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A healthcare provider may prescribe NataChew to a pregnant woman to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. NataChew is a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid, an important nutrient that can prevent certain birth defects (such as spina bifida). Unlike most prenatal vitamins, NataChew comes in the form of a chewable tablet. Possible side effects of the vitamins may include constipation, nausea, and diarrhea.
What Is NataChew?NataChew® is a prescription prenatal vitamin. Unlike most prenatal vitamins, NataChew tablets are chewable, which is helpful for women who have trouble swallowing tablets. Many women also report that chewable prenatal vitamins may be easier to stomach than other prenatal vitamins, especially for women with morning sickness. NataChew tablets are wildberry flavored.
(Click NataChew Uses for more information on what NataChew is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
How Does NataChew Work?NataChew prenatal vitamins contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy pregnancy. Probably most importantly, these prenatal vitamins contain folic acid (1 mg per day), an important nutrient that can prevent certain birth defects (such as spina bifida). They also contain iron and a variety of other vitamins.
When and How to Take NataChewSome general considerations for when and how to take NataChew include the following:
- NataChew comes in the form of a chewable tablet. It is taken by mouth once daily.
- It does not matter what time of day you take NataChew prenatal vitamins. If they seem to make your morning sickness worse, try taking them later in the day.
- NataChew can be taken with food or on an empty stomach. The iron in NataChew may be better absorbed on an empty stomach, but most women find that taking prenatal vitamins with a little food usually helps with stomach upset.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you have trouble keeping NataChew down or if it causes significant nausea. Your healthcare provider may have some useful suggestions or may recommend a different prenatal vitamin.
- For the prenatal vitamins to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed. NataChew will not work if you stop taking it.