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#1 paddyboo

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

So we are back TTC #2 so I am on my prenatal vitamins. Elevit has once again made me constipated because of the high iron so I am looking at other options. Swisse have one with low iron and high folic acid but they are huge so of course I choked on the first one. I am wondering if it would work to mix up some biscuit dough, cut the tablets open and mix each tablet contents into 1 biscuit then bake them....would they still contain the nutrient values or would cooking them change it? I know it's a bizarre question, just wanted to hear some thoughts.
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#2 Missy Shelby

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

OP I have no idea if the nutrient value would stay the same but I like your thinking with the cookies, a bit of a spin on the hash cookie!! biggrin.gif

#3 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

I think if you are going to go to the effort of cooking something special, cook something special with high iron and folate ingredients.

#4 FomoJnr

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

I like your thinking OP!
However, like most nutrient rich foods, I would think the best parts would be destroyed, or somewhat lessened in their nutrient value, if cooked at high heat.

#5 happygurl06

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

What about open it up and mix it with a tbs chocolate syrup and quickly swallow it down.  I do that with DD's antibiotics when she needs them.

#6 PatG

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

I don't think baking is the way to go.  Unless you have a poor diet then you probably get most of the important vitamins via your usual food intake.  The exception is folate which many women don't consume the recommended amount of.  So perhaps look at getting the supplements you need as separate tablets. The individual folate ones are quite small.

#7 *-*

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

If you can cut it, why not just cut it to smaller sizes?

I suspect the heat from the oven wouldn't have a desireable effect on the composition.


#8 Feral_Pooks

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:41 PM

Just take folate tablets and eat well.

#9 shellsparkles

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:41 PM

Baking will destroy the nutrient content of the vitamins.

Just out of curiosity - why are you taking high level folate? Did your Dr recommend it?
The guidelines are 400 ug/day unless you have type 1 diabetes or previous birth with NTD.

I haven't got a look round all the supplements in Australia yet but surely you can get a liquid formulation?

About the iron - if you are taking anything with additional iron you are going to need lots more fibre- unless your GP says you are deficient i would stay clear



#10 Diana_Barry

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

I have no idea about the baking question, but folate levels so important I wouldn't risk it. I think Elevit is a massive rip off though and multivitamins invariably make me nauseous, so When I was TTC I took a folate only supplement & got my iron & vit D levels checked. Since the time I was pregnant, they've added iodine to the list of things you should ensure you're getting enough of, so that would be something else to consider I guess.

Edited by Diana_Barry, 23 February 2013 - 12:47 PM.


#11 paddyboo

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

Thanks guys, I thought as much. When I say "high level", I mean 500"whatever the unit is", a lot of them just have 250. I might try the mixing it with custard or something. I would just take the folic acid but I don't know what of the others I need, the only thing I know I don't need is iron (I am not deficient).
Thanks for the thoughts guys!
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#12 paddyboo

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:49 PM

Or I could just try treating the constipation that elevit causes, maybe just take Metamucil every day...

#13 shellsparkles

Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:53 PM

500 isn't high its just over the recommended original.gif - just looking at mine now and i suppose they are quite big.

You can pick up multivitamins which are small and don't have iron (or you def could in Ireland and they went too expensive).  I think they should be labelled just as multivitamins, the ones with iron should have multivitamins and minerals on them.  If i am in town today i will try have a look for you original.gif

#14 bubmakes3

Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

I agree - the Swisse ones are huge! I have to gulp down a whole glass of liquid to finally get one down! Normally I have issue taking tablets. No idea re the baking though. Maybe just practice taking the big ones!

#15 Lori-SBB

Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:17 AM

You should never cut up any medication unless it has the score marks in it... Medications are made specifically to go through your system in a certain way and cutting them up can prevent that from happening defeating the purpose of taking them in the first place...



#16 Tired Feral too

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:06 AM

I generally don't take vitamins as they give me constipation. However in pregnancy I take Fabfol and they have been great. Apparently the iron is in a slightly different form so does not cause constipation unless I forget to drink enough water and eat enough fibrous foods. So perhaps you could also try this brand to see how they work for you.

#17 sazbah

Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:00 AM

Ooooh, I nearly bought the Swisse ones yesterday! I'm so glad I didn't, now--I struggle swallowing Panadol, let alone a mini-blimp of a multi-V. (hehe, I'm glad I read the ingredients--I'm vegetarian, and didn't want to take them because of the fish oil!)

Mmm, I'd be with the others, that you could alter the vitamin content. But. Maybe you could take them with a spoonful of honey, or jam? My stepmother used to crush up panadol in a spoonful of raspberry jam which made it a lot easier to stomach (or mouth/throat as it were Tounge1.gif). Follow with a BIG glass of water to get rid of any taste? It'd also be a lot quicker than cookies original.gif

Edit: Oooh, Lori-SBB makes a VERY good point :/

Edited by sazbah, 08 March 2013 - 09:01 AM.


#18 nouseforaname

Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:25 AM

Try FABFOL, they're  great , I've used them in all four pregnancies after my mw recommended them for my low iron issues. The iron is a type more absorbable by the body and  causes less constipation.

You may have to get your pharmacist to order them in though. Our pharmacy only stocks Elevit, which made me all the more determined not to take them. :o

#19 Bluenomi

Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

QUOTE (Pooks_fembo @ 23/02/2013, 01:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just take folate tablets and eat well.


This. That's what I'm doing. I found once I was prengant the morning sickness meant I couldn't swallow the huge tablets. Folate tables are tiny and cost about $4 for 100, so much cheaper!

#20 Babby and Roo

Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:54 AM

Yep I agree with some of the PPs. Just eat a healthy balanced diet and take the folate tablets. I got ones that had iodine and folic acid - Blackmores I think, part of their pregnancy range. They are tiny.

My iron did get low later in pregnancy so I took the spa tone liquid supplements which brought it back up. No consitpation as its a more easily digested form.

But since you are not iron deficient anyway, you don't need to worry about it!

If you are eating well there is no reason to take extra supplements (except folic acid obviously because it is known to reduce spinal tube defects).

I actually think all the prenatal vitamins are a bit of a scam. I couldn't keep them down in pregnancy so just took the folate/iodine, liquid iron and omega 3.

#21 Betty_D

Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

The other option is to simply take a normal women's multi-vitamin.

For eg, the Swisse women's multivitamin is much smaller than the pregnancy multivitamin (you need to take two capsules a day) but the dosage of folate is the same as the pregnancy multivitamin.

That way, you get your range of nutrients (including a smallish dose of iodine, iron etc) but in a much smaller capsule.

#22 ~kuddlebug~

Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:12 AM

One of the ranges has just brought out a chewable pregnancy multivitamin - I think it's Natures Own but I might be mistaken.

#23 Lokum

Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

Eat well and take the folate/iodine combo by Blackmores.

If you don't know you're deficient in anything else - probably means you're not. Preg multis are a scam.

#24 elizabethany

Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

If you just need folate, then take something like megafol.  Really cheap, and tiny tablets.

#25 Cyaira

Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

I take the blackmores pregnancy and breastfeeding tablets as they split the iron (and everything else) dose into two - you take two tablets a day instead of one like elevit which gave me digestive issues but these ones don't.

Not sure if they're considered a 'big tablet' or not, they're smaller than elevit and also vanilla flavoured so easy to swallow.

I prefer one multivitamin over taking multiple tablets daily. Folate, iron, iodine, vitamin D, magnesium (for cramps), omega3 etc etc.

I am only human so my diet isn't perfectly nutritionally balanced.


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