Do You Take Your Prenatal Vitamins?
So what's the first thing you do when you find out that you are pregnant?
Pop a prenatal vitamin, right?
And what's the first thing you do if you're me and pregnant?
Forget to take your prenatal vitamins.
I know it's a horrible thing to admit because I'm a labor and delivery nurse and all, but for some reason, I struggle with remembering to take my prenatal vitamins. Part of the problem originated when I was pregnant with my first, and the mere sight of my prenatal made me run to the bathroom to throw up. I tried taking the vitamin with food, taking it at night, and disguising it in food. Nothing helped.
So I kind of stopped taking it. My midwife recommended that if the prenatal vitamins were making me sick, I could try taking two Flintstones vitamins instead. So I tried that, and that helped — for a while.
With my second and third pregnancies, I didn't have as much trouble with nausea, but I still couldn't seem to remember to take my vitamins on a regular basis. And because I've breastfed all of my children exclusively, my doctor also recommended that I continue taking my prenatals through the breastfeeding period, as it can help ensure my health and my milk supply.
Can you guess if I remember to take it every day?
According to WebMD, the most important things to look for in prenatal vitamins are folic acid, calcium, and iron, all of which help the baby to develop correctly in the womb and promote optimum health and oxygenation. I know that babies survived for hundreds of years without prenatal vitamins, but as it turns out, prenatal vitamins are extremely important.
If you're like me and have trouble remembering to take your prenatal vitamin, don't feel guilty! Skipping a dose here or there won't endanger the life of your baby, but ensuring that you try to take your vitamin every day will promote the start you can give your baby for life.
And if your prenatal vitamins make you extremely nauseated, like mine did, don't suffer in silence! Talk to your healthcare provider – he or she may be able to prescribe a different form, like liquid or chewable vitamins, or a different brand that might be easier on your stomach.
Do you remember to take your prenatal vitamin every day?