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What side effects can prenatal vitamins cause?

Based on information from iGuard.org, a free medication monitoring service, 15% of patients experience side effects while taking Prenatal Vitamins. Some of the side effects reported by iGuard members include: Abdominal Pain/Cramps, Nausea/Vomiting, and Constipation. Please follow up with your doctor or other healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms that worsen or do not go away.

One side effect of taking prenatal vitamins is that because they contain higher doses of iron than standard multivitamins, they may cause you to feel queasy, which in turn may lead to nausea and vomiting. To calm this reaction, experts recommend dividing the dose and taking a little at a time throughout the day, along with a snack. The larger dose of iron in prenatal vitamins also may trigger diarrhea.

On the other hand, the iron in prenatal vitamins may also bring on constipation. If it has this effect on you, try drinking more water and eating foods high in fiber. You may also want to talk to your health-care provider about taking a stool softener.

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