Consipation, and Other Problems with Prenatal Vitamins

How To Deal with Your Prenatal Vitamin Conundrums

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You probably already know that prenatal vitamins are recommended for all pregnant women. The reason for this is that many women have a hard time getting in the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of all the nutrients they need every day when they're pregnant... especially when there is morning sickness to contend with.

It is also recommended that women who are trying to conceive or who are breastfeeding take prenatal vitamins as an insurance policy against the irregular diet.

What Difficulties Might I Face In Following These Recommendations?

1. Your prenatal vitamin might make you nauseous. Some women find that their churning stomachs are due to their vitamins rather than to morning sickness, or that their vitamins make morning sickness worse. You can try changing prenatal vitamin brands. If that doesn't seem to make a difference, consider taking your vitamins at night, right before you go to bed.

2. You might have difficulty remembering to take your prenatal vitamin on a daily basis. There are various tricks you can use to jog your memory. Try changing the time of day you take your vitamin or purchase a pill reminder case. Leave your vitamins somewhere you can't help but see them. Some women even set an alarm on their cell phone or download a pill reminder alarm app.

3. You might get constipated because of your prenatal vitamin. When constipation occurs due to prenatal vitamins, it is typically because of the iron levels they contain.

There are women who make their constipation disappear by switching from a pill form to liquid vitamins, or even by going to a different brand entirely that contains less iron. You can also ease pill-related constipation by being very careful with your diet.

4. It can be difficult to swallow the prenatal vitamin.

If you experience difficulty swallowing your vitamins, try switching brands or cutting caplets and tablets in half. Some women even prefer liquid vitamins.

5. Your burp might taste gross after taking your prenatal vitamin. Some practitioners recommend that you split the tablets in half and take them at different times of the day. 

There may be many reasons why your prenatal vitamins are not working well for you. Don't panic. These issues are common. Talk to your midwife or doctor to figure out whether a different prenatal vitamin might work better for you. You can also get over-the-counter (OTC) prenatal vitamins. Bring them with you to your appointment to confirm with your doctor that they have everything you need, or have your health care practitioner tell you what should be in them.

Further Reading

When and How to Take Prenatal Vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are like a nutritional safety net that helps you maintain the vitamins and minerals your body needs to grow a healthy baby and sustain your pregnancy.

When Should I Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins? Prenatal vitamins are known to be helpful for having the healthiest possible pregnancy. But the big question is: when do you start taking them for the best possible results?

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