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with DS i was religious with my prenatal vitamins. I even started taking them 3 months before we were going to TTC.<br><br>
with this pregnancy I have taken a total of *maybe* 10 vitamin tablets. I am not concerned, but when dh asks if I have taken it I lie and tell him I have. I know that artificial vitamins are not as effective as a healthy diet, and are not a replacement for proper nutrition. I eat very well, but why do I feel like I need to hide the fact that I've not been taking my vitamins?<br><br>
does anyone else not take prenatal vitamins?
 

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I do take them, but only very sporadically. Like when I happen to actually remember, it tends to go in phases. Right now I have not had one in about 2 weeks or so. If you are eating well otherwise, I don't think it should be of concern. How does your mw/ob feel about your frequency? Why do you think you feel you need to lie to dh? Is it your own feelings about not taking them or are you concerned about his reaction?
 

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Like you I took them EVERYDAY with DS. This pregnancy I struggled with 4 different kinds, all made me sick and I never found one that didn't. I spent a HUGE amount of money on them too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I do sometimes take DS's chewable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Nope, they make me barf. I've tried at least 4 different brands, inc. the whole foods rainbow light ones. MW finally absolved me of the need--she says they are not good for my body. I'm supposed to eat more green veggies and fruits. Fruits OK, veggies....hmmm...working on that.
 

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I started getting sooo sick after I started taking vitamins. After about a week, I couldn't stomach the idea of taking them and I stopped. I slowly started feeling better, and now I feel wonderful. I was sick my entire first pregnancy and I just know it was from my vitamins. My midwife was very happy when I told him I stopped taking them in the first trimester. He agreed that eating healthy was much better for me and my baby. When I asked my other midwife about it again last month (more to comfort other people in my life), she basically told me that they don't do anything anyway and showed me an OB book that says there has been no proof that vitamins change the outcome of the pregnancy and pointed out that even moms in concentration camps gave birth to healthy children. I truely feel life prenatals are yet another way for big industry to scare us moms into giving them more money.
 

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I took mine from week 2-week 5. Then I got horribly sick for months, and couldn't take them. I haven't really started back up. I guess I just figure I am eating healthy enough, but what do I know!
 

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Prenatal vitamins? What are they? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br><br>
I take 'em once a week, maybe. I used to take them every day, but when ms struck, I quit. They just smell too horrible.
 

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I was taking mine religiously, but then I got really stopped up and a friend of mine who's a general practitioner specializing in OB said to stop taking them because something in 'em (the iron?) is constipating. She also said they aren't really necessary after the first trimester because it's the folic acid that's most important at that time. Let's just say things are moving a bit better now.
 

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I took prenatal vits religiously pre-conception and before morning sickness hit (actually I took 2/3 the recommended dose of prenatals plus Juice Plus vits), but once the m/s came, it was buh-bye to all vitamins for a while. After a few weeks I was able to take a sublingual folic acid/B vitamin. About a month ago I was able to restart the Juice Plus, and calcium b/c I was getting leg cramps, but I didn't really plan to go back to prenatals. Then I found out I'm anemic last week so I've added a whole food iron supplement.I've been surprised the iron supplement didn't cause nausea, but it's gone fine. So, I guess I'm basically taking the equivalent of prenatals again! If my diet and health didn't indicate the need for vitamins, I wouldn't feel the need to take them, though I do like Juice Plus b/c it's food based. That eases some of the guilt when I have a less-than-great eating day (which is, um, unfortunately pretty frequent).<br><br>
I'm really sorry some of you are still having nausea. Not because you can't take your prenatals, but because feeling sick freaking sucks!<br><br>
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I don't take them.<br><br>
With dd I took a combination of vitamins and EFAs, but not an official "prenatal" vitamin.<br><br>
This time around, my diet is very good (local high-nutrient organic veggies, other nutrient-dense foods), so I usually don't take any vitamins at all. I do take a multi when my diet slips though.<br><br>
Edited to add: I do eat high-vitamin foods daily though, such as cod liver oil, nutritional yeast, dulse, herbal teas, etc.
 

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EllasMama, for the iron have you tried Floradix? That stuff is amazing - absorbs so well. Although, rereading your post, it looks like you found something that works for you . . .
 

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I don't take them, didn't with my last one either, only rarely with the second. I took them religiously with #1, and I religiously threw them back up again. They make me sick and I figure all that vomiting can't be good for me so I opt not to take them - but I lie to dh and my doc about it just to keep them off my back.
 

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I found the best way to make sure my hemoglobin levels were good during pregnancy was to take chlorophyll. They don't know exactly why it works, but it works very well, better than iron for a lot of people.<br><br>
I just took the same vitamins during pregnancy that I normally take, and added extra calcium, folic acid, and chlorophyll (I actually didn't take any iron at all, and my hemoglobin levels were some of the best the midwife had seen). I also made sure every day to get 10 grams of vitamin C, which is what I aim for every day, but don't always take it all.
 

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I guess I am the odd one out here I take mine every day + fish oil and flax seed caplets.
 

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Oh, yeah, I took fish oil, too. I forgot about that one. It's part of my regular regimen now, though, that's why I forgot that I'd started it when I was pregnant.<br><br>
I always take acidophilus, too, and I read if the mom takes it while she's pregnant the child is less likely to have food allergies. I thought that was neat.
 

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I do take mine everyday. They haven't made me sick, I take multi-vits when not preg, and they're pretty cheap, so why not. My neighbor tried to tell me that I should take these really expensive ones that you have to order from your dr. That sounds like a rip off to me. I just get the store brand from my local grocery store and call it done.
 

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Floradix (iron + herbs) is what the midwife recommended, but when I went to the store I noticed it contains angelica. One type of angelica (dong quai) is contraindicated during pregnancy, and another is on the "use with care" list. I wasn't sure which angelica was in Floradix, but since they wanted me to take a double dose for a while, I didn't feel comfortable. The one I got is whole food based without a lot of extras. I know Floradix is a common midwife recommendation so it's probably fine, but I can be a really vigilant, read-the-fine-print sort of person where pregnancy is concerned! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I take one every other day. They really do help me have more energy to get through the day. I do eat well but I can't get all the nutrients I need in one day, so the vitamins help. I'm using Nature's Prenatal. They don't have any of the extra gunk in them. They have iron in them too but it hasn't caused any problems.
 
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