I am so pissed off. I've been vegan for 9 years and have never had a problem with anemia, and now I'm pregnant and my iron level is TEN. It's supposed to be 13-15 apparently.... which explains why I have had no energy for anything - physically and emotionally. I've really been trying my hardest to eat iron rich foods and supplement... but it's a 10.
Now my midwife has me drinking a bottle (32oz) of this iron tonic she makes - per week, it's herbal based- yellow dock, nettles, molasses, etc.... and I am just giving up on trying to eat food that has iron in it. I can barely eat right now, i'm kind of almost back to my first trimester toast and tea bland diet because everything I eat makes me feel nauseous/heart burny..... kale/leafy greens/chickpeas which is what I was trying to eat a lot of for iron just make me feel queasy thinking about them.
Anyone else have low iron?? This totally explains everything... i've been having to force myself to leave the house/get out of bed most days- and while I've definitely been exercising consistently, it's not without being incredibly out of breath and taking hours to convince myself to do it sometimes. Most days I get 45 minutes-an hour and a half of cardio, and I get to yoga class twice a week. This is so depressing... really. I've been taking the iron tonic my whole pregnancy with the exception of between 20-26 weeks because I was traveling and then super sick with bronchitis and didnt want to eat/drink anything-- so maybe during that time period is when it happened? ugh. IM SO SICK OF BEING PREGNANT.