Thursday, June 28, 2012
Every day I take a prenatal vitamin. I am not pregnant, but my general doctor suggested to keep taking them for awhile. I saw him for general exhaustion as well as some other physical and mental complaints almost a year ago and he did extensive blood testing. Everything was in the "normal range," so he concluded that I was just an exhausted mom.
Yeah, he's right in many ways. I have been pregnant and/or nursing for the last 10 years (am still nursing). My body is drained. I think an obvious help to this situation would be for me to stop nursing, right?! My son has oral aversion, and while he's making progress, letting him continue to nurse feels like the right thing to do for his nutrition and to keep the progress comfortable and slow for him.
So, back to the vitamins. I take one every morning and I swear I feel different for several hours after taking it. And then...by about 4 or 5 hours after taking it I feel yucky again. I'm not sure if just tiredness is the right description. I don't know how to describe it.
Yes. The thought has crossed my mind that this is the "placebo affect" and all in my head. But on the chance it is not, I'm really curious what it is my body needs more of that it is getting a little of in that prenatal vitamin. Figuring that out will be no easy task because they are chalk full of LOTS of little vitamins and minerals. How in the world would I know? I do know it wouldn't be safe to just take more of the prenatal vitamin, because I may get too much of something else.
As a side note, I also drink a green smoothie almost every day, and while they have some great benefits, I don't notice the same effect as I do after the prenatal vitamin.
I guess this may be a question for the doctor (who wasn't super helpful to begin with), but I thought I'd also take a chance on asking my internet peeps if any of you have advice or insight you could share with me on the subject.
Thanks in advance!