Experts share a few ideas on how to make prenatals easier for women to take.
Adding a prenatal vitamin to your daily routine is very important if you are planning to become pregnant or are currently pregnant. Prenatal vitamins have essential nutrients that can benefit both mother and baby during this important time. During pregnancy it is recommended that pregnant women have 400 mcg of folic acid, 27 mg of iron, 1000 mg of calcium, 600 IU of Vitamin D and 1.9 mg of Vitamin B6. It is important that women are keeping track of their nutrient intake to make sure they are providing the best for their baby.
Some prenatals are hard to take and can actually bring your stomach some discomfort if you are especially prone to dealing with morning sickness. Some prenatals with iron might cause you to throw up or become nauseous more easily. Some women might not even like swallowing pills and have a difficult time swallowing the large prenatal pills. Due to the increased chance of dealing with an upset stomach, many women decide to avoid prenatal vitamins altogether which is not the best choice for the growing fetus.
Experts suggest a couple of different options for women to be able to take their prenatal vitamins easier. First, doctors suggest that women begin consuming a special blend of ginger and foods with enzymes that can help aid digestion and help with morning sickness. Experts also encourage women who might be struggling with taking their prenatal switch to a gummy vitamin instead of the swallowable one. Chewable vitamins don't have iron in them so they might be a little bit easier on your stomach. Finally, there are packets that you can consume in liquid form that provides all of the vitamins that you may need for you and your baby during pregnancy.
It is very important that before you begin taking any new supplement that you discuss it with your doctor to make sure that it is safe for you and your baby. Some medications and supplements are not safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding and must be discussed with your doctor.