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posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Not been through this but hope things work out! Prayers for you and LO

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Easier said than done, I know, but try not to worry! My best friend’s iron levels were so low during her most recent pregnancy that they were barely nonexistent… So she started on pills first, but then when she needed an extra boost her doctor administered shots during her last trimester. Now she has a 9-month-old little boy who is perfectly healthy and just the cutest little thing! He wasn’t a preemie, and he was a solid weight (8 lbs on the dot, I believe) when he was born. Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@r_hink:  Hi, Im not pregnant, Im actually still trying.  However, when I went last year for bloodwork to prepare for my TTC journey my iron was extremely low and my doctor mentioned that this can harm my pregnancy, if i were to be pregnant.  I suggest that you eat a lot of liver-it isnt pleasant at all, especially if you never had it, but its a really good source of iron.  Also, spinach has a lot too.  I went back to my MD 2 months after that bloodwork and she was amazed with how high my iron levels were.  Wish you all the best, dear ;))))

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had SUPER low iron with DS… had to take iron pills on top of prenatals also… he measured small at his last U/S (34 weeks i think)… and he fooled all the doctors and mommy when he come out 8lbs 10oz!

With this pregnancy, my iron came back low also. I take 325mg of iron on top of my prenantals… eat iron rich foods and pray for the best. Thats all you can do! My doctors is actually worried about this baby being TOO big. 

Don’t stress honey!! Baby will be fine!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The baby will be totally okay! I had very low iron throughout my pregnancy and had to take an iron supplement on top of my prenatal vitamins. All along the baby has been measuring right on track and I am currently 2 days overdue – the dr is already planning my induction because baby doesn’t want to come out!  She is also estimated to be about 8.5 pounds. Low iron is very common and usually not a big deal. 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@r_hink:  I would recommend getting a cast iron pan and cooking everything you can in that. 

 

Cast iron pans leach iron into your food so even if you are sauteeing onions, youll get iron. A friend of mine is a vegan and when she was pregnant cooked everything in a cast iron and her doc was shocked that her iron was better than meat eaters!

 

Also, eat any iron rich foods with citrus (like lemon) because ths helps absorbtion. Just because you have a pile of spinach, doesnt mean you will get a lot of iron from it. Non-heme iron sources (like spinach) are tougher to absorb.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely eat plenty of red meat. I’ve been craving it my whole pregnancy and I’m only borderline anemic. Also, dark green leafy vegetables. That’s what my doctor recommended.

Here’s a nice list of iron rich foods:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/health-and-wellness/iron-rich-foods

Drinking OJ with your iron supplements is a good idea; vitamin C helps the iron to be absorbed more easily.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have low iron levels, too. My doctor started me on an iron supplement, but it didn’t work, so I switched to some heavier-duty pills (I guess she was holding out on those becayse she didn’t want me to deal with constipation, but luckily that hasn’t been a prob!). Anyway, I take a big iron pill plus prenatals every day, and everything seems to be fine now… my uterus is measuring about 2 weeks behind — I’m not sure if that’s a result of the anemia or what. 

Anyway, it sounds like you are in good hands, and your doctor is doing all the right things. Anemia is definitely treatable, and if one method isn;t working for you, they’ll find another. Good luck with the appointment!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I recently had to start taking iron supplements, and my doctor gave a few recommendations. First was to take it with something high in vitamin C (orange or apple juice for example) as PP suggested. Second was to avoid dairy products for a couple hours after taking it as calcium can interfere with iron absorption.

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