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Tiredness in pregnancy borderline iron

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Scruffyhound Thu 04-Nov-10 20:29:38


Is it me being a wimp or do you get tired I mean really tired at some points in the pregnancy? I have had my son and I had dislocated my knee and was going for physio and loads of hospital trips and working was feeling tired then that was 5 yrs ago. This pregnancy seems to be wiping me out Im not even working or have a dislocated knee! Im at nearly 20 weeks now I have an underactive thyroid (which I have had for 10 years now)and had a blood test which came up boerderline for ferritin (iron). This did not happen the last time can this make you that tired? Im taking pregnancy suppliments and iron is in there with it. Also ovaltine is great which also contains vits. I know not to take the Thyroxine at the same time as the iron as iron blocks the thyroxine and can stop it from working so take one am and the other pm. Does anyone else have any of these problems? Any advice would be great. smile

lucybrad Thu 04-Nov-10 21:05:46

you need proper iron tabs from the doc or you need to buy spatone, and drink it with orange juice, no tea for at least 1 hour after taking it. Also have fortified cereals for breakfast. My iron got worse and worse from about your gestation, even though i was taking pronatal vits and iron. The doc gave me some iron tablets that have worked wonders, but i didnt realise that you need to stop drinking tea at the same time as this stops the tablets working.

FourEyesGood Fri 05-Nov-10 11:42:42

I second the Spatone advice! I was really tired at about 30 weeks, so I gave it a go, and although I'm not exactly bouncing with energy (am now 38+5), I'm definitely less exhausted.

Scruffyhound Mon 08-Nov-10 13:00:44

Thanks for the advice. Spatone seems to be the way then? Thanks will give it a try and seeing midwife very soon. Thanks

LisasCat Mon 08-Nov-10 15:54:30

My last pregnancy I was diagnosed low iron levels and was always exhausted, so my doctor prescribed me ferrous sulphate tablets.

This time round, I started on the iron supplements (pregnancy safe ones) before even getting pregnant. It's utterly debilitating once the lethargy kicks in, and it ruins the time you have to prepare for the baby's arrival, so take anything you can now to give yourself a bit of a boost.

Scruffyhound Mon 08-Nov-10 16:15:35

Thanks I thought I was being a wimp!! I do feel really tired and could do with a kip right now but have my DS to entertain after he has come back from school. Im not working which sucks but at the moment feeling like this im glad im not!! Thanks

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