Do You Take Your Prenatal Vitamins?

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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. 

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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. 

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Do you remember to take your prenatal vitamin every day?  

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Do You Take Your Prenatal Vitamins?

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27 comments

  1. Cecilia says:

    I take them everyday with my breakfast

  2. Megan says:

    I find it much easier this time than with my first! I was always forgetting then, but now I give my toddler his multi-vitamin (which is LOVES) at the same time I take mine. Then I certainly wont forget, because he never forgets his!

  3. Aimee says:

    I have a hard time remembering to take them too.

  4. Nadine says:

    Yes! Everyday!!

  5. Naila says:

    yes and every day

  6. Zaiynab says:

    I take regular vitamins, my hospital says you don’t have to take prenatal vitamins, as long as your regular ones have at least 400 mcg of folic acid. I remember it most days since I keep it in plain sight so I pass them all the time during my day. I forgot most when I traveled and didn’t do that.

  7. The only time I forget to take my prenatal is when I am out and about the town. I am pretty good about packing some extras in my purse now.

  8. JoyRied says:

    The only time I forgot to take my prenatal was when I was away from home and forget to pack them.

  9. Grace says:

    its good to take prenatals if you are trying to conceive, while pregnant and after while nursing too…

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  11. Joeygraham says:

    I started on vitamins when we decided to try for another child. Having a routine helps.

  12. Marina says:

    I always taken vitamins. But, being extremely nauseous for past 5 months it is extremely hard to take on daily basis. I even tried taking gummy prenatal vitamins – still can’t stomach them.

  13. RavenQueen says:

    ive taken pills everyday for most of my life (for my health problems) but ive never been very good at remembering to take them until it was a prenatel…i guess taking it was easier when it was to keep my future child healthy

  14. Jasmine says:

    I think if you dont take multi vitamins before beng pregnant , its really hard to remember to take them at first …. but i knew how important they were especially since working so much in the begining made regular meals hard … and now 9 months later i know if i forgot to take them by mid-day i end up with a severe headache. i guess baby really likes her nutrition.

  15. Yes, I take them every night before I go to bed.

    I didn’t know that I can still take them after my son is born – so in 3 months, once he’s here, I’ll continue to take them since it will benefit us both!

  16. Amanda says:

    Had her 7 weeks ago and still taking them!

  17. Jody says:

    I’m pretty good about remembering to take them. I put them in a place where I will see them.

  18. Margarita says:

    I used to forget all the time if I took my prenatal vitamins untill I googled an app for my phone. It sends daily reminds to take the pill and also has a place to check mark that you’ve taken and since then I haven’t forgot 🙂

  19. fenderferyl says:

    I had to buy a little pill minder to remember to take my prenatal vitamins, and my vitamine D & C… I figured out that I wasn’t taking them out of laziness of opening 3 different pill jars. Because I like to be organized, I look forward to Sundays when I put all of my, and my husband’s vitamins in the pill minders, we’ve done very well with this method!!!

  20. EbyMom says:

    I do not have problems taking drugs ordinarily. I always take my prenatal vitamins with ease.

  21. still using the alarm though

  22. At first I was afraid I’d forget. Especially since forgetting a pill everyday was the reason I wasn’t on birth control. So in order to remember I set an alarm on my phone. Now in the 27th week I’m used to taking it 🙂

  23. Jordan Smith says:

    I try as hard as I can to take my prenatal daily and I am usually pretty good about taking it with my breakfast. I do notice, however, that days that I don’t take it I don’t feel as energized or rested. That has been a huge encouragement to remind me to take mine.

  24. Gloria Smith says:

    I do take my prenatal vit daily. It was difficult at first because I do not eat breakfast but I learned to eat a snack before taking them. Will actually be glad when I can stop. Approx 6 weeks 🙂

  25. RavenGrey says:

    Yes, I set the alarm on my watch for 8pm. I started taking them at night so that I wouldn’t throw them up. Now it’s in the routine. Plus taking them at night insures that I’m not taking them on an empty stomach, which will make you sick.

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