During pregnancy, it s not uncommon to feel nauseous, especially during the first trimester, due to the badly named morning sickness which often turns out to be all day sickness. However often prenatal vitamins can either cause this nausea or make it worse. One of the most common reasons prenatal vitamins make women feel sick is because they contain iron. So what can you do to stop the nausea? The simple answer is stop taking your prenatal vitamins. You DO still need some of the ingredients, but there are other options. Studies have shown that the main two supplementsPwomen need in pregnancy are iron and folate. So what are your other options? Increase your dietary intake of folate and iron. PGreen leafy vegetables, red meat, seafood, beans and dried fruit are a good start for getting ironPand folate in your diet. Keep in mind that natural folate, which is easily absorbed, is actually different than the man made folic acid which builds up in your body and isn t as easily absorbed. Increase your intake of B6. This vitamin helps relieve nausea and other issues relating to the female reproductive system.
Take any pills at times when you feel well, such as in the evening. Always take pills with food. If you prefer to take pills over watching your diet, look into more natural forms of folate and iron, instead of chemically manufactured mainstream brands. Here is
about choosing the most absorbent supplements for your pregnancy. , the last thing you can stomach is the thought of swallowing a horse-sized pill chock-full of nausea-inducing vitamins and minerals. And yet, because you know that you and, more importantly, your baby need the nutrients, it s hard to stop popping the pill (as much as it makes you miserable). The reality is, for most expectant moms it s all too easy to fall short on the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need especially during when morning (and afternoon, and evening ) sickness rules supreme. And since that s the stage of pregnancy when much of your baby s most crucial construction occurs like the formation of the organs and critical systems (particularly the nervous system and spine, which requires adequate doses of the vitamin folic acid, or folate).
Insurance is all well and good (you may be thinking), but do you have to suffer to reap the rewards? Of course not. There are plenty of ways to make the pill more palatable: Change when you take your pill. Try taking your vitamin at the time of day when you re least nauseated. Sure, it s easy to get in the habit of taking vitamins first thing in the morning (right after the deodorant, right before the toothbrushing), but your body doesn t care one way or another when the nutrients arrive. Some women find that their rolling stomach calms down late in the evening, and if that s when your queasiness quiets, give the pill a go then. Eat first. Whatever time of day you pop the pill, make sure your tummy isn t running on empty. All pills, including vitamins, are easier to stomach when accompanied by food, so try to eat something before you take the supplement. (It s a good idea anyway to avoid an empty tummy when you re sidelined with morning sickness.
Without food to keep them busy, your stomach acids start to chew on you, a process that, not surprisingly, produces nausea. ) Ask your doctor for recommendations. If your prenatal vitamin is still making you sick, your practitioner may be able to prescribe a brand that won t be so tough on your tummy. The iron in can be particularly hard to digest, so you might get a formulation with less (or none, for now). One high in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) may be able to quell the quease (ask your practitioner if he or she advises extra B6 supplements). Sometimes, over-the-counter formulas are better tolerated, although you ll want to carefully check the labels to make sure they offer the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Or ask about slow-release supplements or chewables, which could provide some relief. At least there s a light at the end of the tunnel. Your nausea should abate within the next few weeks, and, with luck, you ll be able to better tolerate those supplements. Here s to better feeling days ahead!