I found out just after Thanksgiving that I was anemic, my hemoglobin was 9.4. Just above the Birth Center cut off of 9.0. So for six weeks I drank tons of nettle tea as well as taking a prenatal with iron and taking floradix. A few weeks ago I was tested again with no change at all! After 6 weeks I was still 9.4!!
Now I am worried as I only have about 4 weeks left before my due date. Currently I am taking: a regular prenatal, an iron pill, floradix 2x a day and Yellow dock 2x a day plus drinking nettle tea at least once a day and cooking with cast iron as much as I can. i also have been taking vitamin c to help absorb iron. i am avoiding iron and calcium together because i am aware of the binding, and have cut out all caffeine that I am aware of.
I don't know what else to do.
I had a very hard early pregnancy with severe Hyperemesis and lost of ton of weight and was hospitalized twice for dehydration. Finally could start eating fairly normally again at 24 weeks pregnant. So I think that put me in a bad starting off place and depleated my body's stores of any vitamins and iron.
Plus I am am ovo-lacto vegetarian and eating meat of any kind is out of the question but I would think with all the stuff I am taking now that I should be enough to give me higher stores of iron. My midwives would like me to be over 10 at least before the birth. 12-16 is normal for women so I am way below.
I am worried about the risks of going into labor anemic. My midwives have been telling me that even with normal blood loss after the birth that anemic mamas have a really hard time. I am worried about the possibility of loosing more than the normal amount.
Does anyone have experience birthing with anemia? Is it really something I should be worried about?
Does anyone have any other suggestions to boosting iron ( although I feel like I am taking them all already..lol)?
I will get my iron levels checked again next week. Please wish me luck. Send me higher hemoglobin vibes.