MW just left from my 31.5 week appointment. She said the iron was borderline too low. I was surprised because I've been taking Hema-Plex daily since around 18 weeks, and it has 85mg of iron in it. But a couple of months ago I was having leg cramps and contractions so I decided to up my calcium. Started taking extra calcium at the same time as my iron. DOH!!! What a waste of money! Midwife told me that the calcium has been canceling out the iron. ARGH!!
I felt all fragile when she told me that and that I'd have to get another blood test. The weird thing is that with my last two pregnancies I didn't take *any* iron supplements until the 28-week test and it was just as low. I guess the calcium really does cancel out the iron. So now I have to go all aggro on the iron supplements and iron foods.
Eating Trader Joe's dark chocolate with Valencia peanuts with my 6yo right now to console myself. At least my blood pressure stays low and I haven't gotten swollen feet yet.
Looks like I'll be drinking loads of that crazy expensive Ferrodix to shoot my iron levels back up and eating lots of clams. On the one hand, *this* is why I'd rather have a UP--I can't *stand* it when people tell me that I'm doing something wrong with my body. On the other hand, if I *did* have a UP and didn't take care of the iron then I could possible have too much bleeding at the birth. Whatever... I am *so* going to hide my labor as much as possible in order to have this baby as alone as I possibly can. I want to be one of those, "she just went in the bathroom and had the baby" people.