Post # 1
Any ladies taking an iron supplement & if so was it because the doctor told you that you needed it? I was just wondering b/c ever since I hit about 10 weeks ~ meat has not been my friend. I don’t want it, don’t crave it – especially chicken – yuck. This is total opposit for the “normal, non-preggers” me. I am wondering if it is adding to my lack of energy & wondering if I need to take an iron supplement. I’m of course taking my prenatal vitamins, but eating has been so hard for me since 10 weeks. I don’t crave anything & it seems to be a struggle to “plan” any type of meals. Breakfast is THE WORST! Plus I hate to cook 🙁
So wondering if iron is needed or also wondered if Lean Cuisine’s are ok for me to eat…they are easy lunch fix???
Post # 3
i’m not pregnant, but i have low iron. my doctor told me a multivitamin has enough iron in it to make up for whatever i’m not getting. you should have your bloodwork done — that’s the only way to know what your level is.
Post # 4
I think all regular prenatal vitamins have iron in them. Honestly it sounds like normal hormonal changes to me. My first trimester I was soo tired and I stopped wanting meats also. I really only wanted carbs during most of my pregnancy. I got most proteins from eggs, peanut butter, and beans and I also normally love steak, fish, and chicken.
Prolly the worst thing about Lean cuisines is that they are super high in sodium which won’t be good when you get to the point where you are retaining fluids. Other than that they aren’t going to hurt you.
Post # 5
My doctor had me on iron supplements from 20 weeks on becasue my iron was low. I would talk to you doctor. They do monitor it when they take your blood tests, so your doctor will be aware when its too low.
Post # 6
Regarding the iron supplement…I started taking one at the direction of my doctor (over the counter called Slow Fe) around 24 weeks. Most prenatals give you the iron you need, though it is common for your iron levels to drop in the second trimester and a supplement be needed. I wouldn’t take an iron supplement (or any other supplements for that matter in pregnancy) without talking to your doctor first. Vitamin C helps with iron absorbtion, calcium can hinder it…so I take my iron with OJ rather than milk. Prune juice (bleh) and spinach were highly recommended by my doc as good non-meat sources of iron.
As far as Lean Cuisine’s, I think they’re fine to eat, but would be aware of the amount of sodium in the entrees you choose…especially as you get farther along and are more prone to swelling.
Post # 7
I agree with the PPs- if you’re taking your prenatals, don’t worry about extra iron supplementation till your doctor tells you you need it. My iron was low at my 28 week appointment, so like ShellyT I’m now on the over-the-counter Slow Fe.
Honestly, iron can make you constipated, which pregnancy tends to do already, so I wouldn’t go there if you don’t need to!
Post # 8
I made sure my vitamin had iron in it but didn’t take an additional supplement.
They did bloodwork in my first trimester and I was a bit worried too because I’ve been eating mainly vegetarian (though not strictly) but I’ve always had really high iron and it still was high.