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    Default low iron + low bp

    currently 29 weeks and got some bloods results from my midwife. As i suspected my iron levels are low, borderline anemic and so is my bp at 96/60 when it has been around 100/60 past appts. So no wonder i have been having days of feeling absolute ****ttteeeeehouseeee!!!
    I have been put on the same iron tablets i was on when i left hospital after the birth of my DD. These made me sooo unbelievably constipated - i know surgery can bugger up the digestive system for a bit but i didnt poo for 4 weeks! i had to lie and say i had a bowl movement so they'd let me go home from hospital.
    Metamusal didnt work and i had it poured over every meal lol
    Im wondering if it could hurt to take a mild laxative tablet while im on these iron tabs and while pregnant? is it safe? i forgot to ask my middie about it.
    Anyone suffered low iron and bp? its so annoying, how did u get thru it?

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    The iron sup spatone is meant to not cause constipation.

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    I am having similar issues. I'm taking spatone and despite the claims it doesn't make you constipated- it does. Probably not as much as other iron supps, but it does. I don't know the answer, sorry. What I've been doing is taking a break from the iron supps every few days so i can keep everything moving, so to speak.
    Maybe switch to spatone and see if it helps? I drink mine with pear juice to try to counteract the effects as well.

    Oh, and eat salty foods to raise your BP a bit- if I'm feeling a bit woozy I eat a handful of black olives and that seems to help.

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    My BP was always 88/40 with my second baby. I found keeping my water intake up with iron helps too, staying hydrated helps with the blood flow and also with keep the plumbing unclogged

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    How horrible for you! It's not reccomended to use laxatives during pregnancies, the stimulant which causes the bowels to contract are not safe. I went to the chemist and there was only 1 I could use which was a stool softener. I took the maximum dose every day. Or you can also drink movicol.

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    I've been anaemic with low BP since about 24 weeks (probably earlier but I didn't know!). I'm 33 now.
    I use spatone. I take two sachets in morning with orange juice (apparently orange juice helps absorb the iron). I don't really get constipated but I can only 'go' every two or three days. It's not as bad as what I've heard with other iron supplements.
    I also upped my green leafy vegetable intake!! Like eating spinach like Popeye!! Hehe. Apparently kale has tons of iron in it too.
    For low BP. I'm not really sure anything works!! Sometimes a coffee perks me up for a bit. Salt I've heard works but as I understand it has to be the right kind... Like Himalayan pink Rock salt, not your standard normal salt. I smother dinner in it!!! Drink water.
    But honestly I am just battling through. I have some bad days where being vertical just doesn't work and I lie down for a while.
    Good luck!!

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    Not sure if this will help you but I'm anemic and was on harsh iron tabs which caused extreme pain. My doctor since told me to go to health food shop and I'm now on organic iron supps - which so far have not caused pain or constipation.
    Just another idea if you are stuck? I haven't tried sipone (sp?) that PPs have spoke about (but I'll now keep in mind for future too ). Good luck, it's so horrible feeling crappy

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    I started taking Floradix for this reason while pregnant. It's a liquid iron with a couple of other goodies thrown in. I can get constipated at the best of times but taking this didn't make it worse. Should be available in any health food shop. When I needed to I took Dulcolax to help move things along a bit. And yep salty foods if you start feeling woozy due to low BP.

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    For the constipation I take movacol. It doesnt make the bowel contract and doesn't give me that crampy feeling that laxatives can. It works by taking more water into the bowel. It's a sachet of powder and a bit salty, i find it helps my low blood pressure because of the salt.
    Check with your midwife or gp or ob, but my ob and chemist said fine to use daily in pregnancy. Good luck!

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    Thanks everyone. Could i also ask how long was it before you noticed that the iron suppliments kicked in?


 

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