I'm 28 weeks pregnant, and yesterday my midwife tested my hemoglobin level. Right now it's at 14.2 g/dl. At the beginning of the pregnancy it was at 14.7 g/dl. She seemed a little bit concerned about this since perhaps my blood volume wasn't expanding enough. I've gained ~20 lbs so far, and my fundal height is increasing in a typical way....She told me to eat more food, which sort of makes sense - more weight gain would = more blood volume, I guess...I was wondering if I should stop taking my prenatal, which has a lot of iron in it. I am also vegan, so maybe it's the lack of milk products (which can cause people to absorb less iron) causing this.
I looked at some research on the web, and although there isn't a whole lot on the subject, there were several studies that indicated a significantly higher rate of stillbirth/other problems for mother/babies with high hemoglobin levels. Normal hemoglobin at this point in pregnancy is around 12 g/dl. I don't really know how much to worry about this. I don't have any health insurance, so I only want to go to a doctor if really necessary. I trust my midwife, but sometimes I feel like she's not up to date on certain things. Not that this is a common problem she would know about - lots of people have low hemoglobin levels. Also, maybe she just didn't want to scare me. Are there any people out there who have any advice to offer?