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#1 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 11:15 AM - Thread Starter
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I have mild anemia and I am 21 weeks pregnant. My last test shows that I have 10.6 hemoglobin and 33 hematocrit.
My gynecologist recommended I get iron intramuscularly every five days. But a hematologist told me that iron stains the skin permanently and that my leves are not worrying.
I`m taking I am taking 100 mg oral iron passing one day since week 17.
I do not want to have more anemia, or follow the rest of the pregnancy worried if the oral iron is working or not.
Has anyone had any experience with intravenous iron? What have been the results in your blood tests? I have severe anemia? Very disturbing? Does the oral iron will not help me improve or be too slow? Please help me.
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I'm shocked your OB would reccomend iron infusions for 10.6.  It is really not that low!  


To give you perspective, mine was 9.4 and I have gotten it up to 10.2 and my midwife is pleased with the improvement.

You need to spend time researching the subject.  There is a lot of interplay with vitamins C, B12, and calcium consumption that can complicate Iron absorbability.

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I agree that iron infusions sound extreme. 10.6 isn't that low. 11ish is preferable but there is certainly nothing life threatening about a 10.6. Mine was 10.1 and my midwives just ask me to increase iron in my diet and start taking Floradix (a liquid iron supplement). Cooking with cast iron is good too. Calcium will inhibit absorption though so don't drink milk with iron supplements or with food you are eating to increase iron. Vitamin C aids in absorption of iron.

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I had anaemia in pregnancy. I was started on iron i.v. (i personnally would totally refuse i.m. - I mean, that's painful, right?!) - but my level was 8,5 and I was having symptoms like shortness of breath and being painfully tired - plus the oral medication did not work. @all: it does not only depend on the iron levels, like the exact numbers if you need to give iron, also on symptoms and how the fetus is doing. there might be a valid reason on recommending iron parenterally at this level, you never know the whole story! Hang in there

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I was so anemic in my last (not current) pregnancy that they could not even get a reading--we got an error message. bigeyes.gif I had to take Floradix and eat a ton of iron rich foods to get me up to a 10ish. I had no insurance so any IV iron, etc was not an option for me. I am really surprised at the recommendation of iron injection at that level. 

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