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post #21 of 36


I cannot tolerate the taste of Floradix right now. I am hoping the pills will absorb. My Iron was up like 1 pt from the previous test, and that was just from adding the foods. I am hoping the Iron pills will get it back to normal or at least near it.

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I realized that iron pills don't work at all for me. For some reason my body just does not absorb the iron well when it is in pill form. I take Floradix instead, which is a liquid, and I do a "chaser" of emergen-C to help the iron absorb better.

post #22 of 36
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I cannot tolerate the taste of Floradix right now. I am hoping the pills will absorb. My Iron was up like 1 pt from the previous test, and that was just from adding the foods. I am hoping the Iron pills will get it back to normal or at least near it.



There is Floradix pills.

post #23 of 36

I thought Floradix was yummy! Did you have it straight, or in orange juice?

 

I'm about to get a prescription today for "heavy-duty" iron. Bleh, but when my MW said it might improve my energy and mood, I was all for it! DH can use up the rest of my rubbish supermarket iron tablets...

post #24 of 36
I tried the Floradix today and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Not that I would want to chug it or anything, but it wasn't as repulsive as I had imagined.
post #25 of 36
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I tried the Floradix today and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Not that I would want to chug it or anything, but it wasn't as repulsive as I had imagined.


I actually like the way it tastes. It did take a bit for me to get used to it, but now I like it. I really like that I can take it in the morning on an empty stomach and it doesn't make me sick.

 

post #26 of 36

I am still very sensitive to taste and smell...my only left over symptom from the Hyperemesis. I cannot tolerate OJ or most juice unfortunately. Normally it wouldn't bother me but, for now I am just taking the gental iron and it will have to do. I figure it is better than nothing.

post #27 of 36
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 been drinking RRL off and on this whole pregnancy and it's just so good with a little honey in it and cooled in the fridge! The easiest way for me to make iced tea is to use the coffee maker. I'll rinse the part that holds the coffee grounds really well so no coffee flavor gets into my tea and then I put several tea bags in there, fill up the water and turn it on. My favorite is to use 4 RRL tea bags with 2 peach tea bags. I mix the honey or sugar in when the tea is still hot so it absorbs all the way into the liquid. And I usually do 2 full pots of tea for each juice pitcher. The first batch tends to be really strong and the second batch is weaker, but it all gets mixed together in the end anyway. I store the juice pitcher in the fridge so it stays cold.

 


I made a pitcher of RRL/Nettle ice tea using the peach tea bags to flavor it up. Tastes Great!! Thanks for the suggestion! love.gif

 

post #28 of 36

Well, I bought some Pregnancy Tea - it has RRL, nettle, alfalfa and a bunch of other stuff - dandelion? Also spearmint, unfortunately, which I hate - the taste is subtle, but it's still there. Thus far the best I can do is one cup of RRL tea and one cup of Pregnancy Tea a day, with honey (and DD filches a fair few sips).

 

I did buy a bunch of bok choy, nashis and zucchini at the supermarket yesterday, out of guilt at not eating enough fruit and veggies. Will fry some up in butter with fish for breakfast. :)

post #29 of 36
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Well, I ate an entire bag of raw spinach for lunch yesterday and I practically inhaled it so I must be needing something in there (maybe building my vitamin K?). I am a big believer that cravings point us to valuable nutritional needs or deficiencies. I've also been craving (thus eating) tons of beans lately, maybe for the iron and protein? I mean I like beans and all but the degree with which I've been eating them lately seems my body is preparing me for building up some stores :)

 

For the people who have issues getting enough iron, have you tried cooking in cast iron? It leeches a lot of elemental iron into food and although it's not as potent and easily absorbed as heme iron (from meat sources), it does help. That's likely why my iron levels were good all last pregnancy (we don't eat meat). You can even boil water in your cast iron pan/pot and use it in your tea mixtures and stuff. Cooking tomato sauce in cast iron REALLY gets you a lot of iron too because it's acidic and has vitamin C which helps absorption. Just thought I'd toss that out there...

 

I've been drinking my RRL tea too in iced form. I make up about 12 bags in a big mason jar and steep it forever. Then I pour it into a 2 quart container (maybe it's a gallon?) and I put a few packets of Emergen-c in too for vitamin C and whatnot. Then, fill the remaining with water, and keep it in the fridge. It takes me about hmm 4-5 days to drink it so I'm averaging about 3 "cups" of RRL tea a day.

 

I truthfully haven't been too concerned with nutrition this pregnancy -- I mean obviously I try to eat healthy and balanced and everything but I believe God designed babes to take what they need first and you get what's left (as in life lol jk) so I'm sure the little one is fine. I however am really amping it up in the final weeks for birth and feeling good postpartum.

 

 

post #30 of 36

This is a great post.  I am days away from closing on a house, camping out in/packing up the place we do live, mothering a toddler, and feeling exhausted, so nutrition is a struggle.  Also, besides my fish oil and vitamin D (which I know are fine somehow) some of my other vitamins are making me throw up about 40 minutes after consuming them no matter what I eat them with.  Very frustrating when I know I am not eating all the nutrients my baby needs.

 

So, I AM . . .

 

- Taking Vit. D, fish oil, Floridix, (and others as I am brave enough to attempt it)

 

- Drinking 2 cups at least of an infusion (4-12 hours steeping in boiling water--one cup of herb per quart of water) of RRL, nettle, oat straw, and comfrey (so glad these vitamins and minerals are easily assimilated)

 

- I am going to attempt a liquid iodine/vitamin C/selenium mixture to help boost my thyroid function

 

- At least a month out, I am going to start taking a strong (ie. expensive) probiotic possibly Dr. Ohiras (recommended from a MDC member during my last pregnancy) or Garden of Life

 

- I have gotten really addicted to sweets lately with the stress and the Easter candy (although there is ALWAYS a holiday to tempt me!).  I am strongly considering a sugar fast and letting Stevia and natural fruit be the sweetest things in my life. 

 

- And then try to make as many healthy options about food as I can--try to eat lots of protein and veggies!

 

 

post #31 of 36

Oh and I've heard that alfalfa and nettles are supposed to be really good for iron levels.  Alfalfa can also make a strong amniotic sac.   And, Smokering, my DD LOVES my pregnancy ice tea!  We sweeten it with stevia drops or honey.  I am going to start adding honey while the water is hot and cut back on the Stevia.  I believe it's really good for both of us!

post #32 of 36
Oh, man, Smokering, fish for breakfast just makes me want to hurl. Well, fish is one of my big aversions this pregnancy - such a shame cuz usually I eat it at least 2-3 times a week and I am sure my body is missing the nutrients from it. The only time I had fish for breakfast is when we were in Thailand and it was in a soup. That was pretty tasty, but probably not something I could replicate at home. Oh, yeah, and lox on bagels, of course!

TB, I do have a cast iron skillet that I often cook in - I will have to remember to use it more. I can't eat tomatoes right now because of my reflux, but I will start sauteing my veggies in there - maybe that will help a little.

I have been thinking of adding some meat back into my diet. I am not craving it, but I am not repulsed by it like I usually am. I don't know where I would start, though. I haven't had red meat in 23 years and poultry in about 10. I might try making chicken soup or something light like that.
post #33 of 36
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I made a pitcher of RRL/Nettle ice tea using the peach tea bags to flavor it up. Tastes Great!! Thanks for the suggestion! love.gif


Glad I could help! :)

 



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For the people who have issues getting enough iron, have you tried cooking in cast iron? It leeches a lot of elemental iron into food and although it's not as potent and easily absorbed as heme iron (from meat sources), it does help. That's likely why my iron levels were good all last pregnancy (we don't eat meat). You can even boil water in your cast iron pan/pot and use it in your tea mixtures and stuff. Cooking tomato sauce in cast iron REALLY gets you a lot of iron too because it's acidic and has vitamin C which helps absorption. Just thought I'd toss that out there...


We cook just about everything in cast iron and it's just not enough iron. I'm usually borderline anemic when I'm not pregnant so when I am it's really a struggle to get enough iron through my diet. A big part of that is because I just don't eat as much because my appetite is decreased during pregnancy, and the thought of meat makes me ill most of the time. When not preggo I'll eat meat like there's no tomorrow.

 

 

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Oh and I've heard that alfalfa and nettles are supposed to be really good for iron levels.  Alfalfa can also make a strong amniotic sac.  

Yep, alfalfa is good for iron too! The bonus is that I think it tastes great! I have alfalfa capsules that I take and there's an aftertaste that tastes like grass. It makes me happy. Thanks for the reminder to find these and start taking them!

 

post #34 of 36

 

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Well, I ate an entire bag of raw spinach for lunch yesterday and I practically inhaled it so I must be needing something in there (maybe building my vitamin K?). I am a big believer that cravings point us to valuable nutritional needs or deficiencies. I've also been craving (thus eating) tons of beans lately, maybe for the iron and protein? I mean I like beans and all but the degree with which I've been eating them lately seems my body is preparing me for building up some stores :)

I've heard raw spinach is actually bad iron-wise... it blocks absorption or something? Course, there are probably plenty of other good reasons to eat it! I wish I were craving beans... I've felt pretty bleh about them lately.

 

tracymom1: Yeah, I couldn't stomach fish for several weeks either. I buy gurnard usually - it's not cheap, but it's much milder and less fishy-tasting than some other kinds. I've really gone off salmon, sadly....

 

DH and our flatmate are starting the Atkins diet on Monday (DH just realised that in 10 weeks' time, he might have to hop into the birthing pool with me and the midwife will see his squish!). I'll be keeping some carbs in my diet and DD's, but we'll probably be eating pretty meat- and fat-intensively for a bit; which, being a TFer, I think is great. :p We may even save money - meat isn't cheap, but DH won't be able to have coffee or chocolate or cider for a few weeks, which makes me do a very unwifely dance of joy!

post #35 of 36
I drink so much RRL tea it is ridiculous, but it is the only thing that helped with cramping throughout my pregnancy. Apparently I have a cranky overactive uterus? Anyway, it has been a staple since early second trimester.

You've all convinced me to do the cal/mag thing! I forgot that could help with restless legs and mine have been bad the past few weeks.

Anyone have good ideas for bioavailable vitamin K? We're skipping the shot so I feel like I should be pigging out on it in the last few weeks before the birth and the first few PP.
post #36 of 36

Great thread everyone!  I have kicked up my intake of RRL/nettle tea.  Since it started to warm up, I've been doing like a lot of people and making a pitcher of iced.  I've been sweetening with honey and throwing in some mint leaves from my herb garden.  Nettle is a good source of iron; so, that could help some of y'all who are low on that end.

 

moppet, you mentioned vitamin K.  Kale is a good source of vitamin K, and I have lately been drinking this kale smoothie.  You would think you could taste the kale, but I swear you can't.  It is so yummy.  Basically, you prep by taking ripe bananas, cutting them in chunks and freezing them.  I normally grab the last banana before it goes bad, chunk it up and throw it in the freezer.   Prep your kale by washing it and then ripping the leafy part off the hard stem and freezing the raw kale.  When you're ready for a smoothie throw the following in the blender:

 

1/2 cup of soy milk - I like the vanilla kind

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1 frozen banana

handful of frozen kale

handful of ice.

 

It is bright green, but tastes really yummy!!  I'm going to try adding some strawberries to the mix tonight.

 

How does vitamin C help with GBS?  I tested positive for GBS with my last pregnancy and am kind of concerned about it this go around.

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