I'm a bit annoyed about this actually... I'm on my second pregnancy and my GP said all I needed to take was folic acid, but since I conceived I have been taking Blackmores Preg & BF Gold because it still has all the different vitamins (in lower doses than Elevit but nevertheless) & it also has a low dose of Vitamin D, which I was slightly low in last pregnancy, so I figured it was perfect for me & covered all the bases. Tests so far for Iron have been fine. I also avoided GD this pregnancy, had it last pregnancy. Figured I was doing pretty well.
But last hospital appt I was feeling harrassed by the midwife to switch to Elevit or supplement with at least 80mg of Iron because they say that Blackmores has very low amounts.
Thing is, Elevit is mega expensive! I figured I wasn't going to be duped and spend lots of money this time.
Another reason I'm not that keen on Elevit this time is I took it all through my last pregnancy and I still had low iron after giving birth. The midwife back then told me to take an iron supplement and then I got massively constipated! Sitting down to breastfeed was pure torture and it took away some of my special time with bub, so I'm wary of taking such advice again (even though I now know to watch out for the constipation & avoid it). The funny thing is, the reason that midwife said I should keep my iron levels up is due to energy. She said that being a new mother with a toddler will be hard if I'm that tired, etc. But last pregnancy, when I had low iron levels after the birth, I actually felt really great!
My GP last time also harrassed me for taking Elevit when breastfeeding, because she said it's unnecessary, and people have been proven to actually not live as long if they take vitamins I've only got 6 weeks left, & will need to buy some more vitamins before the pregnancy is over so I don't want to pay a lot for something I don't need either.
Anyhow long story short I bought an additional iron supplement, again Blackmores, but it's less than the midwife's recommended dosage. I'm getting my blood tested at 37 weeks as per the midwife's orders so we will find out if Blackmores has really been all that bad for me, iron-wise.
Now that I've had my rant about midwives and GPs and conflicting advice... would appreciate anyone else's experience with pregnancy multivitamins and iron levels. Thanks