Post # 1
My midwife forgot to do my bloods at 28 weeks (and didn’t do them at 24 either because my initial 12-week ones came back normal), so when my results came back today with my iron being low enough for the lab tech to tell me to start taking iron ASAP, I felt a little concerned… The level is 9.2, so I guess that classes me as moderately anemic? It just frustrates me because I told them I’ve got a history of anemia anyway, and despite being pregnant with twins, they wouldn’t even take a blood sample to check at 24 weeks and then forgot at 28–i’m now 31 weeks along, so who knows how long my levels have been low.
Essentially, I’m wondering what sort of knock-on this might have for the babies, particularly as this could have been going on for quite some time. Nothing to be concerned about, or is there cause for worry?
Post # 3
Sorry, wrong board. Can this be moved to pregnancy?
Post # 4
I don’t know the effects, but my midwife said it’s very normal for women’s iron levels to drop as they get further into pregnancy because the baby is taking it out of your system, so it’s likely that it wasn’t always that low.
I’m interested to hear from medical bees.
Post # 5
Just a med student but let me give a shot at this –
heir little blood cells have hemoglobin F (as opposed to the normal hemoglobin A found in most adults). Hemoglobin is the oxygen carrying molecule in red blood cells and its made of iron (and other things). Hemoglobin F has significantly higher affinity for oxygen, so they’ll literally steal the oxygen right off your red blood cells!
alot of women become anemic during pregnancy not because they are sharing blood, but because their blood volume increases so significantly, and the current supply of iron just cant keep up.
my main concern with iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy would thus be with the mommy. Just make sure your feeling good.
again just a student, so dont take my word for it, but from what Ive learned, it shouldnt affect the babies too much.
Post # 6
@UK Bride: Since iron supplements are not always very well absorbed, I would also start cooking in a cast iron pan. You can get a lot of iron from that!
Meat proteins and Vit C help increase nonheme iron and where as whole grains and beans can decrease absorbtion. So take that pill with a glass of OJ and eggs instead of a bowl of oatmeal.
Post # 7
@UK Bride: I’m severely anemic, like, way below the scale of normal anemic. I have been with each of my pregnancies. I supplement with several pill supplements and one liquid supplement a day and have for months without much improvement. I had a transfusion after my first daughter because of it. Also, yes, take your iron with orange juice. If you take other supplements/meds, make sure they aren’t limiting the absorption of iron (one of my meds were, so I had to take them at different times of the day).
From what my OBs have always told me, and what PP mentioned, the problem is basically with the mother, not the baby. Exhaustion is my really only major side effect from it.
Post # 8
@UK Bride: I was told at my last appointment that I was anemic, as well. They just told me to start taking a daily supplement with a glass of OJ. The doctor said it wasn’t anything to worry about. I’m sure your baby girls are doing just fine!