During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon to feel nauseous, especially during the first trimester, due to the badly named ‘morning sickness’ which often turns out to be ‘all day sickness’. However often prenatal vitamins can either cause this nausea or make it worse.
One of the most common reasons prenatal vitamins make women feel sick is because they contain iron.
So what can you do to stop the nausea? The simple answer is – stop taking your prenatal vitamins. You DO still need some of the ingredients, but there are other options.
Studies have shown that the main two supplements women need in pregnancy are iron and folate. So what are your other options?
- Increase your dietary intake of folate and iron. Green leafy vegetables, red meat, seafood, beans and dried fruit are a good start for getting iron and folate in your diet. Keep in mind that natural folate, which is easily absorbed, is actually different than the man made folic acid which builds up in your body and isn’t as easily absorbed.
- Increase your intake of B6. This vitamin helps relieve nausea and other issues relating to the female reproductive system.
- Take any pills at times when you feel well, such as in the evening.
- Always take pills with food.
If you prefer to take pills over watching your diet, look into more natural forms of folate and iron, instead of chemically manufactured mainstream brands. Here is further reading about choosing the most absorbent supplements for your pregnancy.1 | 2