee most of it out any way. No worries, the baby will take what it needs before you so the only one suffering would be you.
 

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Through 2 of my pregnancies I was so sick that I stopped the prenatals and didn't start them back up again until the third trimester.
 

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I haven't been taking prenatals b/c they made me sick. One of my friends used Juice Plus during her pg b/c it was all she could handle.
 

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Yeah- I try to get "extras" in when I can... I get the Minute Maid OJ for "Kids" that has added calcium and other vitamins, I get the peanutbutter with added Omega-3's etc. This seems to be tolerable, but the straight vitamins... Nope...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I just hope its enough.
 

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Nope, you're not terrible. If you're eating healthy, your baby will get what he/she needs. I usually don't take prenatals, but this time I did take them while TTC. With my last baby, I didn't even bother at all and he was a surprise pregnancy. He was over 9lbs, very healthy and hasn't been really sick ever.<br><br>
Don't make yourself sick taking prenatals and don't make yourself sick over not taking them
 

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I can't do the regular childrens flinstones, I have to take the 2-4 year old ones that have only teh very basic items as this is all I can keep down. Good luck.
 

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I'm not taking prenatals this time. I am doing a green superfood powder in a smoothie every morning, that's perfect for me. Did prenatals last time until I realized they were making me sick, so I switched to kids stuff. But the kids stuff seems so sugary I would rather eat my vitamins via food, you know?
 

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I have HG and I don't think any of the ladies on the HG support site are taking their prenatals and they are having healthy babies. I wouldn't worry too much. Your baby takes what it needs from you.<br><br>
I've managed prenatals off and on a few times. I also was taking some gummivites for awhile. Right now I'm taking alfalfa because I'm slightly anemic. Even though I'm still throwing up a few times a week I'm actually measuring a week ahead and all indications are that the baby is healthy.<br><br>
I was even trying to force myself into the Brewer diet and obsessing over protein counts. It just wound up making me feel like a failure every day. I figure I'm gaining weight at this point, I eat fairly healthy. So what if I don't reach the magic number of protein grams each day. I'm doing good to not be throwing up all the time.
 

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I haven't been taking them either, they make my tummy so upset. I don't throw up, but I get a blech feeling tummy.<br><br>
My knee just started hurting and also my pubic bone in the last few days and my hubby (a nurse) told me that I'm not getting enough Iron. So yeah, the baby is taking it from me...FUN FUN.<br><br>
But what is a girl to do when vitamins make you ralph?! I guess suffer, that's what I'm gonna do!
 

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Have you tried a food based prenatal, like Rainbow Light? Your body could be rejecting the synthetic chemicals found in most vitamins. A green superfood, like Vitamineral Green is a fantastic substitute as well. Do what you can and try not to stress about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I tried 3 brands and they are the ONLY thing that makes me feel bad. Rainbow lights were the WORST of the bunch wicked constipation. I havent taken any since 12 weeks
 

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I never took any with my first pregnancy at all and she turned out just fine. I'd spend that energy eating healthy whole foods which are better for you than vitamins anyway.
 

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You don't need prenatals if you eat well. However, have you tried Rainbow Light's prenatals? They are supposedly gentle on the stomach.
 

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Mine made me sick too. My dh has been making me smoothies in the morning (so that I don't see the ingredients and make myself sick thinking about them mixed together <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) or using our juicer to make homemade v8 kind of concoctions and that's been really helpful. He's been putting protein in them too which is great for my energy level.
 

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I was on the Rainbow Light and kept throwing mine up too. Then I think it turned into me being so afraid of throwing them up that I just would. So, I switched to Viactiv chewable multi-vitamins in "milk chocolate" and I probably take them three times a week. I am not feeling quilty over it at all.
 

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No you're not terrible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm sure there are tons of women out there who didn't take prenatals and have healthy babies. In my Mom's generation they for sure didn't take prenatals and I was a super healthy baby who never got sick when I was younger.<br><br>
My family doctor tells me the best way to get your daily nutrients is through a healthy, well-balanced diet. He only recommends supplements when he thinks you're deficient in something and not getting it through your diet. He also says that people are overloading on vitamins because of all the fortified food products out on the market today and too much isn't necessarily good for you either.<br><br>
For Omega 3s I kept burping up my fish oil supplements and it was soo nasty and it made me sick, though we did find a brand that sits well with me. I love fish, but don't love it that much that I want to eat a whole lot of it all the time and then there are mercury concerns. DH found that raw hemp seeds are a great source of Omegas (bonus, it's also a good source of protein) and I sprinkle them on my food and it's nutty and yummy. Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts are a good source too.<br><br>
Folic acid you can get through all those fortified cereals, breakfast/energy bars, leafy greens and beans.<br><br>
Just do some research on the net on what foods are good sources of the nutrients you feel that you aren't getting enough of. I find the following website very helpful for me: <a href="http://www.whfoods.com" target="_blank">http://www.whfoods.com</a>
 

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You're not terrible. I took about 2 weeks worth of prenatals with my first and then was so severely sick that I never took them again. She came out healthy and remains so.<br><br>
I think the only time you need to be concerned is if you eat very poorly.
 
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