Prenatals, Birth Control and Breastfeeding

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  1. samisshort

    samisshort Mama to 2 boys

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    I have been taking gummy vitamins since about 10 weeks of pregnancy. (around the time I found out) And recently about 2-3 weeks ago when I had my WIC appointment, he checked my blood and told me my iron was a little low. So at my appointment last week, I told my doctor about it so he prescribed a different prenatal vitamin for me. Se-natal 19 oral tablets. It has iron in it which is what I need.

    I've had my first one tonight, and it was perfect. I didn't get nauseous or anything. Just have to eat a small meal with it, and a glass of water.

    So, I have a question.... Can I still take these while I'm breastfeeding? I plan to BF when Alex is born, so I don't really know if I can take them still. I should have asked my doctor, but I just wanted to see if these worked good for me and my body.

    Also, can I take birth control pills after Alex is born? I don't know if the birth control is bad for breast milk....

    Can I even take birth control pills with prenatal vitamins at the same time? :dohh: Kind of silly, but I just don't feel like waiting 3 weeks to ask my doctor.
     
  2. KiwiMOM

    KiwiMOM Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard anything about not being able to use birth control while taking prenatals, they're just vitamins aren't they? :shrug:
     
  3. samisshort

    samisshort Mama to 2 boys

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    Yes they're just vitamins, I just think I'm not thinking properly at the moment because well, these vitamins are new to me and it's also almost 3 in the morning for me :haha: I think I'm going to bed!!
     
  4. jemmie1994

    jemmie1994 Evie's Mummy <3

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    cant think why you wouldnt be able to use them it should be fine :)
     
  5. beanzz

    beanzz Mama to 2

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    You should be ok :flower: Loads of girls go back on BC when they breastfeed, I think someone would of said by now if it could affect it in any way

    Also LOVING your siggy! :thumbup:
     
  6. samisshort

    samisshort Mama to 2 boys

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    Thank you :cloud9: He's my little monkey boy, lol
     
  7. x__amour

    x__amour Mommy.

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    Yes! :D

    You will need to talk to your doctor about which birth control pill works best though as some do affect your breast milk!
     
  8. we can't wait

    we can't wait Mom of 4

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    Yes. Most prenatals are recommended for before, during, and after pregnancy.

    Regarding birth control, yes, you can take it while BFing. Your doctor will probably put you on the mini pill if you want to take something orally. I'm not sure if you are considering other BC methods. If so, you can talk about your options with your doctor in a few weeks. :D
     
  9. KiwiMOM

    KiwiMOM Well-Known Member

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    wow... I mentioned to my OH that it is hard to get pregnant while exclusively breastfeeding and so I'll probably go in after the babies born to ask what they recommend (NZ is awful with giving advice before the fact.. I went in to ask about financial assistance after I stopped being a student so I could keep paying rent and they told me to come back once I'd stopped getting money ..thanks!) and he goes "hey maybe we can try this birth control method where we don't have sex when you're fertile, you won't get pregnant" (this is what we were doing when I got pregnant.. he was uber sarcastic about it) :dohh:
     
  10. amygwen

    amygwen Mom to Kenny & Gwendoline

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    Yes, they actually advise you continue to take prenatal vitamins while you breastfeed. Since it'll still go through to your LO through your breastmilk. Also, you can take birth control, there's a lot of different options for BFing mothers, like the minipill, IUD, shot, etc. You just need to speak to your dr about it! And yes you can take prenatals and birth control at the same time, nothing wrong with it!
     
  11. munchkinkidd

    munchkinkidd Alekzander Elias-1.21.12

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    Lol! That's what my cousin calls my Zander too! XD This is just getting scary.
    Are you doing him a safari theme for his nursery or bedding or whatever?
     
  12. samisshort

    samisshort Mama to 2 boys

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    Yes I am! I've already got the stuff ready to order. It's really cute! It's green/brown :flower: I'll attach the pics of what I'm getting. This is what I'm deciding on for now since this is all they have, that's why I'm not ordering until February (when my baby shower is) So just in case anything cuter comes in lol
     

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  13. munchkinkidd

    munchkinkidd Alekzander Elias-1.21.12

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    I looked at that set! XD I'm doing Zander's stuff in Lion King. :) He recognizes the songs when I play them now! I sing them to him constantly. And Puff The Magic Dragon. :thumbup:
     
  14. samisshort

    samisshort Mama to 2 boys

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    Awh how cute! :thumbup: I would sing to my little boy but I'm seriously scared he won't like my voice then, lol :haha:
     
  15. munchkinkidd

    munchkinkidd Alekzander Elias-1.21.12

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    SING TO HIMMMMMMMMMMMM! He'll recognize your voice above others if you do. :) And if you play/sing certain songs more than others, he may be like Zander and recognize them and "dance!"
     
  16. Whitbit22

    Whitbit22 Proud Mommy

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    I was wondering this and I looked at a lactation supplement at the store and it only had 9 mg of iron in it. I looked it up and I have read several places you actually need less iron. Here's something from storknet on it, but I'd definitely ask your doc.

    Nutrition Tips for Lactating Moms
    Nutrient needs for lactation are similar to pregnancy needs except the need for iron is much less. Lactating women usually don't menstruate so their need for iron is even less than that of a non-pregnant woman that is having regular menstrual cycles. The pregnancy diet guide is a good place to start for helping with basic food selections.
    https://www.storknet.com/ip/reproductive_years/delivery/breastfeeding.html
     

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