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    Default Iron tablet side effects?

    Just wondering if anyone has had any side effects (apart from the usual constipation) from taking irob tabs while pregnant?
    I'm 30 wks and have low iron so my ob recomended some iron tabs, which I have only been taking for the last 3 days.
    Those 3 days I've felt awful! Tired, nauseas, tightning in my tummy, dizzy etc and have only just clicked that it could be the iron tabs.
    Should I stop taking them or will it get better?
    I'm taking the blackmores bio iron.

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    I have been taking the Iron Tablets made my Ethical Nutrients and they contain chelated iron, which I believe is just a more natural form or iron and I find that it is not hard on the stomach at all, it also contains cofactors (other vit that help absorb the iron). Also my midwife reminded me not to have my iron tab when I am eating and drinking milk because the calcium and the iron don't really work together to get absorbed properly. Also she said that taking vit C with the iron helps with absorption and I found that really seems to work for me too. Check with your doctor tho about this stuff, this is just what I have been doing. Hope it helps tho.

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    The taste? Haha
    I was at the Docs the other day for a uti & he suggested I go on iron tablets cause I looked pale (not for pregnancy) I had one & that's it. Though I can't swallow tablets have to chew them....yuck

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    I had to take them as a teen, so ten years ago, and not whilst pregnant, but I found taking them with a big meal helped.

    Sorry Im no more help than that

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    Thanks for the replies, Dreamscape the thought of chewing them makes me want to

    It says on the jar to take with food 3x a day which I have been doing, still makes me queezy tho.

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    I honestly felt like death after taking iron tabs. I couldn't bear taking them more than 3 days. It felt like my innards were going to explode, my whole body felt ill.

    I stopped taking them and just started eating dried apricots which are great for iron, but I know others have said that liquid iron is much gentler.

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    Gentler and more effective. Can I suggest a product called spatone. It's actually just spring water but from a spring that is high in iron. It comes in sachets and you put a sachet into juice (I used pineapple) and can't even taste it. Apparently if you drink it without the juice it tastes bad but I never tried that.
    I had a massive post-partum haemorrhage and my iron was really low - 60 if I remember rightly. Anyway, docs said I'd need to take iron tablets for three months but with the spatone my iron was back to normal in less than a month.

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    That sounds great lulululu - where do I get that from? And I take it it's safe in pregnancy?

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    You get it from the chemist and yes definately safe, in fact the new boxes come with a sheet of pregnancy vitamins. The dosage doubles to two sachets a day when pregnant, if I recall correctly. It might be called spatone plus, I think. I took it at the end of my pregnancy (my iron was a bit low even before the bleed) and after the birth at two sachets daily until my haemoglobin was almost normal, then I dropped to one a day for a week or so. Hope it helps you too. Don't forget to buy some strongly flavored drink to put it in.

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    I second the Spatone. It's not cheap but it's MORE than worth it.

    Wont (well, shouldn't) make you feel any of those things and it wont constipate you either!
    It's recommended by midwives all the time so it's perfectly safe to use.


 

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