(Closed) Anemia before pregnancy?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

I went in for my pre-TTC appt and they told me not only was I anemic but I was also folic acid deficient (it’s a damn good thing we werent already preggers). So I was put on high doses of both and after my levels stablized (about three months later) we started TTC. I’m still anemic during my pregnancy, and I just take an iron pill and try to eat iron rich foods. There’s really nothing you can do to fully prevent pregnancy related anemia- it’s very very common. Just try to eat the best you can, take an iron supplement with orange juice to increase absorption, and follow up if you’re not feeling well.

Good luck!

Post # 4
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i too just found out that i’m anemic and i took will have to start OTC iron supplements. it’s a good thing you’re on prenatals though – they’ll certainly help. 

my advice {and the advice i was given by my doctor} is to not TTC until my levels are all within normal range. i know it’s hard to be patient when you want to TTC, but i want to be in the best of health so that my baby will be growing in a healthy body. obviously it depends on how low your levels were, but just an FYI – my doctor told me it would be about 2-3 months time before the iron supplements/prenatals brought my levels up to normal, and mine were quite low.

good luck!

Post # 5
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Yep I was anemic before pregnancy and all i did was eat a whole lot of beans and took iron supplements, luckily the anemia cleared before I got pregnant but now that I am pregnant I am once again anemic. I am once again taking iron in addition to my prenatals.

Try and eat a lot of greens and just make sure you are also increasing your fiber intake because iron = constipation!

Post # 7
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m concerned about my iron as well (it’s very low), we won’t be TTC for a couple years but just out of good health my doctor said I should start Prenatal vitamins now.  I noticed the ones I bought didn’t have any iron in them.  Has anyone of you had luck with an iron pill that doesn’t create stomach upset or an ill feeling?  I tried the prescription she gave me, I got really sick.  She said to take OTC, but I’m not sure which brand to chose.

Any recommendations?

I wanted to add that cooking in a cast iron pot helps iron as well!  It’s funny because I’ve always had low iron.  I stopped eating meat 1 1/2 years ago and my iron went up because I’m very thoughtful and concious of what I am eating now and my iron has gone up on it’s own.  But I need to increase it a lot more, so I need to find a OTC iron that isn’t harsh on the stomach.

General note: If you take thyroid hormones, DO NOT take them within 4 hours of your thyroid meds, it will cancel out the hormones.

Post # 8
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m surprised that if you are already anemic she does not have you on iron supplements already.

My blood work came back and my hemoglobin was low but I was not quite anemic yet. My doc immediately put me on 325mg of iron supplement daily. I had already previously taken prenatal 1 year prior to TTC + 9 months of TTC.

I eat ALOT of dark leafy greens (most asian vegetables are dark leafy greens) and I just think if you are already anemic it still won’t be enough. Def still eat it but it’s not going to cover the amount you’re lacking.

Post # 11
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


Good call, if you’re already anemic, can’t hurt right?

I just got a generic Walgreens brand that at 325 was actually labeled ferrous sulfate? I take it every morning with my prenatal after breakfast. Doesn’t seem to affect me?

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