Natural prenatal vitamins are good for you and your growing baby. With the demands of a growing baby, you need all that extra dose of nutrients. However, for some women, tolerating prenatal vitamins can be very hard, as it has a side effect of making them feel sick and nauseous. With this, some women are even tempted to skip taking the vitamins instead. To make the experience more pleasant for, here are some tips on how to lessen the sick feeling that prenatal vitamins can give:
- Change the time of taking your vitamins
Of course, it is easier to remember taking your vitamins early in the morning, right before your day starts. Often you may find that if you wait a little longer in the day to take the pill, you will just forget taking it. If you live in a military base, or if you are married to a military man, you are mostly by yourself on hectic and busy days. Hence, it may become difficult for you to remember taking the same later on in the day.
However, if you are one of those women who experience extreme morning sickness and nauseous feelings after taking their medicine, then it is not worth inserting it in your morning routine. You can change your schedule up a bit and take your vitamins instead in the evening, where you have all the time to sleep and rest in bed after you feel nauseous. In this manner, you will feel less tempted to skip out on taking your prenatal vitamins, which are essential in preventing any neuro and birth defects.
- Eat before you take your vitamins
At whatever time of the day it is that you take your vitamins, be sure that you do so on a full stomach. Taking any medicine on an empty stomach will only make you feel nauseous as your stomach produces more stomach acid. This is especially true if you are already battling morning sickness to begin with, even without your pills. For instance, if you are still working at a military base and have not yet started your pregnancy leave, you can ask for a special consideration to have your meals at a certain time to help ensure that you take your vitamins on time as well, at an hour that is most beneficial for you.
- Break the pill itself into half
A majority of the sick feeling that comes with taking prenatal vitamins has to do with the size of the medicine. Prenatal vitamins are often quite massive in comparison with other multivitamins. For women who already have a sensitivity to eating due to morning sickness, swallowing a huge pill will only make them feel extra nauseous. One way for you to combat this is to split the pill in half and take them during different times of the day, with an interval of a few hours.
- Ask your doctor for recommendations
If you have an aversion towards any of the prenatal vitamins and medicines that you are taking right now, it is best to ask your doctor for recommendations on replacement vitamins. Because you are pregnant and there is a life inside of you that you have to take care of as well, be wary about making any decisions on your own. You should first always consult your doctor.
Your doctor may prescribe you with vitamins that have lesser iron temporarily, as you might still be on your first trimester, which is the most sensitive time of pregnancy. Or your doctor can prescribe you with vitamins that contain more Vitamin B6, as this can significantly help with nausea, vomiting, and any queasy feelings. If you happen to have any side effects, there are numerous doctors available on the military base to help you with your queries and concerns.
- Load up on your food sources instead
Do keep in mind that prenatal vitamins should only serve as a supplement to your daily dose of nutrients. The best source of vitamins still comes from food sources. Therefore, if prenatal vitamins are very hard for you to take in, you can choose other slightly better alternatives instead, such as loading up on fruits and vegetables, as well as protein sources that are rich in the nutrients that you are trying to supplement. Maybe later on during your pregnancy, when you aren’t so sensitive anymore, you can make way for taking prenatal vitamins.
- Take your vitamins with something sweet
Apart from not taking your prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach, another way for you to go is also to take your vitamins with something sweet and slippery. This taste and texture can often hide the disgusting taste or feeling that may come from these prenatal vitamins. Think of taking your prenatal vitamins in like manner as you would let a child drink their medicine, where you often have to supplement the same with something sweet.
Here are options of treats that you can take your vitamins with:
- Chocolates and candies
- Sweet, fruit juices
Most women already battle morning sickness to begin with, and adding up to this nauseous feeling by taking prenatal vitamins certainly does not help. That queasy feeling makes you feel weak throughout the morning, especially for expectant mothers who are still working. With these tips in mind, here’s to hoping that taking your prenatal vitamins don’t have to be an excruciating experience for you anymore.