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Haven't taken ANY prenatal vitamins or folic acid.

(25 Posts)
DS2inthebox Thu 03-Oct-13 16:35:01

Simply because I throw them up within 5 minutes. I've tried taking them with food, without, dry, with tons of water..nothing. I throw it up like it's about to poison my system.

My MW and DM said "well many heakthu children have been born without them so don't worry about it" "I didn't take any with you, I don't even remember the MW asking me to"

I just worry for my poor baby.

Has anyone not taken any, by choice or through no fault of their own too?

callamia Thu 03-Oct-13 16:42:01

Are you able to eat well or are you just sick after everything?
There are plenty of people who don't - people who don't realise they're pregnant until later; our mothers and their mothers etc...

If you can make sure that your diet contains all of the things that your baby needs, then great. To be honest, I've mainly been taking vitamins because they make ME less tired; the baby seems to take what it needs first, and I feel like I get the leftovers.

Zoomania Thu 03-Oct-13 16:46:39

I did with the big pregnacare vitamins but found a small pot of folic acid tablets and they were tiny - like the size of contraceptive pills...much easier. Have you tried those?

AmandaPayneVersusThePainballer Thu 03-Oct-13 16:48:51

Are you keeping down other food?

Please don't worry. Hundreds of women (thousands?) each year don't discover they are pregnant until towards the end of the first trimester and haven't taken anything or done anything.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 16:53:32

I took folic acid, but I never take any vitamin supplements, ever. I think they are a bit of a waste of money.

ButteryJam Thu 03-Oct-13 17:03:47

I would highly recommend you take folic acid even if you don't want to take other vitamins. Anecdotally folic acid may prevent tongue tie and tongue tie can be the cause of many many problems once baby is born. It's best to be on the safe side. All the best smile

Sammie101 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:10:52

I started taking them, but have up after a few weeks because they made me feel sick, and I didn't have any morning sickness!
And I have a lovely 9 week old daughter smile
I'm not saying that they don't do any good and you shouldn't bother taking them but if they make you feel ill then you shouldn't feel guilty about not taking them, especially when being pregnant puts us through enough

DS2inthebox Thu 03-Oct-13 17:40:28

Thank you for all your replies.

I can keep most food down, my MS has lessened. I'm 17 weeks and I was beginning to wonder if it's too late to start the vitamins again. I've tried the small folic acid pills too.. threw that up.

I'll just pray baby is healthy and happy when he/she is born.

I had no idea about the tongue tie thing. I thought folic acid was for the spine?

AmandaPayneVersusThePainballer Thu 03-Oct-13 17:43:14

If you have been keeping other foods down, many cereals are fortified with folic acid anyway.

Please try not to worry. It's about reducing risk at a population level, not something you need to beat yourself up about.

Florin Thu 03-Oct-13 17:46:46

Folic acid is mainly for spina bifida I think. Never heard of the tongue tie thing and I took pre natal vitamins and folic acid religiously and my son still has a severe tongue tie.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:49:53

Folic acid only needs to be taken until 12 weeks though, it's not necessary after the <can't remember proper name> thingy has formed and closed.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:51:04

But as Amanda pointed out, many foods are fortified with folic acid, bread and cereal being the main ones so it's unlikely many people are lacking.

babyrose Thu 03-Oct-13 18:09:14

I was told to stop taking them at 12 wks with ds.

InTheFace Thu 03-Oct-13 18:13:24

I chose not to take them (any of them), think it's a load of tosh. No harm in taking them, but if you have a balanced diet and are keeping your food down, there's no appreciable benefit either.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 18:20:27

I am always reminded of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory watching Penny buy vitamins and saying "what you are buying there is the ingredients for really expensive urine" grin

WantedGSOH Thu 03-Oct-13 18:22:13

My Dr is obsessive about frolic acid. Last time I went I mentioned I might be thinking of ttc in six months (it was in relation to contraception, pil etc) or so & he told me to take frolic acid tablets now. I haven't though. I was abit confused really!

I guess its important but probably odds are very much in your favour of everything being fine IYSWIM?

WantedGSOH Thu 03-Oct-13 18:23:43

Frolic acid grin maybe he thought it would help us ttc!

Folic acid ffs!

NatashaBee Thu 03-Oct-13 18:33:46

grin @ frolic acid!

I didn't know that about the tongue tie though, that's interesting.

Mummabear12 Thu 03-Oct-13 19:15:14

I didn't take any with dd as I found out too late and I've stopped taking them now too 10+1 because I constantly have the runs and was wondering if its due to that x

stargirl1701 Thu 03-Oct-13 19:18:53

My MW said folic acid may cause tongue ties. It is one reason (just a theory at the mo) tongue ties' have increased. I believe there is currently a study comparing folic acid and folate to see if tongue tie incidence is reduced.

bumpybumps Thu 03-Oct-13 21:19:55

I didn't take any, I had hg and so wasn't able to swallow anything without retching and throwing up so it would have been pointless anyway. My dd is 16 weeks now and completly fine

TarkaTheOtter Fri 04-Oct-13 13:04:13

I was the same as you OP. I did take them for a few months whilst ttc but just couldn't keep them down once pregnant.

Lozcat86 Fri 04-Oct-13 14:08:58

I took frolic acid/ pregnancy vitamins until about 20 weeks and I've not taking any since. I think if you are eating healthy and varied you should be fine. Think the vitamins are a bit of a con really...mhmm

Lozcat86 Fri 04-Oct-13 14:09:38

Errr folic not frolic acid lol

perfectstorm Fri 04-Oct-13 22:00:16

DS is hale and hearty and almost 5, and I was in your situation with him.

He did have a horrendous tongue tie, but so did his dad and they are strongly linked to genetics. And as half of pregnancies aren't planned, an awful lot of women can't have taken prenatals. Most babies didn't have SB in our generation and our mothers had no idea you should take folic acid, either.

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