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Boosting iron levels

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HonestOtter Mon 16-Oct-17 16:18:00

I'm 28 weeks and my blood test results have some back that my iron level is low and I'm borderline anemic. I had anemia with my first pregnancy and the tablets they put me on really disagreed with me. Midwife has said for me to try and boost my iron levels naturally but I'm not sure what I can do besides having a Guinness wink

Any tips?

neddle Mon 16-Oct-17 16:24:57

When I needed to boost my iron levels in pregnancy, I got the gp to prescribe me Spatone. It's essentially water with extra iron that's easily absorbed. I used to put it in squash to mask the taste (although it wasn't that bad).
I also ate dried apricots, almonds and a Lindt dark chocolate bar with orange and almond in. I don't normally like dark chocolate, but this one was really nice.

AnUtterIdiot Mon 16-Oct-17 16:35:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lozmatoz Mon 16-Oct-17 17:10:28

You need vitamin C at the same time as iron as it helps your body absorb it. Have uoi tried spatone? it’s much more gentle than the tablets

bakingmad83 Mon 16-Oct-17 20:03:25

Avoiding tea and coffee an hour either side of mealtimes/supplements is also recommended, as they interfere with iron uptake.

This fact sheet from the British Dietetic Association offers lots of suggestions for foods rich in iron too www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/iron_food_fact_sheet.pdf

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