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TMI, but my prenatals make me seriously constipated, its gotten so bad that i have a hemorrhoid that won't go away. how necessary is it for me to continue taking my prenatal vitamin while breastfeeding?
p.s. i take calcium w/ vitamin d and fish oil as well.
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Im no expert at all on vitamins, but I've had some experience in the other area I take prenatals, calcium and magnesium tablets (depending on my dairy intake that day) and I was taking Omega 3 prenatals, and I never had that reaction, maybe its the brand of prenatals? I had that problem at first, I increased my water intake and it helped. I have to keep telling myself my boobs use up the water first
Chances are its simply the type of vitamin youre taking thats contributing to the constipation. Get one without Iron (which is what causes the constipation ) and maybe even try to get some whole food supplements - theyre better absorbed, and b/c its from whole foods it doesnt require as much compressed amounts of the vitamin, also leading to fewer problems. You may have to take several pills, b/c theyre not processed the same way - but theyre usually much easier to digest, no constipation, not to mention a whole slew of other benefits. Most health food stores & some chiropractors carry them
Usually it's the extra iron in prenatals that cause constipation. You could take a multivitamin instead, and that should help. Since you are taking calcium and fish oil too, you have your bases covered.
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