When I was pregnant with my girls, I took a prenatal vitamin from Walmart. Not the cheapest one, but not the most expensive. I made sure they had all the “vitals”–DHA, Folic Acid… When we started trying to get pregnant this time, I bought the same brand as I’d bought before. They were fine while trying to conceive, but when I got pregnant, I noticed that every time I took my prenatal, I felt worse within an hour. It was awful. I had bad morning sickness anyway and I didn’t want to have my vitamins making it even worse.
I spoke with my midwife about it and she gave me some samples of prescription prenatals to try. They were even worse! One of them, you had to take two a day and they were HUGE! It’s hard to swallow when you’re constantly feeling like puking and even harder when the pill is horse-sized. The other one she gave me to try was equally awful. It was also two pills and although both were small, one was the DHA pill. It smelled like dead fish. Not good for a pregnant, sick mama.
I did some reading and found that sometimes the iron content in the prenatal vitamins caused the problem of extra sickness. I went to Walmart to try to find myself some vitamins that were lower in iron. I eat plenty of red meat and my iron levels were fine in my initial blood tests at my first appointment, so I wasn’t really worried about getting more in my vitamin.
When I found the VitaFusion PreNatal gummies, I was really excited. I’d heard good things about the gummies and the fact that they have NO iron in them gave me hope. I took them home, gave them a try, and…YUM! They’re delicious. They taste like gummy bears.
And the best thing?? They don’t make me sick!!
The down side? (Yes…there is one.) I can’t take them when I take my other pills. My nightly routine goes like this. Put on pj’s, go to the bathroom, brush teeth, take pills, go to bed. The other pills I take at night are Vitamin B and Unisom, both of which I can swallow. Obviously, since I chew these, I don’t like to take them after I’ve brushed my teeth. The only reason this is a problem is that I have to remember to take them earlier in the day. Not a huge deal, but I do forget them more often than I did my other prenatals.
The other downside? (Okay, there are two.) They do have a bit of an aftertaste. My suggestion would be taking them with a meal so you have something else in your mouth to get rid of the taste before you even notice it. That or chewing gum, brushing your teeth, or taking a drink of something all work well.
Overall though, I love these and am so glad I found them! They make taking my vitamins so much more pleasant!
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