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I never want to take an iron tablet again.

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Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 00:47:54

Sorry for the tmi but I've been sat on the toilet for 35 minutes half way through a poo.

Trip to the doctors tomorrow! I can't take another however many weeks feeling like my arse is being torn open πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚

I honestly think labour will be less painful than this πŸ˜‚

Iwasjustabouttosaythat Mon 11-Dec-17 00:54:43

Are you also taking fibre tablets?

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 00:58:34

No I was just prescribed the iron tablets! It hadn't been too bad until tonight, was eating lots of veg and high fibre cereal.

thingymaboob Mon 11-Dec-17 00:59:48

I'm taking iron tablets and I'm taking fibregel sachets. Lactulose is also good and you can buy it over the counter. It draws water into bowel to make stools softer and easier to pass. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. I'm taking ondansetron which is an anti sickness tablet for hyperemesis and it's notorious for terrible constipation. I have found the sachets and lactulose really helpful. Good luck! Nothing worse! πŸ’

cannotmakemymindup Mon 11-Dec-17 01:00:06

Are you taking it with Orange juice and not drinking tea/coffee at same time as tablet?

chocolateorangeowls Mon 11-Dec-17 01:01:15

Lactulose, orange juice and plenty of water.

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 01:01:54

Was taking it with water and have been drinking orange juice. Midwife prescribed the iron tablets and instructions just said to take with cold drinks 1 tab 3 times again.

I'm still sat here. It's stuck. Like I can't physically get the rest of it out!

thingymaboob Mon 11-Dec-17 01:04:02

Don't strain, get off the toilet and do something to relax for 10 mins if you can.

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 01:04:31

And it's over!! 50 minutes later. It's not even that impressively sized πŸ˜‚

My entire stomach is hurting now though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

ShoesHaveSouls Mon 11-Dec-17 01:04:33

How bad is your anaemia? Iron tablets can be awful. I had to take them when dd3 was a newborn - I had a PPH - but not bad enough for a transfusion.

It was awful, and I ended up ringing the midwife and moaning to her that this was ruining my first days with my baby. SHe told me to come off them, eat iron rich food and they'd take it from there.

I'd speak to the GP/midwife again.

cannotmakemymindup Mon 11-Dec-17 01:05:29

Orange juice helps with irons absorption and also good aid to help you go. Although not in your current predicament...
Could you raise your feet at all so as to be almost slightly squatting? May help.
Tea and coffee are to be avoided, for I think a couple of hours, after iron tablets as the tannins stop irons absorption.

ShoesHaveSouls Mon 11-Dec-17 01:06:54

*it ended up being fine - my iron levels naturally built up again, and I didn't have to go back on the tablets.

But don't come off them without speaking to your HCP.

cannotmakemymindup Mon 11-Dec-17 01:07:51

Oops just seen your okay!!

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 01:08:45

Oh god I love my cups of tea, I've been drinking about 7 cups of decaf a day πŸ˜‚ I'm going to phone the doctors tomorrow and I'm seeing the midwife on Wednesday as it is so will mention.

I have no idea how low my iron levels were but they were obviously low enough to need tablets.

confused123456 Mon 11-Dec-17 01:09:43

Op you have my sympathy. I was prescribed them both during my pregnancy and after the birth.
I couldn't take them. They made me so sick. I told the midwife and they tried a different type but that was just as bad. In the end I just never took them.
But I'd speak to someone and see if they can do anything else.

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 01:13:39

I'm still sat on the loo as it feels like I'm not finished. My poor dp has gone to bed after receiving text updates πŸ˜‚

I think a trip to the doctors is my best option. Will probably get seen tomorrow as my gps only so same day appointments.

cannotmakemymindup Mon 11-Dec-17 01:16:35

Sounds like a good idea the doctors.
I think Decaff still has tannins in to. Sorry!
The things we do for our babies!!

Grimmfebruary Mon 11-Dec-17 01:19:10

It probably does, I just didn't want to look like a total tea addict, but I am πŸ˜‚ Can't wait to get back to my 10 cups a day of ringtons after birth!

Thanks for all the tips and concern, will be bearing the tips in mind incase this happens again πŸ˜’

itshappening Mon 11-Dec-17 01:22:07

I have been taking 210 mg three times a day for a long time, even before pregnancy I was dangerously anaemic. I am getting tested on Tuesday to see how I am doing. I hope I can come down to one or two, it is grim. To be honest I have often cheated and unofficially only had one or two as there is only so much you can take. It is worth trying the different types though...ferrous fumerate, ferrous sulphate, another I forget...some people tolerate one type better than another.

gluteustothemaximus Mon 11-Dec-17 01:25:40

The doctors iron tablets are evil.

Spatone is the best way to get iron. Natural iron water, absorbs far higher than the tablets do. Expensive but so worth it. Take with OJ.

They do them in Tesco.

SonicBoomBoom Mon 11-Dec-17 01:29:47

Taking iron tablets in pregnancy destroyed my arse body.

I'd rather risk the PPH to be honest, it was actually much less unpleasant.

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Mustang27 Mon 11-Dec-17 02:01:01

Yeah they really need to prescribe lactulose with iron tablets. Constipation is a given with them.

Get some natures finest prunes in juice they taste pretty palatable and get yourself to pharmacy ASAP.

itshappening Mon 11-Dec-17 02:06:45

Is lactulose safe in pregnancy then? Are any other laxatives ok, eg Senna?

Bloomed Mon 11-Dec-17 02:14:12

I second spatone sachets!

Mustang27 Mon 11-Dec-17 02:24:19

itshappening I am not a pharmacist nor a trained dr however I had to take ondansetron to help with extreme sickness and this causes awful constipation.

My dr was happy for me to try all the laxatives unfortunately they didn't work for me at all and I had to stop taking the meds. So yes they can be taken but I'd always check with dr first.

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