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Old 06-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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This is my 4th pregnancy. I've never had low iron. I'm wondering if I do this time. I am totally and completely exhausted. I mean, I can barely function. I'm 21wks. This started a couple weeks ago and hasn't let up. I know every pregnancy is different, but this is ridiculous. Hence, me thinking maybe my iron is low this time.

I have an appt next Tuesday and I'm going to ask for a blood test. But, before that, is there anything I can or should do? Should I go ahead and start some OTC iron? What can I eat that has iron in it? I think steak does. Does ground beef? Any veggies?? I'm thinking spinach???

Any BTDT advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I always have to take an iron supplement on top of my prenatals because I am always borderline anemic and I get really anemic during pregnancy. Yes it makes you feel completely drained. For me it gets so bad that I will black out just walking around the grocery store.
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I always have to take an iron supplement on top of my prenatals because I am always borderline anemic and I get really anemic during pregnancy. Yes it makes you feel completely drained. For me it gets so bad that I will black out just walking around the grocery store.
Nothing like that has happened, but that is how I feel. I feel like I could just pass out. It is very frustrating. I have 5 little kids to take care of and I can hardly get dinner made most nights. It did just occur to me that I've been craving beef and earlier in my pregnancy I was craving spinach. Makes sense now! Well, we will see if it makes sense.

I'm a little tempted to call tomorrow and see if I can just go in for a blood test before my appt next week. That way they will already have the results when I get there.

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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First off, congrats on your pregnancy! I didn't know!

As for anemia, yes it makes you feel completely exhausted, light headed, etc. I haven't had problems during pregnancy but am always borderline anemic. I'm usually barely able to give blood and have actually been denied once because my iron wasn't high enough. When I got my period back after nursing DD for 22 months it came back with a vengeance and I was bleeding heavily during my cycle and having a mini period in between. I was feeling horrible and finally connected the dots. An iron supplement worked for me then. You would probably also want to take a stool softener as iron is constipating. The pharmacist also told me to take vitamin c with the iron. I didn't ask why. Maybe helps it absorb better? I don't know but I figured it couldn't hurt. You'd probably want to check with your OB before taking all that though!

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I didn't get my second trimester boost this time until like 24 weeks and now I am fine! So it could be both, but floradix is awesome.
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They can usually just do a finger poke to test iron and gets the results in like a minute. I would go do it and get on something asap. I understand the not being able to care for the kids. I am useless when my iron is low.
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All red meat has iron. So you can go there. I had really low iron levels with the triplets and even had a iron infusion (when I gave birth to them they though I would need an infusion of blood but they were sucking it all out of me and I didn't).

You could also be dehydrated. I got like that when I was dehydrated once.
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Re: Low iron = utter exhaustion??

sweet potatoes really helped with DS's iron levels when he was little
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