by Pregnancy.org Staff
Prenatal vitamins: Best friend of pregnancy health; worst enemy of the pregnant woman.
Most women say they'd rather not swallow a pill the size of a baked potato while already nausous and bloated. This pill might have unpleasant side effects -- more nausea and maybe constipation. Swallow some of these tips to ease that pain-in-the-pill:
While it may be tempting to cheat and skip a pill (or three), making that effort every day means a healthy and nutritious enviornment for your developing baby. Prenatal vitamins aren't intended to replace a healthy diet but to enhance it.
Confession time...none of us eat perfectly every day. The vitamins can help fill nutritional gaps and offer that little extra boost to your baby! These important pills provide nutrients like folic acid which are essential to prevent certain common birth defects. Call them little insurance policies!
You shouldn't ditch the pill, but you can keep the daily drama down to a minimum!
You give it your best, but the pill is still escaping your tummy in less than pleasurable ways. Good news -- these alternatives will keep the nutrients in your body, and hopefully your breakfast as well!
Supplements contain vitamins and minerals in concentrated form. Combining several different types increases the risk of overdosing on a particular nutrient. Let your provider know what nutritional supplements you're taking and work together on a plan that's both healthy and easy to swallow.
While getting these vitamins in seems almost more trouble than it's worth, the good news is prenatal vitamin intolerance usually doesn't last past the first trimester. Until you get there, we applaud your effort!