Vitamins provide nutritional insurance for all women, but vitamin supplements are especially important for women of childbearing age: the presence of adequate levels of certain vitamins at conception is crucial for proper fetal development. Unfortunately, many women, especially pregnant women who already have sensitive stomachs, find that vitamins cause stomach upset. The culprit is likely to be iron; supplemental iron can cause stomach upset, constipation, dark stools and heartburn. While taking vitamins with food or milk or taking them at a different time of day can help, sometimes a different vitamin is required.
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Super Nutrition Simply One Prenatal
These prenatal vitamins are citrus and vanilla flavored cellulose tablets. The iron contained in these vitamins is “pre-coated” to minimize interaction with other nutrients such as vitamin E. It is a hypoallergenic product, containing no additives or ingredients that are common allergens such as yeast, wheat, gluten or dairy. The tablets are designed to dissolve in the stomach in 15 to 30 minutes for easy digestibility and less stomach upset.
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These vitamins are designed to meet the nutritional needs of non-pregnant women while being easy on the stomach. They contain a number of herbs including ginger, traditionally used to settle the stomach. This product contains soy.
Solgar Gentle Iron
This product is designed for women who need additional iron in a form less likely to cause upset to sensitive stomachs. This iron supplement contains iron bisglycinate, a chelated iron that is designed to minimize both stomach upset and constipation, common side-effects. This product is free of most common allergens including yeast, soy, wheat and dairy.
Rainbow Light Just Once Iron-Free, Safe Guard Multivitamin is a natural multivitamin product that contains no iron; this makes it an effective product for postmenopausal women or women who do not need or cannot tolerate supplemental iron. The product is free of most common allergens including wheat, gluten, yeast and lactose. This vitamin is also safe for women taking anticoagulants, thyroid medications, sulfa medications or who are taking medications for or have survived cancer. It is designed to be gentle to the stomach. Rainbow Light Just Once, Food Based Calcium is a product for women who need supplemental calcium but have problems digesting some supplements; this product contains herbs that help improve calcium digestion and absorption.