I have always had serious issues with vitamins. I tried all the tricks to take them – holding my nose, eating a huge meal before taking them, etc. Nothing has ever worked. I'd feel horribly nauseated for hours.
Then, when I was expecting my little ones, vitamins became an even bigger struggle. Not only was there morning sickness to contend with, there was also the increased sensitivity of the gag reflex. *If* I could manage to swallow my prenatal vitamins, it usually wasn't long before I saw them again, if you know what I mean.
I actually gave up on vitamins for the majority of my last pregnancy – until I finally caved and bought an extremely expensive whole foods vitamin. I never felt nauseated from the whole food vitamin; it was just a bummer that it cost so much that I had to adjust our food budget to pay for them.
That's why I had my fingers crossed when I first took the BabyMamma vitamins. These vitamins promised to be easier for easily-nauseated moms to take and keep down – and they were only a third of the retail price of the whole food vitamins I've been taking!
The bottle said that the sweet coating helped the vitamins stay down, but honestly, it's got to be more than that. I tried a peppermint-coated prenatal once before, and all that did was give me minty-fresh heaves. I never really noticed a flavor for the BabyMamma vitamins (I didn't even taste the touted sweet coating), but I definitely noticed the lack of gagging and nausea!
I also liked that $1 of the purchase from every bottle goes towards the Mammas Helping Mammas charity, which supports maternal health and wellness initiatives. It's always nice when a necessary purchase can benefit others as well!
There was one thing, though, that I really found troubling about BabyMamma vitamins. Not only are they coated in a sweet flavor, they're pink – meaning they very closely resemble candy. This won't be a problem for most first-time moms, but for those who already have young children, it could be a poisoning risk. My daughter is 21 months, so she's not strong enough to move our kitchen chairs or anything. It's simple enough for me to keep the vitamins out of her reach on a high shelf right now – but for an older, stronger child, it would be very important to keep them safely locked up. Use wisdom in where these yummy-looking vitamins are stored!
I would definitely recommend BabyMamma Vitamins (with the caution about careful storage) to any mom who gags on normal prenatals!
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