Post # 1
Well my OB’s office called me yesterday with my glucose test results. I don’t have gestational diabetes which is great, but they did find that I developed anemia; so I’ll have to take iron supplements… It does explain why I almost faited twice last week…
Anyone else? How did you react to iron? I’m scared to be even more constipated than I already am!
Post # 3
Yeah, I was told to take extra iron (they suggested the Slow Fe kind) throughout my whole pregnancy.
I just also upped my intake of fiber and stool softeners. Still got constipated and hemorrhoids. Ugh. Definitely suggest going to town on the fiber.
Post # 4
i’ve never been tested but my mom has it and i have dizzy spells all the time so i wonder if i do to….. Im not pregnant yet but plan on it in the near future and have thought about this a lot – sorry i have nothing to add but i am going to follow this post
Post # 5
@totheislnds: Apparently my level of iron pre-pregnancy and in the beginning of pregnancy were in the “normal” range, but at the lower end. Then when you hit the end of the second trimester, it tends to drop all at once… You should definitely monitor that.
Thanks for the fiber advice – I do not want to end up with hemorroids so I’ll definitely go nuts on fiber…
Post # 6
Cook in a cast iron pan, seriously
The iron leaches into the food (in a good way). I used to be anemic and my levels are now through the roof. I learned this from a vegan friend who was pregnant and her levels were through the roof as well! Her dr was so surprised.
That and spinach with a bit of citrus. The citrus allows the iron to be absorbed, otherwise its actually not really bioavailable in spinach
Post # 7
I’ve always been slightly anemic, but with pregnancy and birth my levels went way down. I’ll ditto lefeymw’s suggestion of dark greens. Also, dried fruit is a great iron-rich snack (but watch out for sugar contents) and eat lots of beans/lentils/etc… Also, fruit has a ton of fiber, and it’s easier for your body to absorb than fiber supplements.
I’ve never heard of cooking with a cast-iron pan, but I’ll have to try that. Interesting suggestion.
ETA: Oh, and of course make sure you’re drinking lots of water. Dehydration can contribute to constipation.
Post # 8
Don’t be scared of the iron supplement. I’ve been really anemic before (pre-pregnancy), and I’m borderline anemic right now. The iron supplements never caused any costipation for me. I never had the metallic taste in my mouth I’ve heard others complain about either.
And as lefeymw mentioned, I’ve heard that iron absorbs better if you take it with vitamin C, so I’ve taken mine with a little glass of orange juice or something else high in vitamin C.