Prenatal vitamins

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pmac
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   Posted 2/9/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey just wondering if anyone has ever noticed if prenatal vitamins make your guts start to feel unwell, almost like you're starting to flare?  I've just started taking them (10 days or so) and have been feeling kind of icky.  I am trying to take them with food, and I noticed that it says to not take 2 hrs, berfore or after meds, so sometimes it's hard to take them with food.  I am used to taking a daily multi from before, I just wanted to start the prenatal now well in advance of trying to get pregnant.  But multi-vitamins did not ever make me feel this way? Just a coincidence in the timing of my guts acting up?  Very frustrating when I was feeling like things were just starting to get a little more under control.  I'm on Salofalk tablets 8/day, and enemas, but I am supposed to try and wean off of those...not having much luck with that, but they seemed to be a huge help! I'm hoping to not have to progress in my drugs, as we really want to try getting pregnant aroung summertime, and i'd be way more comfortable relying on just the salofalk tabs.
 
Any thoughts on these vitamins would be appreciated!
 
Thanks,
Paula :-)

dakotagirl
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   Posted 2/9/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
It could just be THAT particular formulation of vitamins.

One option would be to check what your regular multi has in it and then supplement to make up the difference in the prenatal.

Some vitamins just make me feel like crud!

Try to always take meds/supplements with a little bit of food - helps prevent gastritis. (Don't do this if the med says to take on an empty stomach.)
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jujub
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   Posted 2/9/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
pmac, some women have trouble tolerating the prenatals. I agree, look at the ingredients and compare them to the multivitamin you were taking before. If you're getting 100% of your iron and folic acid in the vitamin, that's good. Any other deficiencies you may be able to make up by taking single ingredients. If you're unsure, check with your Gyn or primary care doctor.
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hekela
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   Posted 2/10/2008 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, many prenatals make me feel icky!
i had to try a few different brands and finally settled on one that works as long as i don't take the recommended dose.
i tried New Chapter (3 a day), yuck.
also Nature's Way (1 a day), yuck.
the full dose of Rainbow Light (6 pills per day!!!) was way too much for me. even 2 at one time had me peeing a bright yellow color which is the vitamin b just getting flushed down the toilet.
anyway, so now i take only one of the rainbow light plus a folic acid tablet and one calcium softgel. works fine for me.
you just have to play around with what works for you. i figure at least i'm getting a little bit of a multi and guaranteed enough folic acid and i'm feeling fine.
hope you find something that works for you soon!
and congrats on soon to be "trying"! very exciting! :)
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quincy
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   Posted 2/10/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Not all vitamins agree with everyone....if they aren't a capsule and are hard, it could be that they're taking a bit longer to break down.

I use Sisu multi vi-min capsules...never had a problem. Their other daily multi is good too...but I prefer the capsules.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


pmac
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   Posted 2/10/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone for your responses.  I guess that maybe i should talk to my doctor if i continue to feel the same.  First off I'm going to try taking them with my lunch, and see if the food helps.  If not I'll find out what I could be taking with just a regular multi since those never seemed to bother me!?  I'd rather this is what has been making me feel a little unwell, then it be my uc acting up!  I guess we will see.

Paula :-)


quincy
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   Posted 2/10/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest you don't take them for at least a week....then you'll know if it's the vitamins or not.

You won't have any major loss of nutrients if you do so.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


summerstorm
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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i tried a lot of diff kinds and could never find one that worked well, so my OBs all told me that a flintstones vitamin was fine!  just that i needed to take extra iron (i was taking chromagen) and also extra folic acid, i was taking an extra 4mg.
All those prenantal vitamins made me feel icky!
good luck

weedlewub
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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
The prescription kind that my doctor gave me had a stool softener in it. It had horrible effects. I switched to a generic over the counter brand and it works just fine.
Diagnosed with UC in Jan 2006
 
Currently taking spanish black radish, congaplex, zymex, multizyme,l-glutamine, calsol, protefood, and homeopathic "intestinal distress" drops.

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