Post # 1
So I am 26 weeks and had my glucose and iron test done yesterday. I have been low in iron throughout the whole pregnancy and was ordered to take 2 iron pills on top of my prenatal daily back in January. So dr’s office called today and said my dr wants me in for an ultrasound to see if baby is measuring small. Apparently having low iron can cause preterm labor, low birth rate among other things.
Has anyone else gone through this? I am a nervous wreck now and my appointment isn’t until Thursday. I don’t know if he will start having me take an iron shot or what will happen.
Post # 3
Not been through this but hope things work out! Prayers for you and LO
Post # 4
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 # 5
@emersynsmommy35: Thank you!
@LoveMikey: I am going to try and relax but you are right, easier said. I am glad your friend made it through ok with no issues. I will have to see what other options he may have for me.
Post # 6
@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
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
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 # 9
Thank you, ladies! I am glad to hear I am not the only one! Dr told me to drink orange juice when I take my pills and also to eat red meat, so I am going to start trying that. I just wanted LO to be healthy and developing correctly. Now I have to wait through 2 more days which is going to be difficult.
Post # 10
@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
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:
Drinking OJ with your iron supplements is a good idea; vitamin C helps the iron to be absorbed more easily.
Post # 12
@ThreeMeers: That’s a great idea!
@iheartnerds: Thanks for the list. My coworker told me about the OJ, so I am definitely going to start that, too!
I just wish my appointment was today and not tomorrow!
Post # 13
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
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.