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    Default Did or Do you have low iron levels while pregnant!.......What does this mean?........

    Hello.......3 weeks ago I had some blood tests done and it came back that my iron levels were very low......they were 9, i am getting more tests done next week to see how they are...........
    My question is did you also have low iron levels while pregnant and if you did what did they do..........i was told if they drop any lower i will need a blood transfusion! ......"Is this just a scare tactic"..........MM xx
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    I was just told ot take Iron Tabs.. Dr gave me name of the ones to get. I got told if it did not rectify with the added Iron BT may be necessary.. but further tests showed it was good 2 weeks after taking the extra Iron ontop of Preg Vits

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    I normally have iron levels at the low end of the scale. They were also low during my pg. I was told to start taking iron supplements. It didn't really change them much. With my second pg, I was told to start them even before we knew I had low iron levels. I was taking them twice a day and it still didn't really improve my levels. Taking iron supplements at the same time as vit C is supposed to improve your absorption.

    It didn't affect the babies or me much at all. I was tired, but not in anyway that affected life to any great extent.

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    my doctor told me that because my iron is usually low anyway, so when you are pregnant you need more iron and thats why it can drop more.. he said no matter how much iron rich food i eat, it wont be enough and to make sure i take the supplements otherwise i will lose too much blood in labour making it harder for the doctors and putting my health at risk as well as risk of Blood transfusion.

    HTH a bit.

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    Maisymum,

    I know all to well the effects of low iron...although not while pregnant.

    I'm guessing the level of 9 was haemoglobin(sp) which is low. They should be able to do an iron infusion, basically you sit in hosi for the day with a drip...not nearly as full on as a blood transfusion.

    Although I dont know how low they have to be for them to do this, mine once dropped to 2 and I still didnt have one, just iron injections into my butt.

    It might be different while preggo though, you need more therefore dont want stores to drop off. IYKWIM.

    Anyway...I hope that you can get some red meat and vitamin C into you ASAP.

    Kema

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kema View Post
    Maisymum,

    I know all to well the effects of low iron...although not while pregnant.

    I'm guessing the level of 9 was haemoglobin(sp) which is low. They should be able to do an iron infusion, basically you sit in hosi for the day with a drip...not nearly as full on as a blood transfusion.

    Although I dont know how low they have to be for them to do this, mine once dropped to 2 and I still didnt have one, just iron injections into my butt.

    It might be different while preggo though, you need more therefore dont want stores to drop off. IYKWIM.

    Anyway...I hope that you can get some red meat and vitamin C into you ASAP.

    Kema
    Thanks Kema...... I can't stand red meat....and since being pregnant can't stand the taste of green vegies......so i'm stuffed ...........I've been told to take the supplements but after the birth of DD i had a real bad time with constipation and fissues and had to have a spinctarotomy (sp) done.....not fun at all so now i'm so scared to get bound up in that department.........will just see what the next tests show.............but i know they will slap me on the hand for not taking the supplements!.......MM xx



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    That will be the ferritin level. Mine was 9 as well. They advise to take iron tablets but I didn't as they used to make me throw up.

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    ii always have low iron when pregnant

    i am taking an iron supplement with vitamin c to help absorbtion

    i dont think its scare tactic- i had low iron with ds1 and bled out just after birth

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    They make me sick too.
    I get constipation and vomitting so I cant take them either.
    I hope your next bloods show improved levels.
    Low iron is no fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarriorMummy View Post
    ii always have low iron when pregnant

    i am taking an iron supplement with vitamin c to help absorbtion

    i dont think its scare tactic- i had low iron with ds1 and bled out just after birth

    Oh SH*T!......I'm having a C-Section........what happens if i bleed out! Thats my worst fear!.........





 

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