Post # 1
Anyone get told they had low iron in later pregancy? I got my bloodwork results from 26 weeks and was told i had low iron..i didnt ask for the level, but im assumming that it wasnt THAT low because they didnt prescribe a prescription iron supplement instead they just gave me a specific name of an over the counter iron pill to take… i start taking it tonight.
so is this a big deal? when talking to hte nurse, she made it seem like its pretty common and nothing to worry about…but im a worrier …..
Post # 3
@stargal34: Ive never been through this but from my research I’ve gathered that it is very common to develope amenia in 2nd or 3rd trimesters and while b/f even f you weren’t anemic during pregnancy. I think the overall consensus is that if you’re not craving “non-foods” like dirt, clay..paper then you’re OK. And obviously if it is making you dizzy and you pass out or feel like you will then it is dangerous. Other than those symptoms, it seems like something many many pregnant women deal with. From what I know, iron supplements like the ones your nurse told you about should do the trick:)
*oh and from what i’ve reaD: if you’re getting too much iron, you can get very very constipated & have trouble digesting foods. So, maybe that’s why your doc didn’t immediately prescribe extra strength iron tablets?
Good luck with everything!
Post # 4
Don’t fret, iron deficiency is incredibly common during pregnancy and easily sorted with Iron supplements. They’ll probably follow you up, to make sure you are actually absorbing and utilising the extra iron but I wouldn’t worry about a thing.
Post # 5
Iron supplements are about 65 mg which is 360% the daily “recommended” value. So because they are such a high percentage there is no reason to have a prescription one.
It’s really not a big deal, they just want you to have good iron levels and it will boost your energy. You should take it with some orange juice (or an actual orange) or with a vitamin c booster. Iron is absorbed much better in the presence of vitamin C, so that will help you as well :).
Just a note- if you are also taking calcium, the iron needs to be separate by several hours.
Post # 6
Don’t worry! It’s super common and not serious at all:)
Post # 7
thanks ladies! you all made me feel alot better about it good to know its nothing to really worry about.
Post # 8
My iron was just barely low at 12 weeks. (It was supposed to be 35 and it was 34, or something like that.) They weren’t concerned about the level at that point, but told me to take an OTC supplement because as pregnancy progresses, iron levels can drop. So you could have had adequate iron before that just happened to drop a little bit.
Post # 9
I’m 32 weeks and just found out that mine was.
Post # 10
Very common. My doc told me this today at 28 weeks. I asked around 22-24 weeks if I should take an iron supplement, and my doc said not to take anything until they check it at 28 weeks. She said that is when they will recommend iron supplements if you need it, and that there is plenty of time for the rest of your pregnancy to make sure you are getting enough iron. It has something to do with the body/blood/chemistry change right around this time that your body needs a little more iron.
My doc told me the same thing– over the counter iron (slow fe) supplment. She did say for me to take it at the opposite time of taking my prenatal. So if I take my pretnatal at night, I should take the iron supplement in the morning.