Originally Posted by Chaika
Cream of Wheat actually has a lot of iron in it. Sometimes I eat it with molasses too!
Awesome information! I actually have a couple boxes of that sitting around! Thanks for the info! This will be my daily breakfast!
Since I'm so close to the end, I think I'll take a double dose 3 times a day. Does that sound okay? I need to up my numbers fast...
Also, the OJ DH got didn't specify that it was Calcium fortified, but when I checked the label, it said it has 2% calcium. Is this something I should be concerned about? It also says that it's 100% juice.
Originally Posted by HawaiianBlesing
I recommend that you cook the spinach otherwise it can be high in calcium. I had to avoid calcium for a while because it slowed my thyroid.
Thanks! The nurse I spoke with didn't mention cooking it. She actually told me to eat a lot of spinach salads and such. I just came across this:
As you can see, the health benefits of spinach are numerous. The vitamins and calcium in spinach, combined with the overall nutritional value of spinach, make this vegetable and its dark leafy green cousins top picks for healthy food choices. http://www.cookingnook.com/health-benefits-of-spinach.html
I would never have thought of that. Very interesting! Good thing I like spinach in the cooked form, too.
Originally Posted by Lynann
Cut out as much dairy as possible. And eggs are tricky as they can also hinder iron absorption. As far as I know egg yolks are good, egg whites not good, so you don't want to eat the whites.
My MW has me on the Floradix 3 times a day. I also chase it down with 100% juice (usually black grape for me) and don't take it within an hour of anything with any kind of calcium.
My previous MW did say that although I have a low hemoglobin (long term anemic rather than just during pregnancy) that isn't as important as the platelet count, as the platelets are what effects your ability to stop bleeding.
Sounds like you are doing everything you can for this so try not to stress about it too much.
My last hemoglobin count was 10.4 and I'm waiting on results from a blood draw last week to find out if its gone back up or dropped again. After DS mine got all the way down to 7, and I was told at the hospital if it dropped by just 0.1 they would have to give me a blood transfusion. I've had them before because of my anemia so I wasn't too upset, but fortunately it started going back up on its own, so the transfusion never happened.
There are lots of ideas in the thread Carrie linked to, and I think a few people tried liquid cholorphyll which is a form of alfalfa, and from what I've read alfalfa is really good for increasing blood counts.
I got my information from the nurse who said the doctor hadn't reviewed my results yet.When I speak with the doctor or midwife, I'll be sure to ask about platelets and such.
I actually had to have a blood transfusion after having DS. I lost over 4 pints of blood and they gave me 2 pints in the transfusion. I wonder if I should have them order blood for me as a precaution? I don't know if they'd do that. I'm just nervous.
Originally Posted by LadyJennifer
Adding liquid chlorophyll to your water daily helps too. Alfalfa tablets are really good as well (and contain vitamin k, which is good to prevent hemorrhage too).
I'll look into the liquid chlorophyll. Thanks for the info on Alfalfa tablets, especially regarding Vitamin K and how it helps to prevent hemorrhage.
Originally Posted by elove
sounds like a lot of very useful info has been listed already, the only two i would add are:
red lentils are supposed to be really good, not sure how fast it will yield results.
Also, l would look into malt extract - not very common in US but my mother had me taking it as a child for my iron levels.
hope it all works out for you very soon
I have red lentils. I'll look into malt extract, as well. Thanks so much!
Originally Posted by Ayame87
I had no idea how serious this could be. At my checkup a few weeks ago mine was at 10.8. I had no idea that the three things I drank other than water was what was reducing my iron absorption!! Crazy! No more chocolate milk for me lol.
Good luck on getting yours up, too.
Thanks to everyone for helping me by providing me with knowledge, so that I feel I can do something to raise my levels. It's much a powerless feeling, especially at 38 weeks, but I know there are some actions I can take. Come to tink of it, when my levels were low with DS, I raised them in a matter of weeks. It was more than 2 weeks, but all I did was take the supplement and I didn't put forth nearly the effort I'll be putting forth now.
Edited by PoetryLover - 8/1/11 at 8:55pm