L.K. asks from Tinley Park, IL on November 10, 2008
Issues with Vitamins
Hi moms, I have a question regarding vitamins. I was always able to take a muti-vitamin with no stomach issues. I have a pretty sensitive stomach, and HATE (like most people, I'm sure) to feel nauseous. I wasn't really able to take prenatals until the middle and end of the pregnancy, and just to make sure, would take them with plenty of food in my tummy. I did, however, take a multi and folic acid. Now that I've had my baby, it seems I can't take ANYTHING without an upset stomach, no matter how much food! Any advice? Has anyone had a similar experience? I know I need to take a vitamin to stay healthy, especially since I don't always eat all of the servings of good foods I need. Please help!
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A.G. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
Hi L., I agree with the previous posters on taking the vitamins at night. I also take them with a glass of milk and sugar free Carnation Instant Breakfast. It helps to coat my stomach. Otherwise, when I'd wake in the night (as we moms so often do), I'd still feel the naseua.
I've also sampled many expensive brands and have had a lot of luck with a Target brand prenatal. It's coated, so you don't get that awful taste when it goes down.
K.O. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
My stomach is also more sensitive after having my daughter but my vitamins don't bother me at all. I switched to Shaklee after having my daughter because of their cleaning products. I knew to put the regular stuff up and out of reach but never realized they left a toxic sludge behind where I had just cleaned or that the chemicals lingered in the air long afterwards. So I tried the nontoxic cleaning products and ended up falling in love with the company. Their vitamins are food supplements - very different than the synthetically made ones you found elsewhere. They are made to get absorbed right away and are tested more thoroughly than anything I have ever heard of for safety and quality control. I would love to give you more information - could you email me at ____@____.com?
A.G. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
I had this problem too, so I started taking them at night before bed so I wouldn't experience the upset stomach. I've been doing this for 3 years now without any troubles! Good luck!
J.A. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
See my website www.gopillfree.com. Tons of helpful info. I swear by Body Balance, it is a liquid whole food "vitamin" with vitamins, minerals and all essential glyconutrients that you can't get in your daily diet. I have been taking it for about 8 years now and the best side effect, I don't get sick, I mean bedridden ill - ever! My whole family drinks it. My Aidan is 5 and never missed a day of preschool due to illness!
I can get you a sample bottle to see if it bothers you, but it shouldn't if you are fine with drinking any type of juice. It is made with organic ingredients, sea vegetables, black cherry and certified pure aloe vera juice. There is nothing artificial or "additives" in it and I never took a prenatal because my doctor said that my Body Balance was better for my body and digestive system than a packet of pills. That is about when I started "Go Pill Free". E-mail me and I'll give you my phone number for a sample. You can only obtain by referral, it used to be prescribed by holistic doctors only, so I personally don't sell it. If you like it, you can order it direct from the company and have it shipped to you. There is a referral number on the website so you can even order a free sample bottle without even contacting me if you feel uncomfortable calling a "stranger". Good luck, and whatever you decide to try, I hope it works best for YOUR body.
C.M. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
Hi L., The others are right about listening to your body. I strongly recommend you try digestive enzymes from Home First. They are a tummy saver. You will see results near immediately. My family of 5 all takes them with the Probiotics. I think it is called Pro50 or Pro5. They are more than happy to help you get started.
C.H. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
Have you heard of a company called Juice Plus+. I have been taking them for almost a year. It is all the fruits and veggies you need for the day. It is four capsules that you take daily. Split them up if you want,2 veggies and 2 fruits. Then when your baby is older you can even open the capsules and put them on your baby's food to ensure that they are getting all they need. Our family loves them! Hope it helps. My cousin is a distributer if you are interested, or just want some info. Let me know! Hope it helps!!
C.K. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
Take them at night before you go to bed, I have the same problem and this solved it.
E.M. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
B.B. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
I also had the same issues when I was pregnant. The most likley culrpit for the effect is the iron contained in most vitamins. Try taking a suppliment that does not contain it. I love Emergen-C multi-vitamin. It can be found at most major chains like Jewel, Target, or Walgreen's. It is in a powedered form and you add it to about 4-6 ounces of water. It tastes like a nice fizzy treat. It comes in a wide range of flavors, I do prefere the tangerine. Make sure you're getting your iron through the foods you eat. green leafy veggies and red meat. Good luck!
P.K. answers from Chicago on November 11, 2008
I have found that my stomach does not get upset with liquid vitamins. I use Pana C-315. It's a great multi-vitamin, mineral & super food supplement. It's peach/mango flavored, so I put it a bottle of water that I sip on during the morning, after a good breakfast. That does the trick. You could add a little juice if you wanted more flavor. Ola Loa makes a powdered vitamin/mineral supplement that you mix in your water bottle, or a glass of water. Both are available online, or at Multiform Fitness in Hoffman Estates. Good luck to you!
R.B. answers from Springfield on November 11, 2008
Make sure the vitamins you are taking are necessary and completely natural. Most vitamins (including prenats) have many things in them that are not "whole food" vitamins and have man made ingredients which do not absorb into the body correctly. You do pay more for the better viatmins, but they do their job. If you eat a really healthy clean diet, you may not need vitamin supplements. Check with someone who deals with nutrition. I take digestive enzymes all the time...these help to deal with all digestive issues, including tummy problems. You may have a sensitivity to something in the vitamins which is giving you the issue, too. Since my third pregnancy, I can't eat onions...I am probably slightly allergic to them, and it became more evident during pregancy. Your body does strange things, but if you feed it correctly, you will be much happier!
...and most medical doctors don't deal with nutrition, so they would say something as crazy as "the cheap vitamins are the same as a whole food supplement". It just isn't true. I have been taking supplements only when I need them for the past five years and I have never been healthier. It doesn't take time to be healthy, just good common sense. It doesn't take any longer to steam veggies than to run through the drive through. Take your time, read labels and feed your body well!