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    Default Prenatal vitamin WITHOUT iron?

    Does anyone know of a good prenatal vitamin that doesn't contain iron? I was taking Elevit before, but now I have found out I have haematomachrosis and can't take it because it contains iron.

    I am also taking some other herbal medication for now that contains almost the daily recommended dose of vitamin A, so I don't really want one to contain that either!

    Otherwise, would it be better for me to skip the prenatal multivitamins altogether and say take a separate folic acid vitamin?

    I could ask my naturopath but I'm not seeing her for another week, so thought someone here might know!

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    I think bioceuticals makes one, but it's practitioner only so you would need to find a pharmacy with a naturopath to buy it. It's called InNatal. Otherwise just take a folic acid/iodine supplement like the one from blackmores. You probably don't need more than that.

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    There's a thread that might be helpful here: http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...s-WITHOUT-iron

    Someone in that thread mentioned In-Natal

    I was also unable to take a multi with iron. It's hard trying to find one, so I ended up just taking Berocca Performance.
    It doesn't have as many vitamins & minerals as pregnancy vitamins but it was fine for me because I was mainly after B vitamins, Folic acid (each tablet contains 400μg), Zinc and magnesium.
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    Thanks guys! Thanks for the thread link too.

    I'll ask my naturopath about the bioceuticals one too - I assume she'd be able to get it for me.

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    Just realised you can get In-Natal from the Australian Vitamins online store where I buy a whole heap of other things too

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    I also have haemocromatosis and take the biocuetical In-Natal without iron. Their website has stockists, I find most Chemist warehouse stock it.

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    I didn't take any vitamins, found out I was preg at 9&7 weeks and both were unplanned so figured I missed the "important" time and eat healthily etc. I asked at one appt if I should start taking them and was told they aren't essential but the Special K I was eating is basically a multivitamin itself. Check out the side of a pack...it prob has iron though?

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    Fantastic, thanks @littlesparrow74 !

    Thanks Mmumm, unfortunately I can't eat gluten or wheat at the moment either! (not making my life easy at the moment is it!)

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    Hi @HillDweller I have haemochromatosis also and when not pregnant my iron stores are managed through therapeutic venesection because they were often high and I was taking Swisse multi without iron or iodine.

    When pregnant I discussed this with my GP and he said that as baby needs so much iron I am basically donating to baby rather than giving blood, and a small amount of iron in a prenatal supplement won't hurt. So, we went with Blackmores Pregnancy Gold as it only contains 5mg iron compared with Elevit's 60mg.

    This pregnancy I've done the same and just had my iron re-checked and have low stores because baby has taken so much! My haemoglobin is still good though, so considering the haemochromatosis, good haemoglobin and that I'm in the third trimester my OB is happy for it to run a little on the low side.

    So in short, Blackmore's didn't send my iron out of control, baby stole enough to keep everything in check

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    Thanks so much for that info @GM01 !

    I'm not pregnant yet, we're not supposed to get pregnant for the next 3 months while they try and bring my iron stores down and sort out a problem with my thyroid antibodies (which may be being caused by my high iron stores anyway!) so I was considering taking something for pre-conception. Maybe I can switch over to an iron containing one once I am pregnant though?


 

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