So unfair.

Sam’s vitamins are sour gummies. He gets four a day. He loves them.

My vitamins are enormous horse pills that make me feel like I am going to vomit for hours after I take them. I only have to take one a day, which is the only good thing I can say about them (other than folic acid, yay). I hate them.

The same company (Rainbow Light) makes both vitamins. I think I need to track down their Head Of Vitamins or whatever the title might be and give him what-for. WHY would vitamins for the pregnant ladies–who are probably nauseated all the time anyway–be so difficult to get down? Why can’t we have nice candy like our babies get once we’ve birthed them?

14 thoughts on “So unfair.

  1. Annika

    May 28, 2009 at 6:52am

    Side tangent: all children’s vitamins say NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER FOUR all over them. I was really frustrated because I think Sam needs them, but didn’t want to give him something his body isn’t ready for. Finally I found one brand that said NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER FOUR, CHOKING HAZARD. Oh for fuck’s sake. I do not believe in food as choking hazards. At all. ANY food can be choked on by ANY person. There is no such thing as a food that is a special hazard.

  2. Amanda

    May 28, 2009 at 7:51am

    I bought some Flintstones vitamins for that very reason. I thought they were fantastic when I was a kid, but now they just make my coffee taste disgusting for the rest of the morning.

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  3. Holly

    May 28, 2009 at 10:03am

    They make gummy vitamins for adults now, and they taste good, according to the husband, I cant have them cause of strawberries. But with a bit of searching, you might be able to find gummy pre-natals… or something thats a bit easier on your stomach.

    Good luck!

  4. uccellina

    May 28, 2009 at 10:12am

    I’m pretty sure my OB said I could take whatever multi-vitamin I wanted, that it didn’t have to be special pre-natal vitamins, as long as I also took folic acid. YMMV of course.

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  5. ~Sheryl

    May 28, 2009 at 11:52am

    Vitamins make me nauseous as well… so I took them before I went to bed and slept thru the nausea. Might work for you.
    ~S

  6. Lauren

    May 28, 2009 at 4:26pm

    The prenatal vitamins that I take (and NO, I’m not, it’s just because I have heard they are good for your hair, skin, nails, etc) aren’t terribly big. They’re no sour gummies, but they aren’t giant, either. They’re Target brand, if you’re in the market for new ones. Cheap, too.

  7. Annika

    May 28, 2009 at 4:31pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I will not be switching, for two reasons: 1. I’ve already bought the Rainbow Light ones, and I am not throwing $25 down the toilet; 2. they are the only ones I know of that are 100% food-based and vegan, and no matter what the pharmaceutical companies say I stubbornly believe that our bodies absorb vitamins better if they are not synthetic. (I’d rather get them 100% from food, but it’s basically impossible. I may look into switching to just taking folic acid, though. Once this giant bottle is done.)

  8. Elise

    May 28, 2009 at 4:59pm

    I take the Rainbow Light prenatals, but the ones that you take 6 of per day (still food-based, still vegan, and this brand is supposed to be the best). The midwife said the 6-per were far easier on the stomach than the one-a-days. I haven’t had any problem with them. Don’t know how long your current batch will last you, but I’d recommend these if you get the opportunity to buy a new batch (I imagine you will over the course of 7+ months!)…

  9. sunflowerfairy

    May 28, 2009 at 5:02pm

    I take a flintstone vita daily(worst pregnant lady, ever!) In the first trimester I supplimented (when I could keep something down, haha) 1 folic acid, 1 omega 3 and 1-3 vitamin B6 daily.

    I barfed up the vita-mix so much that the smell of the bottles opening make me gag. Sigh.

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  10. Cindy

    May 28, 2009 at 5:08pm

    Megan had a problem with taking the horse pills too. She suffered from “all-the-time sickness” and it was always worse after taking the pills. Finally, her midwife told her to stop taking them altogether. Megan stopped getting sick right away. As for me, I suck at remembering to take pills so I pretty much didn’t take pre-natals at all for any of mine. Yeah, I suck.

    Going with the folic acid once your done the giant bottle sounds like a good idea for you.

  11. Annika

    May 28, 2009 at 5:10pm

    Ooh, Elise, I don’t think they had those three years ago! So I didn’t know to look for them. If I continue having trouble with the one-a-days I will definitely try those. Though I do worry about my ability to remember to do anything SIX times a day.

  12. Diane Dawson

    June 1, 2009 at 9:30am

    I grew Lilly on Trader Joe’s children’s chewables :)

  13. Stephanie

    June 8, 2009 at 8:17pm

    Ohhhh supplement talk. :)

    The several-a-day ones are actually more complete (have more minerals, etc.) than the one-a-days, so they’re not only easier to swallow, they are also giving you a good bit more nutrition. I have used and love the 6-a-day Rainbow Light multi for women. I usually split it up 2-2-2 or 3-3 between meals.

    Minerals (magnesium, selenium, iron, zinc, copper, etc.) are bulky so they can’t fit very much of those in a one-a-day. And, if you read labels, the kid’s gummies have almost no minerals in them if any, because, well, minerals are rocks, so it’s trickier to turn them into gummy form. :)

    Rainbow Light is indeed a food-based formula although they do have some isolated nutrients which are not entirely whole-food-derived. I have also used and love New Chapter, which has no synthetic isolates at all (they’re entirely cultured from food, and are 100% vegetarian too), but they ARE usually more pricey than Rainbow Light. I get them from iherb.com which usually has a good price though. The prenatals are taken 3X a day so a 60-day supply costs about $50 with shipping.

    more info about New Chapter:
    http://www.newchapter.com/structure-functions/prenatal-nutrition

    Another upside of being totally whole food? I can take New Chapter multis on an empty stomach and not feel ill, which is not necessarily true with the Rainbow Light.

    Errr, sorry to ramble on. I worked at a health food store for three and a half years so I still have this useless knowledge floating around in my brain. ;)

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