Today I saw the OB and my iron levels have dropped dramatically since I was last tested a couple months back. (I cant remember the number of the big number - though she said very low, but the hemoglobin level dropped for 15 to between 2-3 now!
They wanted to hospitalise me but as im already on bedrest at home they instead gave me an injection of iron and tonnes of suppliments to take and sent me home.
I have to see the OB again in 3 weeks and if they havent dramaticlly improved Ill be having weekly shots of iron for 6-8weeks.
Just wondering how long it takes for my numbers to improve? I was thinking 3 weeks is a long time, could my baby suffer in that time? Will the suppliments and injection take that long to kick in?
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20-01-2009 22:12 #1
Anemia - how long did it take for your iron levels to go back up?
20-01-2009 22:32 #2Mum's little cheeky moo
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dont know if this helps...i have my results in fromt of me...
my haemoglobin was 126 (normal range is 115-155)
Iron 15 (normal 11-27)
that was at the start of my preg...
at my 27 week one
haemoglobin was down to 109 - so not in normal range
i think i am understanding it all right...
not sure how long it takes for your levels to pick back up...? this would be interesting to know
20-01-2009 23:00 #3
I just read my notes.
I have "megaloblastic anaemia". (im off to google that) it says my haemoglobin level is 2g/dl.
My other number was under 110 but the OB said that this number was not an big concern.
21-01-2009 08:51 #4
Not sure if this helps girls, but some labs take the reading in different volumes...
So 2-3 in one lab is the equivalent of 20-30 (if you had 2-3 on the same scale you would be dead. )
However, even if you HB is 20-30 that is still gravely gravely low and you will need a blood transfusion, as you would be at risk of cardiac problems and would need to be be monitored. they wouldn't let you home with a hb like that, particularly being pregnant.
I think it must be your iron (not Hb) that is 2-3, that would make more sense. Also would make sense why they are giving you iron shots instead of a transfusion.
Hope the shots work soon!!
21-01-2009 09:17 #5
iron levels drop during pregnancy... with DD2 I was anemic at the start (12), and by the next test at 26wks it had increased to 16! My middy was very surprised! Thanks elevit!
21-01-2009 10:01 #6
Yes 1 would be 10...2 would be 20 etc etc.
After I had a servere heommorage with my 2nd baby, and after 4 blood transfusions I left the hospital with a heomoglobin level of 7 (70), I was told to take 2 iron tabs a day with vitamin C. I was fully breastfeeding a 9lb baby and got my level to 15 (150) in 3 weeks! my baby also got from 9lb to 11lb.
So for me...doing what they said and also breastfeeding...it took 3 looooooong weeks of exhaustion LOL
21-01-2009 10:12 #7
The hospital called my first thing to discuss it with me. They talked me through my results and then put me onto their dietian who booked an appointment for me but mentioned that 1 cup of MILO has 50% of you rdi of iron! Being vegan Im gona just make it up with water. Ive never been a fan of milo but Im gona make sure I have 1 a day. I see the dietian on Friday, though after being vegan for 20yrs I think Ill be getting the same advice as usual but It cant hurt.
nic236 - you're right its my iron that is at a level 2. They said that although this is extremely low the shot I had yesterday should work as a instant booster and combined with my suppliments should see my numbers rise quite quickly. But If I have any more fainting, pains or weakness to go in straight away.
21-01-2009 11:33 #8Senior Member
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Jamaica, another thing to think about is your B12 levels.
The body needs it to turn iron into red blood cells (haemoglobin).
I had b12 injections during my pregnancy with dd #1.
I'm really glad you posted about this as I'm having the same problems and have been feeling shocking.
Part of me would love to have a blood transfusion right now just to make me feel better.
They can give iron by IV infusion too which would give a quick boost but there are risks involved.
I'm on oral iron supplements, at a greatly increased dose and don't feel any better yet after 2 weeks.
I was told it could take about 6 weeks to improve on orals.
But iron will be absorbed much easier and quicker by injection, I'd go with that.
What oral supplements did they get you to take, and how much...what dose?
21-01-2009 13:54 #9
I think I shall go make some now as it's good for me and the bub!
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