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Yay or Nay for pre-natals?

So, I just started talking pre-natals three days ago, the once a day rainbow light ones, and my nausea/tiredness has increased two fold. I'm inclined to blame the pre-natals, but I'm really not sure. Perhaps I'm just getting further into the first trimester and it's taking it's toll, I don't know...

Have any of you had morning sickness so debilitating that you decided it was the only thing you could do? Any suggestions, insights?

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Have any of you had morning sickness so debilitating that you decided *quitting the pre-natals* was the only thing you could do?

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I've certainly thrown up my fair share of vitamins, heh. Could you try switching pre-natals? I ended up taking several different chewable vitamins, plus floridex, that added up to what the prenatal contained.

When do you take your vitamins? At the same time each day or different times? What do you take them with? Also, how frequently are you eating? Often, if you keep something in your stomach all day, that can help. I found yogurt to be one of the easier foods to keep down this time around, but it just depends on what works for you.

I wouldn't expect your prenatal vitamins to increase your tiredness - if anything, I'd think that they would decrease your tiredness b/c they'd help fortify you. I could see them being hard to keep down, however.

Good luck with it!

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I took prenatals, unfortunately tired and nausea are pretty much a sure thing about pregnancy. I don't think the prenatals contribute to the tiredness. If they make you too nauseous, take kiddie vitamins.

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I take my vitamins before bedtime. I take it with water and a little food too (I hate pills). I eat all the meals I need to, usually with munchies throughout the day, but lately, I've just been to exhausted to keep tabs and eat between meals.

Well, and another thing I've thought of, I'm super petite, so I do wonder if these vitamins pack too much for my body to handle. The chewables sound splendid. What kind do you take Hilary?

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What I would do: Skip the vitamin for a day to see if that's what causing your nausea/tiredness (I agree with PPs though, I can't see tiredness coming from them).
If they do cause nausea for you, maybe try taking them at bedtime for a few nights to see if you sleep through it.

Also, try some other things to help you deal with the nausea. It sometimes helps to take vitamin B6 in addition to your prenatal. It's so true IME what Hilary said about always having something in your tummy. What else... Ginger and mint. For me just the smell of mint can make severe nausea go away instantly (but then it comes right back :~ but nice to have the break).
There is a bunch of information on this website:
http://www.motherisk.org/women/forum.jsp

I called motherrisk's nausea and vomiting of pregnancy hotline (yeah, I can't believe there's hotline either LMAO!) and got some advice from them. You can take up to 200mg B6 per day during pregnancy. Also Gravol is safe during pregnancy taken as recommended on the box not exceeding 200mg a day.

And then of course there is the prescription. Not sure if you guys use a different one in the states, but here it's diclectin. I'm not all that familiar with it and any potential side effects though.

Anyways, if you've tried all this and you're sure it's the prenatal and none of these things are helping, it's sort of a judgment call. If you are fine enough to eat a balanced diet without the prenatal and you are careful to eat enough of everything, then what's the point of taking a prenatal and being unable to eat actual foods, ya know? It's better to eat actual food than to take a vitamin supplement to replace the food you can't eat because of the vitamin, if that makes sense. But I definitely would try all the other options first.

Good luck to you! Most women find the first trimester is the worst. If you need something to keep your spirits up, apparently studies show that women who experience lots of nausea during early pregnancy in general end up having smarter kids.

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Man am I long-winded!

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I took a chewable multi-vitamin (I forget the brand) that had plenty of folic acid, a chewable calcium vitamin, a chewable B complex vitamin, and floridex (liquid iron supplement). I brought them in to my midwife, and she checked to make sure that the combination added up to everything I needed, but didn't give me too much of anything.

What I would suggest is looking at the nutrition info on your prenatal vitamins, and then looking to get the same amounts when you look at over-the-counter vitamins. Or, there are vitamin recommendations on this website: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/nutrientsvitaminspregnancy.html
and this one:
http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prenatal-vitamins

Is this your first pregnancy? If not, how does this compare to your previous pregnancy/pregnancies? If so, pregnancy can tire you out more than you might expect. It might just be the way your first trimester goes.

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With both pregnancies, I got very, very ill when I took my pre-natals. Both pregnancies, I stopped taking them.

With the pregnancy I am currently on, for the first 20 weeks I threw up up to 20 times a day. The vitamins made it even worse, so I didn't bother.....When the morning sickness finally calmed down (after 20 weeks) I tried to take them again, and they made super, super sick. Its awful. I try my best to take the flintstone ones, but even they can make me feel off....soo I am really careful at watching what I eat, and enusring I choose food with high nutritional value.

Some people simply cannot stomache vitamins. I am one of them. When I wasn't pregnant, I would mess around with different multi-vitamins, fish oils, and such, just to stay healthy...and I always ended up throwing them up.

Momnipotent: I had to take Diclectin with this pregnany. Its basically a B6 vitamin with an anti-histamine (not the typcal one found in Benadryl...soo I wouldn't totally recommend anyone begin taking Benadryl to get the same effect). I had to take 4 pills a day. Motherisk says its 100% safe to use in pregnancy...and its been on the market for a really long time. Its only available in Canada, because the American FDA is not comfortable releasing anything for Morning Sickness, after the Thalydamide thing.

Seriously, without the Diclectin, I would have been in the hospital for sure...I was VERY sick. Its didn't make the morning sickness dissapear, but I was able to keep certain foods/and liquids down when I took it. The only downfall, is that it costs about 150$ Canadian a month.

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I had to quite taking vitamins in order to be able to eat. It was against the advice of my midwife, but I really do think eating is more important than taking vitamins. I tried taking children's vitamins for a while, but I could only take the amount reccommended for young children without getting sick. I didn't take prenatals but I was eating, and I had two big, very healthy babies.

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nausea is very common in the first trimester but if you are worried about the vitamens causing it then I would try for a day or two to stop taking them and see if it subsides. as for the tiredness I think that may just be a normal part of pregnancy :)

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Count me in the crowd of women who experienced increased nausea post-vitamin consumption. I took my prenatal vitamins sporadically throughout my first pregnancy, and had a perfectly healthy and happy baby (and very easy homebirth). In the beginning of my second pregnancy, I couldn't keep any vitamins down, so, I didn't take them directly. Instead, I crushed a folic acid tablet into a smoothie and blended spinach, kale or chard leaves with frozen berries, a banana, almond milk, organic plain full fat yogurt, ground flax seeds, hemp seed oil, hemp protein and olive oil or a bit of avocado. I ate it one to three times a day and also took a double dose of Floravit (gluten and yeast free version of Floradix, a liquid, plant based iron supplement). It became routine and you can't taste the green veggies ;) just the berries and bananas. I also ate my normal meals. If I felt ambitious I would take a B complex vitamin, but I often threw those up again. The smoothie is a good source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, protein, vitamin A, some B group vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, selenium, trace minerals, and fiber. Yay!

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Oh, and my second baby was just as healthy and so was I.

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chatdelheure - that sounds yummy. I've been drinking (simpler) green smoothies this pregnancy - but there's some great ideas for things to add from yours.

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Mmm... those smoothies do sound good! I definitely had some good smoothies during my pregnancy, but I hadn't thought to add the floridex to it.

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Sorry to dreg up this thread, but I'm definitely struggling with adequate protein. I tried Hemp Pro 50 by Manitoba Products in my smoothie; it gave the smoothies an extremely grainy consistency. Did I choose a bad brand? Is that just part of having protein powder? Or is there another non-dairy sourced protein powder someone could recommend?

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I dunno.. I use hemp seeds in my smoothies and find they give them a grainy consistency as well... I put 'em in anyways though, it's not intolerable.
What about putting peanut butter in your smoothies? I do that as well.

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I've barely been able to eat anything at all lately. I'm practically living off rice. My smoothies these days consist of nothing but bananas and yogurt. I hope I can stomach more nutritious food soon, because I don't think I'm getting adequate nutrition right now.

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Sorry to hear MamaButterfly that your doing so poorly. Do what you can, your ability to function comes first.

I still often feel constantly nausea, but nothing like what your feelin' MamaButterfly. I had my first Dr. appt and she was great. I explained how I couldn't function well with the pre-natals and she was completely understanding. I was actually caught off guard since I've heard of doctors being super pushy about women getting adequate nutrition, which I still believe is important, but anytime a woman is told this or that is more important then her ability to cope I question people's intentions. A woman shouldn't have to sacrifice herself to make a doctor happy.
*steps off soap box*

These days I take a adults chewable vit every couple days. I take it when I feel the strongest. When I feel I can stomach pre-natals I will, but I too acrane86 have never been able to handle vits. I wont beat myself up if I can't do it.

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I'm feeling a little better. Fruit and most vegetables make me throw up every time for some reason, but I can handle most meats and starches. Weird. It's the opposite of how I'm used to eating. I've been making my own electrolyte drink though to keep me hydrated, and I love it! Mix in a glass 50% juice or lemonade, 50% water, and a dash of salt. My favorite juices to use are blended (like peach or mango blends).