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34 weeks and iron level 9.1....

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ahappymummy Mon 12-Oct-09 17:54:20

have been told this is way too low and had horror stories of blood transfusions,heammoraging etc during childbirth.
Please reassure me as have been anxious ever since...!
Has anyonehad experience of this,im really stressed now!

stickybean Mon 12-Oct-09 18:28:35

Mine was low with my last pregnancy and still is with this one.
I can't remember the level but somewhere in the 8's at about the same time as you...
I iron loaded, took the pills, with orange juice to help absorb the iron and also took floradix like it was going out of fashion.
I did end up having a heamorrage (sorry can't spell that) and just escaped a transfusion, i am sure i only escaped it because of the iron i'd been taking.

Don't be too concerend, get as much iron as you can between now and your due date, chances are you'll be fine. But, if not, at least they know what your levels are and will be in a position to help should you need it.

Get the floradix asap, its avaliable over the counter and very good.

Good luck

JaMmRocks Mon 12-Oct-09 18:34:41

Don't worry too much, you've got time to boost your levels a bit yet. I used Spatone, twice a day, and it pulled my iron levels up hugely (low 10 to over 12). Don't worry about it, I'm sure you'll be fine. FWIW, I had a blood tranfusion after DS1's birth and it's not such a big deal when you look back on it.

Good luck!

TheMissingLink Mon 12-Oct-09 18:40:27

Anything over 10 is acceptable according to our midwives and they don't prescribe tablets until below 10 but do recommend changing your diet and they monitor it between 10 and 12, so 9.1 isn't that low. Slight anaemia is common in late pregnancy and you should be able to rectify it by eating lots of iron rich food, vitamin c and take any tablets they prescribe (if they make you constipated, ask for some different ones or liquid iron like spatone or floradix taken in oj).

My iron level was 8 going into childbirth and after an em cs was much lower (em cs nowt to do with iron levels btw). It's taken a while to get back to my normal level of around 10.

Be careful of feeling faint, take it easy, eat well and don't be anxious.

morethemerrier Mon 12-Oct-09 18:50:52

I used spatone towards the end of my last pregnancy as I was aneamic and it made a massive difference! This time I have already started using it and plan on taking it throughout! Brilliant stuff x

star6 Mon 12-Oct-09 18:53:43

spatone and floradix works quite well. I had hb levels of 8 and dropping to 6.8 when I delivered. I was fine. I had a transfusion eventually, but it was no big deal. I was just weak and tired from the low iron. I still had extremely low levels throughout this first year of DS's life... and I am absolutely fine. Tired, but fine. And DS is a very healthy boy

ahappymummy Mon 12-Oct-09 20:32:37

Thank you very much ladies...the midwives i see really do like to put the fear of god in you!
I have been on ferrous sulphate for the last 2 months,always taken with o.j but hasnt made a massive difference to iron level,so was getting a bit panicky as its getting sooo close now!

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