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    I'm the same Kazza- I don't eat red meat at all maybe once in a blue moon it was low but then took a tablet but stopped.... And it came back normal? Yet I haven't upped my meat!! And I don't eat green veggies :/

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    Your body is obviously very good at absorbing iron from the foods you do eat that contain iron - lucky you. I wouldn't worry about it.

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    It is in other foods, too. In fact, red meat isn't even the number one best source. I wouldn't go into a panic, but look at how much iron is in the foods you're eating first.

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    I hadn't eaten meat for 7 years before I first fell pregnant. I'd even been a vegan for a few years in the lead up to falling pregnant. My iron levels were always smack bang where they should have been.
    As others have said iron can be found in a wide variety of food so I wouldn't stress.

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    Thanks everyone

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    My iron is fine as well and I also don't really eat meat. But every morning I put rolled oats (they have iron) and spinach in a smoothie with berries and oj (vit c) so I assume that's where all my iron is coming from.

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    Iron can be found in lots of different foods. Nuts, beans, lentils and dark leafy greens are all good sources of iron. And of course a lot of cereals and breads are iron fortified which can also be beneficial for people whom aren't big on red meat.
    I've had my iron levels tested twice this pregnancy and both times the results have come back really good and I very rarely eat red meat.
    My young sons are not big meat eaters either (they can't be bothered chewing it) and the dietician suggested baked beans (I make homemade ones) and peanut butter as an extra source of iron for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazza78 View Post
    Thanks everyone
    Being a vegetarian, my iron level are normal and my FS was surprised. I make sure I have lot of lentils and chickpeas.

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    I have amazing iron and am veggie
    Actually when I was eating meat my iron was lower than when I'm vegetarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by αληθη View Post
    I have amazing iron and am veggie
    Actually when I was eating meat my iron was lower than when I'm vegetarian.
    I actually believe that most vegetarians and vegans do have better iron levels than your average meat eater because they do make such a conscious effort to eat a balanced diet. They are often educated on what foods are a good substitute for red meat in relation to iron and protein.


 

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