(Closed) anemia in later pregnancy?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@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
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Don’t worry! It’s super common and not serious at all:)

Post # 8
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m 32 weeks and just found out that mine was. 

Post # 10
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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. 

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