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Pregnant and Anemic

I thought I'd start a thread for all of us moms can discus our anemia and what we are doing to help it, what vitamins we are taking, food we are eating, advice, symptoms...

Bobby Llewellyn born September 29, 2012
Kade Wayne born July 23, 2015
MC in February 2017
MC in November 2017
Oliver Dean (Ollie) due December 17, 2018

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Re: Pregnant and Anemic

  • As for me - 
    I am anemic even when not pregnant. I struggle to control my anemia. I take iron supplements, B12 supplements, try to eat the right foods but still CAN'T EVER seem to get my levels in the healthy range.
    I would love to know what brands of iron anyone else is taking and how much a day! All advice welcome. It's been 6 years that I've known about my anemia and never once have I felt like I was in control of it.

    My symptoms are constant dizziness, forever out of breath after walking short distances, always tired. UGH
    Bobby Llewellyn born September 29, 2012
    Kade Wayne born July 23, 2015
    MC in February 2017
    MC in November 2017
    Oliver Dean (Ollie) due December 17, 2018

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  • I got severely anemic when pregnant with my son, I took Megafood Blood Builder.  It's iron sourced from food and it also had vitamin C to help with absorption as well as B-12 and folate.  I've never gotten constipation or nausea from it (it can even be taken on an empty stomach) and it helped me get my iron levels back up to a safe level pretty quickly.
    Me: 32  H: 32
    Married: 4/5/13

    "You know that place between sleep and awake, 
    that place where you can still remember dreaming?
    That's where I will always love you.  
    That's where I'll be waiting."
    ~Peter Pan 

    *TW*
    BFP #1: 11/12/12  EDD 7/25/13 Baby boy: 7/27/13
    BFP #2: 10/29/17   MMC dx @ 9 weeks
    BFP #3: 2/2/18 MC 2/7/18
    BFP #4: 3/2/18  MC 3/9/18
    RPL testing and hysteroscopy: all normal
    BFP #5: 4/1/18 MMC dx @ 14 weeks ----> genetically normal girl  :'(
    Hysteroscopy to remove scar tissue 9/28
    BFP #6 11/5/18 EDD 7/20/19  <3  Rainbow baby girl born 7/23/19 
    asun123
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  • edited June 2018
    I don’t think I’m anemic yet, but when I was anemic I was taking Ferro Sequels and they got my iron levels where they needed to be. Eventually I was able to stop taking them. I believe vitamin D supplements helped me too because I was deficient there as well. 

    Me: 31

    DH: 29, SA - Great

    Married: June 12,2011

    TTC #1: 1/2014

    Diagnosis: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

    Treatment: Clomid:  50mg, 100mg, 150mg - not successful and not monitored

                      Menopur 75ml (upped to 112.5ml), Ovidrel, & IUI  IUI #1 8/31/2015

    9/15/2015: BFP HCG - 400, 9/17/2015: HCG - 827, 9/21/2015 - HCG 3,327!
    Heartbeat 10/2/2015: 118bpm
    DS: 5/27/2016

    TTC# 2: 12/2017
    BFP: 4/20/2018
    EDD: 12/29/2018
    asun123
  • My OB didn't tell me anything about anemia so I guess I'm clear for now? But historically I'm generally borderline. My last pregnancy I loved taking my daily shot of Floradix liquid iron supplement. I may just get myself another bottle now that I'm thinking about it.
    Me: 31 | DH: 31
    Together since 2003 | Married 2010
    TTC #1 January 2016
    BFP April 18 2016 | EDD December 29, 2016
    Welcome baby A! January 9, 2017

    TTC#2 March 2018
    BFP March 30, 2018 | EDD December 12, 2018
    asun123
  • @PensiveCrayon My son is on liquid iron for two weeks and oh my gosh it smells SO BAD!

    Me: 31

    DH: 29, SA - Great

    Married: June 12,2011

    TTC #1: 1/2014

    Diagnosis: Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

    Treatment: Clomid:  50mg, 100mg, 150mg - not successful and not monitored

                      Menopur 75ml (upped to 112.5ml), Ovidrel, & IUI  IUI #1 8/31/2015

    9/15/2015: BFP HCG - 400, 9/17/2015: HCG - 827, 9/21/2015 - HCG 3,327!
    Heartbeat 10/2/2015: 118bpm
    DS: 5/27/2016

    TTC# 2: 12/2017
    BFP: 4/20/2018
    EDD: 12/29/2018
    asun123
  • @AdorkablePixie I’m sure it’s different! Floradix is food-based and tastes like juice, some say with the aftertaste of a penny but I never noticed that. 
    Me: 31 | DH: 31
    Together since 2003 | Married 2010
    TTC #1 January 2016
    BFP April 18 2016 | EDD December 29, 2016
    Welcome baby A! January 9, 2017

    TTC#2 March 2018
    BFP March 30, 2018 | EDD December 12, 2018
    asun123AdorkablePixie
  • My blood test results from yesterday showed that I'm still low on blood even after taking a prenatal a day with iron in it, and one extra iron pill a day (2 every other day) plus B12 supplement. She wants me to add in two more iron pills a day. I'm so scared. I hate what it does to my body. I'm going to look into this liquid iron thing! And going to go stock up on stool softeners.
    Bobby Llewellyn born September 29, 2012
    Kade Wayne born July 23, 2015
    MC in February 2017
    MC in November 2017
    Oliver Dean (Ollie) due December 17, 2018

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    PensiveCrayon
  • Dr just called and said I am barely anemic. He wants me to take Floradix. @PensiveCrayon are they basically all the same? I see there's + vitamins or + herbs. Which one were you taking? 
    asun123
  • @gorgeousariel I’m thinking they’re all pretty much the same, if you’re looking on Amazon or whatever. I’ve had a good experience with the liquid — I’m not sure about the pills.
    Me: 31 | DH: 31
    Together since 2003 | Married 2010
    TTC #1 January 2016
    BFP April 18 2016 | EDD December 29, 2016
    Welcome baby A! January 9, 2017

    TTC#2 March 2018
    BFP March 30, 2018 | EDD December 12, 2018
    asun123
  • @PensiveCrayon thanks! They specifically said liquid so that's what I'm getting. 
    PensiveCrayon
  • @asun123 I'm a little late to the party, but when I was on that much iron, a magnesium supplement helped in addition to the stool softeners/extra fiber.

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  • kadeephdkadeephd member
    edited June 2018
    When I was anemic I took Wellesse liquid iron and another brand of liquid iron that came in individual serving packs (eta: it was called Spatone I think).  Those helped get my levels up pretty quickly.  The Welllesse was cheaper and didn't taste as bad.

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    asun123
  • @asun123 I'm a little late to the party, but when I was on that much iron, a magnesium supplement helped in addition to the stool softeners/extra fiber.

    I'll look into that!! Thank you!
    Bobby Llewellyn born September 29, 2012
    Kade Wayne born July 23, 2015
    MC in February 2017
    MC in November 2017
    Oliver Dean (Ollie) due December 17, 2018

    BabyFruit Ticker
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