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post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by aussiemum View Post

- cook at all times in cast iron frypans
- eat at least 2 cups of rich green veggies per day
- did not eat dairy with iron rich foods
- drank at least one litre (4 cups??) of an iron rich herbal tea formula every day (I can find the recipe if anyone wants)
- took Floradix daily
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I am pregnant with twins and doing the same as aussiemum, except for the Floradix--I'm taking spirulina/chorophyll added instead. I don't know if I've been lucky, if my pre-pregnancy diet made any difference (I LOVE GREENS) or if this 'recipe' is doing the trick, but I've still got good iron levels at nearly 31 wks. I do take a prenatal (Rainbow Light One a day) but just as a precaution because I believe the nutrition most accessible to our bodies comes from real food.

PP's suggestion of molasses is good too--blackstrap, the real stuff.
post #22 of 24
I took Spirulina daily during my twin pregnancy. I bought the tablets and took three 2x day. It was recommended by a mw. I never took an iron supplement, and my hemoglobin was 12.6 at 32 weeks. It tastes and smells awful, but I sincerely think it was one of the best (and easiest) things I did while I was pregnant to have big, healthy babies.
post #23 of 24
Spirulina apparently also helps keep body tissues hydrated and pliant. A certified nurse midwife who occasionally takes referrals from our direct midwife said she was convinced of this when she saw how well the women's bodies handled birth with easier stretching and fewer tears.
post #24 of 24
I love floradix, and I have also never had problems with just regular iron supplements. My OB insisted, though, that I take a prescription dose of folate alomg with it to help with the body's absorption of it. It helped, it really did.
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