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5 Problems with Prenatal Vitamins


Updated May 16, 2014

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Everyone knows that prenatal vitamins are recommended for pregnant women. The reason that pregnant women are requested to take prenatal vitamins is that many people have a hard time getting in the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of all the nutrients every day. It is also recommended that women who are trying to conceive or are breastfeeding take prenatal vitamins as an insurance policy against their diet.

  1. Your prenatal vitamin makes you nauseous.
    Some women find that their churning stomachs are due to their vitamins rather than morning sickness or that their vitamins make morning sickness worse. You can try to change prenatal vitamin brands to see if that helps you, if that doesn't work, consider taking them at night before you go to bed.
  2. You can't remember to take the prenatal vitamin.
    There are various tricks that you can use to try to jog your memory. Try changing the time of day that you take your vitamin or purchase a pill reminder case. Some women report that using the alarm on their cell phone is also handy and less expensive than pill reminder alarms.
  3. You get constipated from your prenatal vitamin.
    Constipation is typically from the iron levels in the vitamins. There are women who make disappear by switching from pill form to liquid vitamins or even going to a different brand with less iron and being very careful with their diets.
  4. It is hard to swallow the prenatal vitamin.
    Try switching brands or cutting caplets and tablets in half. Some women prefer liquid vitamins.
  5. You “burp” nasty tastes after taking your prenatal vitamin.
    Some practitioners recommend that you split the tablets in half and take them at different times of the day. So you get the whole vitamin, you just do it at different times of the day.

There are many reasons why your prenatal vitamins are not working well for you. Remember, don't panic. Talk to your midwife or doctor to figure out which ones might work better for you. You can also get over the counter prenatal vitamins. Bring them with you to your appointment to see if they have everything you need, or have the practitioner tell you what should be in them.

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