Iron levels often drop in pregnancy, and at other times (specifically around periods)... it can leave you feeling exhausted and confused if it gets too low. Foetus takes what it needs, you get what's left .. little parasites.
I would recommend Spatone or Floradix (both available from health food stores / Boots) instead of tablets which can give you tummy ache
Also ensure you are eating red meats, green leafy veg and drinking vit c (like orange juice) at same time to help absorb
As DNA says. Spatone would be better for you to take, so much gentler on your tummy. Midwife was very pleased with me with the speed I managed to get my iron levels back up after using Spa tone. <proud emoticon>
I've been extremely low to moderately low (between 4.8-9.1) throughout my pregnancy, 34 weeks now... midwife said today there's nothing more they can do, my body is just not absorbing it despite taking tablets with juice and floradix... tried more tablets...etc... oh no! Anyone have some research that contradicts this??? No offense cthea... that just made me cry!
Thanks, I know what you're saying... just really worried about pnd and all that since i've been so hormonal during pregnancy. Tried absolutely everything to get iron up over past 34 weeks and nothing is working, so when I read that, it was the icing on the cake. Thanks for telling me that you bonded fine despite low iron, though. That is very helpful!
Oh, you poor thing. It takes a while for iron levels to get back up (6 weeks or so) so it may seem as there's no benefit yet from the medication you're taking, but you'll get there. Take care and best wishes.
star6 - I don't know whether you've come across this but it is physiologicaly normal for your iron levels to be lower than "normal" (whatever that may be for you) during pregnancy: you have the same amount of iron in an increased volume of liquid, hence lower iron concentrations. For this reason, some midwives do not recommend making judgements on the basis of a Hb level in isolation - there's some more discussion on the radmid site.
Fingers crossed things go smoothly for you and your iron levels aren't a problem
star6 have you been offered an intavenous iron infusion? I had a short course of venofer infusions after DD was born and it helped loads. I was told that iron tablets just wouldn't work quick enough if your iron levels are too low.