I used Spatone in my first pregnancy because my iron levels were low and I didn't fancy taking iron tablets. I didn't really think it would work but my iron levels definitely went up (I was having weekly blood tests). I did also change my diet to include a lot more iron-rich food though so it was probably that instead. I quite liked Spatone though, didn't have any side-effects and found it easy to take so figured it couldn't hurt!
I couldn't take iron tablets at all - they made me feel so ill I was utterly miserable. My midwife thought that spatone was better so I take 2 sachets a day (with orange juice and not within a couple of hours of tea/dairy/carbs - I take it at night) and it is brilliant. I think 2 spatone and 1 tablet might be the answer. It always seems to be in the Boots 3 for 2 vitamin offer by the way.
Sorry to butt in, but I have been feeling really rough the last few weeks, tired, achey and no energy at all. I am currently waiting for the blood tests from my 28 week check. Would anybody mind telling me what the symptoms are for low iron levels? I will start upping my intake before the test results if this seems the likely cause.
I have heard it's very good, but haven't tried it myself.
I had low iron in a previous pregnancy and managed to sort it out with diet alone. Dried Apricots and figs are fairly good sources of iron and easy to eat quite a few of. Black pudding is also really high in iron, but obviously also high in calories/fat too and not sure if you're meant to eat too much of it in pregnancy? Cockles are also really high in iron if you like them?
Drinking orange juice at the time you eat iron rich foods and avoiding anything with too much calcium in for a while after eating them helps too.
Lentil and bacon soup is quite palatable and lentils are also high in iron.
Hi, I took Spatone for a couple of weeks because I'd been monitored due to blacking out. I'm 39 weeks so haven't had any further blood test results to say for sure if it worked, but I can say that I've felt a LOT better since taking it - a bit less tired, less grumpy and less run down. I was told to have three sachets a day. Always drink with orange juice, cos I hated the mild taste of blood when it was in water.
I'm also a huge Floradix liquid fan. Again, it doesn't make you constipated and is more easily absorbed into the blood stream than tablets
i absolutely swear by Spatone! i started taking it prior to getting pg as i was boaderline anaemic....both blood tests since being pg have shown good iron levels so it must be working. do follow their advice and take it with orange juice - you need the vit c to help absorb it. Floradix is also great, i just personally prefer Spatone. do be careful with caffine intake - too much tea in particular will affect your ability to absorb iron.r