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
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20-10-2014 14:45 #1
Midwife telling me to take Elevit - it's bugging me.
20-10-2014 14:54 #2
I had such severe MS with my last pregnancy I couldn't take anything. I was low on iron so I took FG but that's all. My OB thought pregnancy multivitamins were a waste of money.
20-10-2014 15:06 #3Senior Member
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I think vitamins can be a waste of money if your not getting what you need out of them. If the blackmores ones are helping to keep your levels where they should be, why change? As for iron supplement, try a liquid version. More easily digested into your system and less likely to get constipated :-)
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20-10-2014 15:07 #4
I took folic acid, and then later on in the preg vitamin D and iron supps (iron only every second day to avoid constipation) as I was a bit low in both after blood tests. That's it. I am now taking swisse preg vitamins while bf. I was advised by a dietician, my GP and the midwife to take the multivitamins while bf as that's really when your levels can be quite low.
20-10-2014 15:09 #5
I didn't take anything, as I didn't find out I was preg either time till after 7 weeks.
I asked the midwife at an appt and she said that the Special K I was having is basically a multivitamin anyway. I was eating healthily and didn't feel the need to add extra.
Try not to feel pressured, just do the "smile and nod" - the action I've learnt to respond to any unwanted pregnancy and parenting advice over the past 6 years
20-10-2014 15:10 #6Member
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I don't understand why they are pushing you to take so much iron if your levels are not low. I got massively constipated on blackmores at the beginning of my pregnancy and the OB told me to just take folic acid and we would add other supplements if required later.
I think you should go with what you feel is right for you and bub.
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20-10-2014 15:21 #7
Meh I wouldn't pay attention. I'm a midwife and TTC and I'm taking Swisse brand. I can't justify the expense. All the vitamins are pretty much the same. They've just got varying doses of things in them. If you find you get constipated with iron supplements, try liquid iron. The liquid iron has less of a constipating effect than the tablets. Also make sure you take it with vitamin C as it helps with absorption.
When it comes to postnatal, we recommend that you continue taking the supplements to help with recovery. Iron supplements are particularly important if your blood loss was significant. Another alternative is placenta encapsulation - helps improve your iron levels, milk supply and energy levels to name a few
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20-10-2014 15:27 #8Senior Member
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I took folate and iodine supplement only with my last 2 pregnancies, it is a blackmores one, really cheap about $5 for 3 months supply, I think.
I tried to take elevit with my first pregnancy but made me really constipated.
I didn't have any problems with my Haemoglobin levels (didn't have iron levels measured) with either pregnancy.
I have a good diet and eat plenty of meat.
Seems weird that a midwife would be pushing a particular brand.
If you're worried about vitamin d levels, about half an hour out in the sun in the middle of the day each day should sort that out.
20-10-2014 15:34 #9
Vitamins are great if you are lacking specific ones but it is true in the last trimester your body needs a lot more iron than before so even though your levels are fine you will need an extra boost coming up to your due date - the only vitamin I was lacking in was vitamin D so that was the only supplement I was taking (going out in the sun will not increase vitamin D to the levels you will need before baby comes but it will help!) but my naturopath had me take floridex liquid iron from about 28 weeks as a top up
20-10-2014 17:55 #10
My only advice is to take Benefibre daily if your using iron supplements, it will help with the constipation factor.
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