Hi. I have just found out that I am pregnant. Earlier this year I had to go to a specialist for stomach issues. I produce too much acid and have to avoid acidic foods (in order to avoid stomach pain). I know folic acid is really important for the baby but what do I do if it makes me nauseated? (the pre-natal vitamins make me nauseated)”
Yuck, there’s nothing like feeling queasy in early pregnancy, then trying to force down a smelly vitamin pill. The good news is you don’t have to take prenatal vitamins to get enough folic acid or any other nutrient. Your body actually absorbs vitamins and minerals better from food than from a pill. The problem is that the modern American diet is woefully deficient in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and dietary deficiencies in early pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on the fetus. Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is important for preventing neural tube defects and is found in leafy green vegetables, peas, beans and fortified cereals. If your stomach issues keep you from having a balanced diet, then call your health care provider and ask her to prescribe or recommend a different brand of vitamin. Some are less nauseating than others!