I am 31 weeks pregnant and OB has recommended takkng an iron supplement, any brand?
What would be the best one and not cause constipation too (suffer already!) thanks
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07-03-2012 13:30 #1
Best iron supplement
07-03-2012 15:38 #2
subscribing - I'd like to find one that's good too and doesn't cause consitpation/green stools.
I'm trying to find FABfol - none of the chemists have it at the moment.
Any suggestions anyone?
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07-03-2012 15:52 #3Member
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I use Ferrograd C tablets with no issues but I have heard of other people getting a bit clogged up from it.
Some great liquid ones are Floradix or Spatone which are a lower dosage of iron but are apparently more easily absorbed due to being in liquid form.
Tablets tend to be much higher dosage but aren't absorbed as readily.
I'll warn you, Spatone tastes pretty bad, it tastes like blood to me! Even when mixed with juice! But some people say they can't taste it al all when mixed with juice so maybe it's just me Floradix is very sweet, tasted a bit like fermented juice.....you only need to drink 15ml twice a day though so it's pretty easy to shoot down.
There are also 'iron melts' which are a raspberry type lolly with iron that you can get from the chemist, my friend had those and swore by them. I gave them a miss as they have artificial sweetener in them.
I'd prob recommend Floradix, it's gentle on the stomach and it gave me good results last pregnancy.
All are available at the chemist, Floradix is also available at Coles.
I hope that helps a bit!
07-03-2012 23:27 #4
Thanks I will ask at my local chemist, will probably have to get it ordered in.
Im not very good with drinking stuff like that though! (even 15ml lol!)
Did floradix cause any constipation or the lollies sound attractive too!
08-03-2012 06:30 #5
Another one for Spatone here!
The "blood" taste is the iron. Its just like metallic tasting water, but then I can't taste it at all when I have 1 sachet with a glass of OJ.
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08-03-2012 07:47 #6
When I was pg I was given fefol.
It's pretty good!
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10-03-2012 23:23 #8
Ok am going to ask my chemist to get some floradix in - here's some further info (love that it is preservative free!):
Floradix: a quality iron supplement.
The absorption rate of Floradix (liquid iron gluconate) is twenty-five per cent compared solid iron tablets that have an absorption rate of two to ten per cent.
- Rich in Iron and B Vitamins
- A good source of Vitamin C
- Easily absorbed
- Vegetarian liquid formula
- No preservatives
- Alcohol free
11-03-2012 07:13 #9
Another fan of Floradix here
Our Coles stocks it, maybe try Coles if your chemist doesn't have it on hand?
11-03-2012 10:48 #10Senior Member
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I am a fan of Floradix too but its not enough to get my iron up when its really low (as it often is when I'm pregnant). So I take Floradix and Spatone one day, and the other day I take Ferro-Grad C. Floradix and Spatone are both very low iron, but its absorbed much better by your body, so what is in there is mostly absorbed. Thats why you don't get constipated- there's hardly any iron left over for your body to eliminate. Ferro-Grad and the others like it are really high in iron but a lot of it doesn't get absorbed by your body, and this is why a lot of people get tummy issues from it. I find combining the two works well, I don't get sick or anything, whereas if I take Ferro-Grad every day I do get constipated.
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