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Yay! Passed my glucose test but I'm anemic.

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Scored an 89 on my glucose but i discovered I'm slightly anemic. Never had this problem before. What supplements do you mamas recommend?
post #2 of 18
I take Floradix on the rec of my OB and acupuncturist.
post #3 of 18

Floradix is also what my midwife recommends. Good price for it on Amazon and probably vitacost.

post #4 of 18

Nettles are great for iron. So are dark leafy greens and grass fed beef (if you eat meat).

Molasses, too! Some moms mix it with a glass of milk.

Also, cooking in cast iron helps a lot... 

post #5 of 18
I haven't had the best luck with Floradix, I think because there isn't a whole lot of iron in it. Recently I have used Blood Builder from MegaFood- it's way cheaper than Floradix and is made from beets and oranges. I passed my iron with flying colors this time. I also eat red meat, beef or venison, especially, once a week- pretty effective for non vegetarians.
post #6 of 18

I seem to be anemic with each of my pregnancies as well.  Mine was 10.2 at my appt last week but it has gotten as low as 7 after I deliver.  I like to eat oatmeal with strawberries in it.  The trick to absorbing iron is having vitamin C at the same time as the iron so that your body has a better chance of absorbing it.  I can't take supps because they cause severe constipation.  So Oats have iron and strawberries have Vit C.  I like to make Kale chips as well and asparagus or broccoli  in the oven with parm sprinkled on it is also a great source!

 

GREAT number for your GTT though, holy cow!!  Mine was 110 out of 135 and I was super excited about that but man you've got some great numbers!!
 

post #7 of 18

Ferrocel iron is a good one too. Non-constipating. Don't take iron with calcium. Calcium inhibits absorption. And like the other poster said, vit. C with iron helps with absorption. I have ridiculously good iron levels right now. I've always had borderline low iron with pregnancy, so I was surprised. The food sources would be a great idea as well. 

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Tenk I ate scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and mushrooms and a bit of goat cheese about 30 min before the test. Maybe that helped distribute all that sugar?! Midwife said to eat a high dose of protein so I did and it worked. orngbiggrin.gif
I'm going to try the Floradix. I'm borderline anemic so perhaps it will help and not make me plugged up. Thanks all for your input.
post #9 of 18
Floradix never works for me. But I'm extremely anemic. I don't reccomend what I have to take because it is hard on the tummy!!

I have noticed a significant improvement in my iron levels since we started cooking in cast iron though!
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Monkey pants View Post

Tenk I ate scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and mushrooms and a bit of goat cheese about 30 min before the test. Maybe that helped distribute all that sugar?! Midwife said to eat a high dose of protein so I did and it worked. orngbiggrin.gif
I'm going to try the Floradix. I'm borderline anemic so perhaps it will help and not make me plugged up. Thanks all for your input.


I think I had gluten free quick cooking oats with strawberries (same thing I eat for iron) about 2 hours before hand but your meal sounds GREAT!!  I wonder how long it takes for it to effect your iron because that's what I had and my iron was still 10.2.

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well I have chlorophyll in my fridge I had forgotten about. I'm gonna take that and be more mindful about the iron in my foods for a bit. I was just a bit low but not too bad. Floradix could not be found yesterday and its $$. I'm gonna hold off on that for a bit and see how it goes. Thanks for all your input!!
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by Monkey pants View Post

Tenk I ate scrambled eggs with sautéed onions and mushrooms and a bit of goat cheese about 30 min before the test. Maybe that helped distribute all that sugar?! Midwife said to eat a high dose of protein so I did and it worked. orngbiggrin.gif
I'm going to try the Floradix. I'm borderline anemic so perhaps it will help and not make me plugged up. Thanks all for your input.

I was told im not allowed to eat anything for at least 2 hours prior to to the test... Mine is next wednesday... I'm nervous........
post #13 of 18
The GTT I had was an 8 or 12 hour (cant remember) fast, blood draw, then glucola then blood draw at 1h then 2h. I'd LOVE to fast for 2 hours only. I do that all the time; it's called chasing a two year old wink1.gif lol
post #14 of 18
That's so harsh!!! I can't believe they had you fast for THAT long greensad.gif did you have signs of diabetes already and that's what prompted the long/torturous testing?!
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Originally Posted by skycheattraffic View Post

The GTT I had was an 8 or 12 hour (cant remember) fast, blood draw, then glucola then blood draw at 1h then 2h. I'd LOVE to fast for 2 hours only. I do that all the time; it's called chasing a two year old wink1.gif lol
post #15 of 18
I'm obese and my MW practice actually had me do an early one just in case despite a normal fasting glucose result they had me do earlier eyesroll.gif. I still have to do it again around 28 weeks. This is after a very uncomplicated first pregnancy where DD was 7lb 15oz at 41weeks. I'd love to switch MWs but in my region they're at a premium, I spent weeks on a waiting list and statistically only half the women here who want MW care get access to it. They are simply that busy. See my thread about overweight pregnancy if you want to read more MW related b1tching lol. Seriously, the drs I had with DD weren't this hard nosed and I had no history to go by!

P.s. I had the same long fast GTT when pregnant with DD; as far as I know it's simply the routine test done here.
post #16 of 18

Mine was a 10 hour fast, then blood draw, then nasty drink, wait an hour, blood draw, wait an hour, blood draw.

post #17 of 18

Mine was the same, 10hr fast, blood draw, nasty drink, blood at 1hr and blood at 2hrs. Its a pretty normal test from what I understand. All my friends had the same test. Those of you that fasted for 2 hrs are lucky! 

post #18 of 18
I didn't even have to fast. Was just told not to eat heavy/sugary for breakfast before I came in. I had oatmeal with a tablespoon of brown sugar and strawberries and a cup of coffee with truvia and creamer in it. Bizarre the differences.
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