Post # 1
ive tried posting this on pregnancy boards but have gotten no replies. Long story short, I had my son a few months back and had MANY issues. I had preeclampsia, a forceps delivery and severe anemia. The worst part was finding out I was anemic AFTER I had my son. About an hour after delivery, my blood pressure dropped to 80/60 and I had tachycardia with a resting heart rate of 130-180 bpm. When the nurse asked for me to move from the delivery bed to wheel chair, I almost fainted. I all of a sudden couldn’t hear anything and the whole room was spinning. Shortly after this I ended up getting an EKG and an ultrasound on my heart – all came back clear. The physician managing pregnancy sent me home. I couldn’t stand I was so weak; and once again almost passed out. My husband ended up rushing me to the hospital where I was admitted right away.. partially because after my son was born, I wasn’t prescribed blood pressure medication so my blood pressure shot up. I was told I was lucky I didn’t have a stroke. Anyway, I ended up receiving two units of blood and then sent home. It took months to feel even a little bit better. I just want to know if anyone else has battled anemia, particularly postpartum. And how should I try and prevent this from happening again. I’m honestly terrified to have another baby :(….
Post # 2
I don’t have experience with postpartum anemia, but I do have experience with gestational and post partum hypertension. I would definitely suggest looking into switching doctors. These are concerns that a doctor should be able to confidently address, and it doesn’t seem like yours is all that concerned or informative. I am pregnant with my second, and my blood pressure is perfect, but my doctor was already talking preventative measures at my 8 week appointment, and though I’m not considered high risk, they are taking my history very seriously, which helps put me at ease.
Post # 3
I was anemic in my pregnancy and post partum. I lost 1.5L of blood while getting a cervical suture out week 36 and this made it much worse, too. I got blood transfusions, an iron infusion and am now taking tablets. I spent a lot of time feeling very weak and awful. Luckily things are better now.
Like PP I would suggest switching docs or getting another opinion. I’m so sorry you’ve had such an awful and terrifying experience!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2007 - City, State
Me. I have been battling it for years since my first baby was born. I am now on top of it after my 4th baby. Get these two products and take 2 of each in the morning and evening, with food. That’s 8 pills a day. Yes you need that much.
MegaFood, Blood Builder, Daily Iron Supplement and Multivitamin, Supports Energy and Red Blood Cell Production Without Nausea or Constipation, Gluten-Free, Vegan, 90 tablets (90 servings) (FFP) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZ9H0L2/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_bSIcDb3BJYSZZ
Nature’s Bounty Iron 65 Mg.(325 mg Ferrous Sulfate), 100 Tablets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006QQRY2O/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_qTIcDbTR2JX8H
You need the folate and b12 and vitamin c for absorption, and the beetroot is naturally high in iron. It’s several different forms. You’ll start to feel better quickly. Don’t reduce your dose unless you know your levels are at least a 14. With postpartum bleeding, plus periods, you will still need a maintenance dose. Things people don’t tell you with anemia: it can cause your bleeding to be much much heavier. Once I get my levels squared away my periods were back to being medium to light. My first period after my last child (she’s 12 weeks now) was so bad and so heavy I had to wear a diaper and not leave the house.
Post # 5
I have chronic anemia and take iron supplements daily. Just stay on the supplements and have your doctor check your levels periodically.
Post # 6
Thank you so much for the advice. I will be picking up these vitamins tomorrow! Did you have an elevated heart rate after delivery with anemia?
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2007 - City, State
I have never had that symptom but my good friend is suffering from that currently. My symptoms were anxiety/ depression/ severe fatigue.
Post # 8
Anemia is a sign of low magnesium and potassium. You might find this information helpful. https://therootcauseprotocol.com/so-youve-just-been-told-youre-anemic-now-what/
And this — https://therootcauseprotocol.com/
I’ve been following this protocol and taking magnesium for a year and a half now. I was having heart palpitations, migraines, terrible cramps during my period, and a host of other health issues, and they have all disappeared from taking magnesium, potassium, sodium, vitamin c, and the other co-factors.
Post # 9
I hemmorhaged after my C/S and thus was anemic postpartum. My numbers bottomed out just above needing a tranfusion so I did not need one. It affected my Bridal Party (a lot lower than yours was) post-delivery but not my heart rate.
My iron levels were on their way back to normal by my 6-week appt and my OB said they would be normal by 3 months after.
What helped was constantly reminding myself (and being reminded by my Darling Husband & family members helping out) that I was going to feel weaker than normal and to take it easy and get lots of rest. It sucked but it was just a brief period of life when you spend lots of time of the sofa gazing at / feeding your newborn or letting them sleep on you so it wasn’t that bad. I do remember feeling super out of breath just doing light housework though.