Moving Mid-Pregnancy: Anemia

Here, he's the size of a cauliflower. And taking all my iron!

Author’s Note: Join me every Tuesday or Wednesday for “Moving Mid Pregnancy,” to read about my ongoing search for a new “everything” (from nannies to mom friends to health providers) while pregnant and living in a new city.

I have been so exhausted since the move to LA. I feel like I just can’t get caught up. Part of it is being pregnant while doing all this. But another big part is I’m anemic. I know this happens to a lot of women in pregnancy, though I was surprised when my doctor called with the news. I eat red meat, kale, and beans a lot. I also exercise and try and get as much sleep as the bouncing baby in my belly allows. Nonetheless, my numbers are way down.

I went to the health food store and bought Floradix. That’s what a few other women recommended to me. I ate hamburgers three nights in a row. And kale. I can’t tell if it’s making a difference, because it’s hard to distinguish between just being tired from pregnancy versus anemia. I guess the iron supplements can take awhile to kick in. Bleh.

The Senior Pregnancy Editor for Parents.com, Heather Morgan Shott, and blogger of High Chair Times is alsoanemic. So severe her doctor said she had never seen such low numbers. She became anemic while pregnant with Mason and remains so 15 months later.  Bleh. Not fun.

It  never ceases to amaze me what we women go through to bring babies into this world. Whether it’s pregnancy issues, (like my embarrassing pregnancy problem I wrote about…ack!) or labor and delivery itself, it’s pretty remarkable that we don’t rule the world. Seriously.

If anyone has any good tips out there on the anemic thing besides the things I’ve mentioned I’m sure all of us who share this issue would love to hear it.

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  1. by Heather

    On December 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Steak frites is my go-to energy booster! Looking forward to seeing the other tips you get here. xx

  2. by Christine

    On December 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I was to the point of passing out a lot and almost had to cancel C-section. 2 weeks b4 surgery. Doc gave me higher dose of iron pills and I blended my greens and drank them every day. Was slow in numbers going up, but I was up to the safe number for my surgery.

  3. by Maria

    On December 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hi, I was anemic before, during and after pregnancy. I had taken iron supplements before I was pregnant and when my numbers became normal well I stopped and ate a lot of apples but once I became pregnant I was low on iron again and my aunt who is a gynecologist suggested folic acid. Took that for a while but stopped ( you can see I’m not very consistent) and then when I was low again I took iron supplements again and continue doing so after delivery. The key is take supplements with something containing vitamin C (orange juice, or something) don’t take them with milk because it inhibits iron absorption. Folic acid also facilitates iron absorption so with your supplements try adding folic acid for better iron absorption.

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