How can an expectant mom take vitamins if she’s nauseous with morning sickness?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz discusses ways that women can keep prenatal vitamins down while coping with morning sickness. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How can an expectant mom take vitamins if she’s nauseous with morning sickness?

When their nausea and vomiting are worse, sometimes they are not able to tolerate a regular pre-natal vitamin which can be distressing for new moms who are trying to best they can for their new baby. It adds to the worry when they can’t get that prenatal vitamin down. One of the options we’ve found as an alternative is finding a children’s vitamin, often a chewable one or a gummy vitamin, look at the back and make sure you are getting at least 800 mg of folic acid. Usually taking two children’s vitamins – either chewable or gummy -- is a good temporary substitute until we can get you through that time period when the nausea and vomiting are better and we can get you back to your prescription prenatal vitamin that has the optimal nutrients in it for your pregnancy.


Many women experience morning sickness early in a pregnancy, and that nausea makes it difficult for expectant mothers to keep vitamins down, according to the American Pregnancy AssociationOff Site Icon  (APA). Pregnancy is a time when those nutrients are most needed, so it’s important for women to find ways to take their vitamins, according to the APA.

According to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH), the following are some methods women can use to help them keep prenatal vitamins in their system:

  • Cut your prenatal vitamins in half. Take half in the morning and the other half at night.
  • Take them at night, since the iron they contain may irritate your stomach. At night, you might be able to sleep through this.
  • Take them with a little food, not on an empty stomach.
  • Try several different brands of prenatal vitamins before finding one you can tolerate.

For more information about taking vitamins when you have morning sickness, talk to your doctor.

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