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    Default Low Iron/Folate/VitD and TTC

    I am not sure if you can help me. I got test results back with serum ferritin assay being 32 which is in the noram range of (15-290) but my doc said it should be around 120-140 and I might need a Iron infusion. My vit D was 60 and Folate was low can't remember the reading. I have been given a script for Folate 5mg which I have got an taking.

    What can I do about VitD he said to get more sun but I am already outside for 1-2 hours a day with my son. This should be enough. He never said anythign about a vitamin to take is there one? Or what food should I be eating.

    My main concern is how this will effect our TTC, should we be holding off? We have tried this month so If pregnant am I at greater risk of problems because of my low Vit D and iron? What is the best Iron tablets?

    Thanks if you can help me in any way

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    Quote Originally Posted by splish n splash View Post
    I am not sure if you can help me. I got test results back with serum ferritin assay being 32 which is in the noram range of (15-290) but my doc said it should be around 120-140 and I might need a Iron infusion. My vit D was 60 and Folate was low can't remember the reading. I have been given a script for Folate 5mg which I have got an taking.

    What can I do about VitD he said to get more sun but I am already outside for 1-2 hours a day with my son. This should be enough. He never said anythign about a vitamin to take is there one? Or what food should I be eating.

    My main concern is how this will effect our TTC, should we be holding off? We have tried this month so If pregnant am I at greater risk of problems because of my low Vit D and iron? What is the best Iron tablets?

    Thanks if you can help me in any way
    Hello Splish and splash,

    Thanks for your question.

    I find that the best way to ensure your vitamin D levels are above 100 (realiably) is by taking supplementation. An integrative medicine practitioner can prescribe this for you. In regards to your iron unless it´s absolutely essential (difficult to know what precisely to recommend without the actual levels), however, I´d recommend you stick to 1mg. Higher doses particulary on their own can cause severe imbalances on your general nutrient levels in the body. In certain cases and some conditions 5mg may be very well indicated (MTHFR issues), however most women do well do stick to lower doses.

    Finally in regards to ferritin levels between 55-65mmol/L will be adequate for preconception and pregnancy. The best type of iron to take is in ´chelated´form. And as long as you are taking your nutrients diligently (because you don´t have SEVERE deficiencies) you should be ok.

    I hope this helps.


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