My Pill Popping PregnancyHolly Whitney
Taking so many pills was not something I anticipated being a part of my daily routine. Very few probably do. However, the MTHFR diagnosis more than doubled my pill consumption this pregnancy.
2400 mcg of Folic Acid.
I didn’t want to take them all at once so when I found out I needed to take three separate types of pills—totaling five pills per day—I decided to split up when I would take them. Each morning around 11:00 I would take the Folic acid. At 4:00 in the afternoon I would take the DHA supplement. Ten o’clock at night I would choke down the prenatal vitamin. Those were the ones that made me the most nauseous so I thought it would be best to take them at the end of the day. I would be home from work by that point and nearing bedtime which for me decreased the chances that I would have to run to the bathroom and vomit that vitamin right back up.
It was a glorious plan.
I did really well with that schedule for months. Then something happened. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on pregnancy brain. I would just forget to take the Folic acid. Next thing I knew it was late afternoon and I still needed to take that first round of pills. I still didn’t want to mix all my medications together at once so I would push back the DHA supplement until later.
Later became closer to bedtime. Thirty minutes after that I would take the prenatal vitamin.
A few weeks ago I found myself taking all of them within an hour of each other. Taking them during the day just slipped my mind. My schedule no longer existed.
I think that pill organizer set out in a prominent place may have helped. Even if it would make me feel like a little old lady.