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Seriously need to increase my iron levels .... please come and give me some diet advice
Am 23 weeks pg. I normally take spa tone once daily as I have chronically low hb, which normally rests at about 10.5.
At my booking bloods it was 10.7, and I increased my spa tone to twice daily but was admitted to a&e two weeks ago from midwife when they found that my exhaustion/breathlessness and palpatations were due to my hb levels dropping to 9.4.
I was started on ferrous fumerate twice a day but midwife told me to take just one and continue with 2 spa tone as was already constipated.
I ended up back at the doctors yesterday, totally exhausted, had not dressed all weekend, slept 9-10 hours a night and still tired. Hb levels after 2 weeks of tablets and spa tone are now 9.3!
So have increased iron tablets, given up the spa tone, but really want to try and improve dietary wise also. BTW I dont eat red meat, but anything else is good TIA
Also had low iron count when pg, but nowhere near as poorly as you. I don't eat meat but I think you can still improve your iron levels through diet. Iron rich foods include the usual leafy green veg as well as Cereals fortified with iron, dried apricots,
Also Vit C encourages iron absorption into your body so drink fresh orange with meals and I ate loads of high Vit C fruit.
I think that this helped in the early days but towards the end my doctor put me on iron tablets.
Streelight, tis always low, always has been ever since the age of about 14. The spatone clearly isnt working in pregnancy for me, although usually keeps me ticking over quite nicely. I have been taking the spa tone and the iron tablets with OJ. What high vit c fruit can I have, Im not fussed on oranges or satsuma type things. I can do cabbage and brocolli as I love both. Any decent cabbage/brocolli food ideas though?
I am quite like you; I had to maintain my iron levels up around 10/11 in my last pg because of high PPH risk. I took max dose iron tablets daily and managed not to miss any - did the trick but it was a mega loads. I did all the right eating things too (would you consider red meat for the duration?) and ate even more fruit/veg than usual to counteract the constipation issue with success. I don't store iron so makes the whole thing a bit tricky.
I dont eat red meat because I dont like the smell, or taste or texture of it, its not a veggie thing, I just dont like it. I do eat chicken and turkey and pork though. Just beef and lamb I cant stomach in any shape or form (steak/mince/chops etc bleurgh)