*gluten and soy free
*smallish... meaning that I can actually swallow them without gagging (seems to be uncommon with iron)
*additional ingredients that aid absorption and overall health
*easy on the stomach. I usually do not fare well with iron during pregnancy and end up sicker. I did not know if my stomach would respond more kindly since my dietary changes so I chose to be cautious.
So... here's what I found...
Floradix Iron Tablets Supplement
The iron content is about 1/3 of the daily recommended dose for pregnant women but that is one reason I liked it. Instead of one huge dose at a time, I figured that I could take 2 to 3 tablets during the course of a day and go easier on my system. My thought was that if I started to have issues, I could cut back on doses and still have some iron coming in. I have not had to cut back yet as I am tolerating it very well.
These are definitely pricier than a Walmart brand but worth it if they work. If vitamins are too stinky, too large, too anything, I end up wasting them because I can't swallow them without negative consequences. I am willing to pay for vitamins I will take rather than throw money after ones that will end up in the trash.
(Also, many people seem to prefer the liquid version of this brand. All I have to say is that I have tried liquid vitamins and I'm pretty sure I couldn't tolerate them right now.)
I am only on my third day of supplementing with iron but have already noticed a significant improvement. I would say a 50% to 60% improvement in overall energy and feeling of wellness.
I have been very happy with the size of the vitamins and find them easy to swallow. I take them with a small amount of orange juice to aid absorption (I read somewhere that this is helpful). They also come in a blister pack which is pretty awesome since I am not overwhelmed by the vitamin smell when opening the box (this is very important for a queasy pregnant gal).
So, there you have it. My two cents on a subject about which I am not particularly knowledgable. But my overall experience has been good and I am extremely happy to report that I have been feeling better as a result! In fact, the results have been so satisfactory that I am going to be adding a couple more supplements to my diet. I have never liked vitamins, believing that a healthy diet will cover all... however, I have been know to be wrong from time to time.